The Gospel according 2 R.A.P is a Nigerian based gospel hip hop music group that defines its style of music as hard hitting lyrics laced with the power of spoken word over head bumping beats. R.A.P music as defined by GA2R is an acronym for “rhythmically applied poetry” or “radically amplified praise” as the aim of the music is to spread the word of God across all borders regardless of age, sex, ethnic group, gender and race.
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The message is simple, “Jesus walks”, “God rules and is totally in charge”. The group is a twelve (12) man band whose members are Mr. Rah, Da Professer, Kudo, Kenny, Tiny, Chichi, G.Base, Choco, T.Toms, Tolu, Dr Slim and L37 – a group of young adults that range from undergraduates to working professionals in the information technology and financial services sector. GA2R has been in the music industry for over 5 years, having performed alongside other mainstream acts like Sammy Okposo, Mike Aremu, Roof Top Mcs, Cobhams Asuquo and Bouqui in such events as the “Cool FM’s Praise Jam1 & 2” and The “UNMASK” music concert in Lagos and Abuja with over 6,000 people in attendance.
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Their debut music video “Nu day” was a regular feature on Prime time televisions’ Naijizie while their first radio single “imela” was a frequent anthem on such pioneering radio stations as 96.9 Cool Fm and Rhythm 93.7 FM.
GA2R initially started out as a four (4) man band during their early days in the University of Lagos having performed in countless shows on and off campus. Their large fan base and popularity eventually spread across board which led to numerous performances in churches and youth programmes around the country.
The concept “Gospelling through Rap” (captioned in the July 23, 2004 article by the Daily Sun Newspaper); is a bold description of the genre of music canvassed by the group, as today’s rap artists may be stereotyped to portray the radical image of hip hop which primarily glorifies extreme wealth, lavish living and material possession.
Gospel according 2 Rap has been described as The Notorious B.I.G and Tupac Shakur reborn and reincarnated but doing things in a more positive way, a more productive way, a way that our Mum’s, Dad’s and even kids will be proud to listen to, to turn up the volume, fasten their head phones, recline their seats, bump their heads and say yeah! The message is clear, it edifies, it motivates it uplifts and inspires.
“We’re not saying that we are perfect; we’re saying that we have learned to embrace our imperfections, accept our differences and through the gift of music ,aspire to do things better than those before us so that the next generation will have a brighter and more positive future to look forward to.”
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