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Alex Zurdo, Dee-1, Derek Minor, Manny Montes, Angie Rose, Emcee N.I.C.E., Flame, Aaron Cole, Canton Jones Among 15 Headliners Announced for God’s House of Hip Hop 20/20 Summer Fest at Press Conference and Brunch at Banc of California Stadium 50 Additional Performing Artists Announced Online God’s House of Hip Hop Nominated for Second Stellar Award Get God’s House of Hip Hop 20/20 Summer Fest Tickets
Los Angeles, CA – January 24, 2020) – God’s House of Hip Hop 20/20 Summer Fest, covered by Pollstar, Billboard and GRAMMY.com, announced the 15 headliners for the July 17 and 18 event at a press conference Thursday, January 23, at the Banc of California Stadium. The list includes some of the most celebrated talent representing Christian Hip Hop (CHH), Latin CHH, and Gospel Hip Hop music. The headliners for Friday, July 17, include Alex Zurdo, Derek Minor, Aaron Cole, Flame, WHATUPRG, Steven Malcolm and Manny Montes. The artists headlining on
Saturday, July 18, are Canton Jones, 1K Phew, Aha Gazelle, Dee-1, Jor’Dan Armstrong, Bryann Trejo, Emcee N.I.C.E. and Angie Rose.
Fifty additional artists were revealed Thursday on the 20/20 Summer Fest Instagram page. Other artists performing on the opening day of the festival include Wande, Canon, S.O., TH3 SAGA, Propaganda, Jered Sanders, Joey Vantes, BrVndonP, Roqkstar, Miz Tiffany, Parris Chariz, Paul Russell, Heesun Lee, Young Noah, MainMain, H.U.R.T., Illuminate, Harmini, Dusty Marshall, Davion Grayson, Travis August, Kyle Alexander, Rezurrection and Rarebreed.
The second day of the festival features Ruslan, NobigDyl, Ty Brasel, Eshon Burgundy, Uncle Reece, Uzuhan, Mission, Loso, Shepherd, Datin, Jon Keith, Ada Betsabe, A.I. The Anomaly, 1K Pson, Reconcile, Toyalove, Torey D’Shaun, Kevi Morse, Traxx, Bridgewater, Miles Minnick, Brea Miles, The Cofields, Keasha, Sevin Duce and Zaydok the God Hop MC.
Headliners Dee-1 and Derek Minor as well as DJ Standout, one of the 20/20 Summer Fest deejays, attended the press conference and shared their excitement to be participating in the event. Derek Minor says his involvement with the festival is affirming. “It’s super crazy to think that we’d be playing in a venue of this magnitude,” says the “Change the World” artist. “It’s humbling number one, but it also testifies to the impact of being honest and true and authentic. I think a lot of times people think that you have to fit into the mold of what every else does but I’m thankful that we’ve been able to stay true and authentic to who we are and glory pour on us.”
Dee-1, a former middle teacher in New Orleans, says being a headlining artist for 20/20 Summer Fest and performing at the Banc of California Stadium feels like a dream. “Honestly, it’s crazy to look behind me and see a huge stadium like that,” the “Sallie Mae Back” rapper says about the 20,000-plus seat venue. “My students didn’t believe me when I told them Mr. Augustine aka Dee-1 was not only going to make it but was not going to compromise anything I stand for. God is still going to be first in my music.” He added that the festival confirms that the genre has “made it.” DJ Standout applauds the 20/20 Summer Fest Executive Producers Aulsondro “Novelist” Hamilton aka Emcee N.I.C.E. and Chantal “Chanie G” Grayson’s commitment to grow the festival. “The beauty of it is that Emcee N.I.C.E. and Chanie, you guys have put it all together,” he says. “It’s not just a one-year thing. You have a vision for this to be
a year after year thing and for it to grow. I’m just excited for the momentum that dreaming this big can be great for the culture and all the things we are working on it.”
Emcee N.I.C.E. and Chanie G are also the owners of the Stellar Award-winning God’s House of Hip-Hop radio station powered by Dash. Hip Hop pioneer and legend Kurtis Blow, and syndicated radio personalities Chris Chicago and Willie Moore Jr. are three of the event’s hosts. The event’s seven deejays are legendary DJ I Rock Jesus, Hot 97’s DJ Tony Tone BKS, DJ Standout, one of the top female deejays, Fleet Gospel DJ Ms. Eclectic, Stellar Award Winner DJ Dwight Stone, DJ Jesus Beats and DJ Will from Jacksonville.
Hamilton and Grayson’s God’s House of Hip Hop (GH3 Radio) which boasts 24/7 programming of Christian Hip Hop (CHH), Latin CHH, and Gospel Hip Hop music has been nominated for the 2020 Stellar Awards Internet Station of the Year. Last year, GH3 Radio won Hip Hop Station of the Year. God’s House of Hip Hop celebrated its one-year anniversary in August. The station was nominated for 11 and won 3 The Spin Awards (Best New Station of the Year, Best Radio Show Two or More Hosts, Internet Radio Personality of the Year). The ground-breaking platform was honored with a Steeple Awards nomination for Urban Inspirational Artist of the Year (Emcee N.I.C.E.) and two Kingdom Choice Awards nominations.
About 1K Phew
The Stone Mountain, Georgia bred hip hop artist was signed to Reach Records in 2017 and appeared on Lecrae’s
Metro Boomin-produced single “Hammer Time.” He has released a number of projects including the “Never Too
Late,” “Sunday Night” and “Life” mixtapes as well as the “What’s Understood” and “WU2” albums. He also recorded
“Brotherhood,” the season-anthem for the Atlanta Falcons and appeared on the NBA 2K20 soundtrack playlist.
IK Phew: Instagram
Reach Records About Aaron Cole
Aaron Cole, the 2019 GMA Dove Awards New Artist of the Year, began his career at the age of four when his father
wrote him the song “Jesus is the Rock.” The talented rapper and singer released his debut CD in 2003. His
independent releases have achieved significant acclaim that lead to tobyMac singing Aaron to his Gotee Records
label. He was featured in Rapzilla’s Freshman Class of 2016 and included in Essence magazine’s 16 gospel artists to
Aaron Cole: Instagram
Aaron Cole: Website About Aha Gazelle
By 13, multi-talented musician Aha Gazelle was already playing the trombone and the drums. He released his first
mixtape at 15 and began teaching himself how to play piano at 18. His music caught the attention of Lecrae who
signed him to Reach Records in 2017 where he remained for one year. He released his latest project “180” in
Aha Gazelle: Instagram
Aha Gazelle: Website About Alex Zurdo
Alex Zurdo is one of the biggest Christian Latin Hip Hop artists with numerous music videos with tens of millions of
streams on YouTube — “Te Busco” (92M), “Sin Ti” (57M), “Nadie Como Tú” (55M), “Cierra La Puerta” (39M). He
wrote his first rap at 11 years old and released his debut album “Nada Es Mio” in 2004. His “¿Quién Contra
Nosotros?” received the GMA Dove Award Spanish Language Album of the Year award was nominated for a Latin
Grammy for Best Christian Album (Spanish Language). Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he studied electronic
engineering at the University of Puerto Rico.
Alex Zurdo: Instagram About Angie Rose
Capitol CMG recording artist and Bronx native Angie Rose has been compared to Lauryn Hill and early 2000s era
Jenny From the Block. Her latest releases are “Fight Like A Man” and “Lie to Me.” Some of her previous works
include “Unstoppable,” “Bright Lights” and “For the Love.” She has shared the mic with Tory Lanez, Andy Mineo,
Christon Gray and Oswin Benjamin.
Angie Rose: Instagram
Angie Rose: Website About Bryann Trejo
After years of involvement in gangs and spending time in jail, Bryann Trejo followed the lead of his identical twin
brother and accepted Christ and the two began rapping together. When his brother was tragically killed in 2013,
Bryann was led to rap about the gospel. He has released albums “Truth Teller” and “Kingdom Psalms: Songs of
Bryann Trejo: Instagram
Bryann Trejo: Website About Canton Jones
As a member of Morehouse College’s Glee Club, a pre-fame Canton Jones performed for Oprah Winfrey, Stevie
Wonder, Dr. Bobby Jones, Ray Charles as well as the 1996 Olympic Games. The singer, rapper, songwriter and
producer released his debut album “20 Years 3 Months 12 Days” in 2002 and more than 10 additional sets including
“Love Jones,” “Kingdom Business” Parts 1 – 4, “God City USA” and “Ghost.” He has been featured on projects with
Tye Tribbett, Deitrick Haddon, AndyMineo and Kierra Sheard.
Canton Jones: Instagram
Canton Jones: Website About Dee-1
A former middle school teacher, New Orleans native Dee-1’s 2016 song “Sallie Mae Back” that celebrated paying off
his student loans went viral and was covered by CNN, ESPN, Forbes and TIME Magazine. He has collaborated with
platinum artists including Lupe Fiasco, Macklemore, Sevyn Streeter, among others. He has released a number of
albums and EPs.
Dee-1: Instagram About Derek Minor
Recording artist and co-founder of Reflection Music Group, Derek Minor has received GMA Dove, Stellar and
GRAMMY Awards for his works “Minorville,” “Empire” and production on Lecrae’s “Gravity.” He has released projects
in partnership with eOne, EMPIRE, and Universal. His music has been featured on NBATV, NBA on TNT, ESPN,
ABC, among other outlets.
Derek Minor: Instagram About Emcee N.I.C.E.
Coming from El Paso, TX, Aulsondro “Novelist” Hamilton p/k/a Emcee N.I.C.E. is the curator and co-owner of CHH
(Christian Hip Hop) and Stellar Award-winning Gospel Hip Hop radio station God’s House of Hip Hop (GH3 Radio)
powered by Dash, based out of Los Angeles, CA. He launched his music career as a Christian rapper, only to find
that the genre was closed for progressive Gospel. Later, he forged a path as a secular artist and found much success
working with the likes of Nas and Tupac (posthumously), on motion picture soundtracks, and as co-creator and
co-star as Novelist in the 3D animated music series “Da Jammies,” formerly on Netflix, currently on KidGenius TV,
Comcast/Xfinity XOD, Amazon Prime and ROKU. Returning to Gospel Hip Hop, Emcee N.I.C.E. released his debut
CHH album “Praise” in 2017, achieving chart-topping success across multiple platforms, most notably on the
Billboard charts. His single from the album, “I Got Angels” inspired by legendary gospel icon Richard Smallwood,
peaked at #1 on the Hot Single Sales Chart as well as Billboard’s Gospel Digital Song Sales Chart. “Praise” reached
#1 on the Top Gospel Album chart, along with his collaboration with Grammy award winner Fred Hammond, titled
“Glory to God,” from his sophomore CHH album “Iron Dove.”
Emcee N.I.C.E: Instagram
Emcee N.I.C.E: Website About Flame
The Stellar Award-winning artist who has also been nominated for GRAMMY and Dove Awards, Flame has released
nine albums including “Captured,” “The 6th,” “Royal Flush” and “God Knows.” Born and raised in the inner city of St.
Louis, Flame founded Clear Sight Music and has toured throughout North America and the Caribbean, Africa, Europe
Flame: Website About Jor’Dan Armstrong
Baton Rouge native Jor’Dan Armstrong is a contemporary gospel artist and producer who has worked with Tyrese,
Kierra Sheard and Johnny Gill. His projects include “Blsd (Deluxe),” “Vibes,” and “52 Weeks of Summer.”
Jor’Dan Armstrong: Instagram About Manny Montes
In 2002, Manny Montes released his debut album “Realidades” that included the hit single “La Vida que Nace de
Muerte.” The success led to his participation in “United Kingdom,” a collaboration with a number of Christian rappers
and the “United Kingdom: El Concierto” event and CD and DVD. He has released a dozen albums including
“Presenta Los Inmortales,” “El Escenario,” “Linea de Fuego,” “Solo Rap” and 2019’s “Amor Real International
Manny Montes: Instagram About Steven Malcolm
Grand Rapids, Michigan bred emcee Steven Malcolm has been nominated for 3 GMA Dove Awards and his music
has been streamed more than 11.5 million times, featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday and been used by NBA on
ESPN and on VH1’s “Black Ink Crew.” His albums include his self-titled debut and “The Second City.”
Steven Malcolm: Instagram
Steven Malcolm: Website About WHATUPRG
Reach Recording artist WHATUPRG began rapping at the age of 12 and self-releasing music by 14. His 2016 single
and video “Don’t Forget to Live” was a breakthrough. He has released a number of projects including “Pleasant Hill
EP” and “RAUL.”
WHATUPRG: Website About Chantal Grayson
Chantal “Chanie G” Grayson is an entrepreneur, real estate broker and author. Grayson is a co-owner of the
award-winning GH3 Radio – God’s House of Hip Hop radio station. As a real estate broker, Grayson has brokered
several multi-million dollar transactions and has additionally provided consulting for several non-profit organizations
throughout the greater Los Angeles area, assisting with business formation, branding, and marketing. She has
authored books, “Love at First Sight Positive Affirmations for Young Girls of Color,” “Paths to Success Leverage:
College Admissions, Financial Aid and the Art of Applying” and “Don’t Hate My Football IQ: The Gridiron Simply
Explained.” She has a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on technology from California State University
Dominguez Hills, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of California Santa Barbara, and her
GRI designation in Real Estate. About Banc of CA Stadium and LAFC
Designed by Gensler, Banc of California Stadium is the home of Major League Soccer’s latest expansion team, Los
Angeles Football Club (LAFC). The 22,000-seat development is the first open-air stadium to be built in Los Angeles in
over 30 years. Located in Exposition Park, Banc of California Stadium brings more than $350 million in private
investment to Southern Los Angeles.
Banc of California Stadium offers premium amenities and hospitality spaces throughout the venue including a
chef-driven international food hall, event rooftops and speciality bars. Perfect for any sized event including
conferences, socials, and festivals, the stadium is equipped with state of the art technology and the best sight-lines of
it’s the type with a 34-degree seating slope creating a close-up experience for fans. About Dash
Dash Radio was created by the world’s biggest DJs who became fed up with the limitations of regular FM radio (and
hate internet playlists that pose as radio powered by soulless computers). Together, they formed Dash with one goal:
to provide the best radio platform in the world. This means all the variety you ever wanted with zero commercials …
oh ya, all live 24/7, for free. Dash Radio works hard to provide the best radio experience in the world (seriously, there are live DJs in the studio
right now 24/7) but please tell them what you want to hear, add, or change as they are constantly evolving. If you like
what you hear and want to help them grow, tell your friends to join the evolution of radio. Thanks for being down with
Dash on day one.
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