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T-Bone

Many Christian rap artists are known more for the breadth of their content than the quality of their rhyme skills, but Latino West Coast MC T-Bone has been praised for both. As one of the early rappers within the subgenre, many of his peers could not match his rapid-tongue delivery and witty rhymes. Believing that "hip-hop is the language of the streets" and that "God is the language of love," he has been determined to win over people off the street and into the church through his rap music. His Nicaraguan father and Salvadoran mother, who were both pastors, raised him in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA. For many, that would mean a strong Christian upbringing, but as a youngster, T-Bone identified more with the street life and the tales of N.W.A and 2Pac. His moment of clarity from the dangerous life he was leading came after his best friend was killed in a drive-by. Putting to use his rhyming skills as a part of his transformation was an easy decision. Starting in 1993 with Redeemed Hoodlum, he managed to release an album almost every other year, working exclusively with producers the L.A. Posse and Chase. With Christian rap still in its infancy, T-Bone's second album, Tha Life of a Hoodlum, in 1995 did receive some attention, charting in the Top 40 of Contemporary Christian albums, but it was not until his fifth full-length, The Last Street Preacha, in 2001 that he received more widespread praise. The album had some radio hits, placed in the Top 25 of Contemporary Christian albums, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. By this time, T-Bone had gained the respect of artists ranging from KRS-One to E-40 to Yolanda Adams, all people with whom he has collaborated. He also obtained a role as a rapping inmate in the 2003 film The Fighting Temptations, which starred Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Beyoncé. Having garnered more exposure, T-Bone decided to make more of a crossover attempt with his seventh LP. Bearing on the cover his best impersonation of Latin American socialist Che Guevara, 2005's Bone-a-Fide had him teaming up with several notable producers, including Louis "Buster" Brown of Buster & Shavoni (Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams), the Avila Brothers (Usher, Janet Jackson), and Fred and Rodney Jerkins (Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez). The album was nominated for a Grammy and peaked at 25 for overall Christian albums. ~ Cyril Cordor
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I like listening to t-bone because he's A good Christian rapper
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually work
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I like to listen to t_bone he best Christian rapper in the world
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He's one of the longest standing Christian rap artists and he's great!
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Cool song one of the best christian rappers there's alot more god blessed us with good music amen
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I really want to meet him
So good
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I tots love t-bone oh and u friend me i friend
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I never herd this before I like this he good t bone I like this song
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I listened to him for first time back in 98 on a CD named Latin Hip-hop Flava. I love the sound of hydraulic s
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The godfather of gospel rap
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jdjerred
love it!
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it's a lil twist & sound like spin off from whodini it's all good
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Love him!!God bless I will love to meet him!
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Is my favorite to listen to next to b.b. Jay.
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I met him also be 4 he blew up way back in 90s at my old church event first assembly of God lake elsinore
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I'm blessed to had met him before he blew up. He still remains humble. His dad was my pastor and he was the worship leader.
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The purpose of this music is for WORSHIP! PRAISE GOD, PRAISE JESUS! Dont forget Brothers and Sisters.
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Love t-bones music!!! It rocks!!!
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He is still around I know cuz he's my uncle
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T-Bone fan since the 90's and can't noboby match up to his lyrics and rhymes!! Thats why he is the best!
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snoopy10121
Love his music!!!
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T- bone working on making a movie is call I'm in love with a church girl
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Please follow I will always follow ya back :)
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drcalmes
Hope he is still around haven't heard anything about him or anything new from him.
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Live for Christ
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I've listen to T-Bone since I was a child and now 20 years later his music still speaks to the streets and what lifes really like
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calebv12
Is T-Bone still around? or is he done?
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Yes he is awesome I have all of his albums
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T-bone is the boss. Very smooth rap
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why is there only like 800 people who like t-bone??? HE IS AWESOME!!!
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toniques07
Love this song.
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I love this. Nice and cooool…
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Need a tru 4 u album!!!! Jatekh@hotma i l . c o m
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~ thank you the.rawness of the truth of Love Jesus Christ for the street our hood(~_~)©
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I had Tha life of a Hoodlum on cassette when I was kid and 18 years later he still sounds amazing to me! God bless
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As good as ANY non-Christia n rapper. Except better.
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T-Bone is my nickname.
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This dude is a phunk monster. Beastly rapper. He deserves more recognition.
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Another OUR DAiLY BREAD $UNG.
Stay Bless & Be Bless thats all folks
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tonysaenz43
T-bone is the bomb !!!!. His raps are beast !!.
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He's a boss!!:D
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@croman6, T is a Latino, not white. He's fire!!
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heartprints7 3
dont read this cause it actully works you will get kissed by the love of your life on the nearest possible friday tomorrow will be the best day of your life however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days now youve started reading so dont stop this is so scary put this on at least five songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. this is scary cause it actually works
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I def like T-Bone. He has a blessed talent.
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clbland00
One of the fastest rappers.Go T-BONE!
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it don't get more original an old school then t-bone!
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:)
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I agree with @ahard1
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T-Bone is most definitely talented; however I personally feel that he has somewhat water downed lyrics. I really prefer 116 Clique
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