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Mark J. Felder is an American recording artist, recording under the mononym Bizzle. He has previously been referred to as 'Lavyss' & significantly is described by the title "The Christian Rapper" because of his lyrical interpretation of the Bible.

Bizzle has also been recognized for his controversial online dispute with rapper Jay-Z, in a rap diss song reasoning that Jay-Z required an explanation for his Satanist views portrayed in his music.

Early life

Bizzle was raised in Los Angeles, California. He first started his rap career as an 8-year old, when he wrote his first verse residual in his hometown. He practiced RnB as well from that age on.[1]

Music career

2004-2008 mixtapes

Between the years 2004-2008 Bizzle released 'L.A.V. Mixtapes' Volume's 1-5 in Southern California. He then released 'Dirty West Mixtapes' 1 and 2 with 360 Records in Houston, Texas, and returned to California to release his biggest yet, 'Certified Mixtape'.[1]

In 2005[1] he was offered a deal by 360 Records out of Houston and declined. Two years later, Bizzle had been offered a deal by Barry Hankerson to sign with Blackground/Universal, but he also declined that offer.[1]

He featured on many successful shows as the headliner and opened for artists such as Lil Wayne, Juelz Santana, Lil Boosie, and several more.[1]

The producers he worked with are variant,[1] namely platinum selling producer Chink Santana, Darock Ramos, Stack Bundles, Lil Eazy E, Roccett from CTE, Dirty Birdy, Pretty Willie aka P-Dub, Mouthpi3ce, Chino XL & Twank Star from Nappy Boy.[1]

He was also involved on a compilation project featuring Ne-Yo, The Game, Nelly, David Banner, T.I., Akon, and several various artists.[1]

Debut album

Bizzle spent three years preparing his debut album Grind Pays. Multiple singles where spread causing his Myspace plays to rapidly increase over 500,000.

His music thus filled the street of Los Angeles and Inland Empire areas. The success obtained from his Myspace fan based indicated that the expectations for the album were big, but notably, it is believed that God had bigger plans for Bizzle.[1]

2008 Influences in Church

In 2008 Bizzle began attending church more frequently and his relationship with God grew stronger.[1]

The influence of his religion there after lead him to a decision. In January 2010 he released the track 'You Got Some Explaining to Do', a song directed towards Jay-Z, exposing him for his negative references towards Jesus in his lyrics.[1] This caused much controversy.

The result of the diss song lead Bizzle to a stage of continuously being called the "Christian Rapper that dissed Jay Z".[1]

2009 - 2011 The Messenger

After the fame of Bizzle's anticipated diss song he decided that his music would thereafter reflect Christian view in effect of bringing Glory to Jesus Christ.[1]

He released his first Christian Mixtape entitiled 'The Messenger' in March 2010. The Mixtape received much success[1] online, namely on web sources such as YouTube, and various hip hop promoting websites such as Worldstarhiphop.com, Allhiphop.com, Mediatakeout.com & Bossip.com.[1]

So far, over 1 Million downloads for this mixtape has been recorded.[1]

'The Messenger 2: Delivered' & 'The Messenger 3: Truth Music' respectively followed in the years of 2010 & 2011 after the success of the 1st mixtape.

Tough Love & Parables (2011-Present)

Bizzle's first Christian Hip Hop album entitled 'Tough Love & Parables' was released June 21, 2011. On February 7, 2012 Bizzle and Willie Moore, Jr. released Best Of Both Worlds: The Album[2]

Personal life

Residence and family

Bizzle was born and raised in Los Angeles. After 18 years of recording[1] Bizzle resided in Houston, Texas. Till this day he lives there with his family - wife & son.[citation needed]

Religion

Bizzle is a Christian. His constant raps over his beliefs are seen in various songs in The Messager' 2 & 3 Mixtape. His song "Truth Music" from The Messager 3 displays a reflective view on his adaptation to being a Christian rapper, as well as the reason for the controversial diss song to Jay-Z.

Discography

Solo Studio Albums
Mixtapes
  • 2008: The Messager
  • 2009: The Messager 2: Delievered
  • 2011: The Messager 3: Truth Music
  • 2012: Best of Both Worlds: The Album

Controversy

In 2008 Bizzle released his online diss song 'You Got Some Explaining to Do'. The song is directed to top selling rapper Jay-Z. Although many possible views were provided, significantly the suggestion that Jay-Z negatively speaks about Jesus in his songs, as well as a personal religious insult which was felt by Bizzle himself, lead him to activism against secular views in the Hip Hop industry.

See also

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 Who Is Bizzle. iambizzle.com.
  2. Best Of Both Worlds: The Album. amazon.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-06. Retrieved on 06 June 2012.

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