Christopher "Play" Martin, one-half of the early
rap duo Kid 'n Play, is releasing Holy Hip-Hop, a new DVD that showcases
rappers from the world of gospel music.
Martin serves as host, director and producer of the 82-minute DVD, which offers
an inside look at artists leading the way in the gospel rap scene.
"When I got introduced to this world about ten years ago, I had no idea it was
around," Martin told AllHipHop.com. "I've been blessed to get a second time
around and it's very special to see the packed concert halls to basements, watching
crowds of all kinds going bananas over Hip-Hop tracks and flows like it used
Martin, currently CEO of HP4 Digital Works, became involved in the gospel Hip-Hop
scene in the mid-1990s, following his stint as a member of Kid-n-Play.
The rapper has enjoyed both recording and on screen success and has starred
in movies such as House Party (1, 2 and 3) and Class Act.
Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian, Martin found his true calling
was in the film world.
"After I realized my purpose and true love for film making, I pitched the idea
to my partners," Martin said. "I was given all access into the lives of most
of these incredible artists [featured on the DVD] and now I hope I have contributed
in sparking a new life into the Hip-Hop culture.
"I hope this is the beginning of a new chapter in Hip-Hop music, something better
for my sons Christopher and Skyler, for their generation and beyond," Martin
continued. "I haven't lost my touch. You know ya boy throws a great house party!'"
Holy Hip-Hop hits stores Wednesday Mar. 21 and features 5.1 surround
sound, interactive menus, scene selections and trailers.