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TITLE: The Tranzlation
ARTIST: Urban D
LABEL: Seventh Street Records
GENRE: East Coast Rap
SPECIAL EFFECT(S): A tight multicultural/multi-lingual array aided by members the Cross Movement, 1 Way, Mark of the East, and other underground greats.
PRODUCER(S): Platform Production, Golden Child, The Ambassador, Todd Collins, and Mike Conway


When listeners peep the sounds of Urban D, they can confidently know they have found a man who puts action to his words. Not only is Urban D a rapper but he is also true hip-hop minister. As youth pastor at Crossover Community Church in Tampa, Fla., Urban D leads a truly thriving multicultural ministry that disciples through worship and classes teaching MC-ing, Break Dancing, DJ-ing and drama. In the midst of all that work he models his craft as an MC, following two independent releases, with his first nationally distributed work, The Tranzlation.

Rock-hard East Coast beats are filtered through Urban D's Greek and Latino roots resulting in generous doses of both Mediterranean and Spanish sounds throughout. Urban D impressively brings the tri-lingual ruckus to his tracks; including dope collabos with KJ-52 on "We Go Together Like" and former Cross Movement MC, Cruz Cordero, with whom he completes the underground fan-favorite trilogy, "Roots: Chapter III." Cameos abound, almost too many to name, on The Tranzlation, as heard on the classic cipher "Who Do You Serve."

All in all, even when he rocks head noddin' beats on his own, Urban D. generously rewards listeners with the insight of a pastor, the passion of an evangelist, the wisdom of a social critic, and the vulnerability of a true brother. It's just good stuff from a man of action.

--Anthony Barr-Jeffrey