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Harold B. and His Inspirational Hip Hop

He wants to be radical in his approach to his music in 2005. He once thought Christians shouldn’t perform rap and now he wants to use his music to reach out to the people on the street. His name is Harold B. (born Harold Boid). His thoughts concerning Christian rap changed when he noticed how the music was reaching people on the street and transforming their lives. It was then that he adopted a more radical approach to his own music. 
Harold B says traditionally, Christian music was one or two dimensional. It was simply used to encourage and teach one another. He wanted to add another dimension,  to reach out. He took a more evangelistic approach to his music. 
In talking about this evolution in Christian music he says it is now at the point, “where you can take it to the street, bring it out of the church and take it to the entire world.  I’ve seen lives changed.”
His new style of music emerged as a neo-soul or R&B sound that emanated from his own personal experiences. 
He says the new styles of Christian music that are emerging offer youth more options than before.  “It opens it up for everything and anything that it can be. All that it can be. All that God desires it to be.”
Harold B’s CD Quest is truly an original work. He wrote all the songs on the album and co-produced it.  His music is also fulfilling Christ’s command and in just six months since its release in August of 2004, songs from the album have been played on radio in London, England, Brazil, and St Croix and on 53 radio stations in the United States.
Where did the CD title come from? “ Quest is to find your identity, which is as a child of God, and your destiny, which is your purpose in God, “ he says.
Later in the year Harold B will be releasing a double CD. As hard as The Phantom Tollbooth tried to twist his arm he would not divulge anything else about the project.  He did say however that he has plans for more music videos and a ministry trip to Africa. He was coy concerning details about those projects as well.
Harold B. is a native of New Jersey who until recently was an independent artist. In 2004 he entered into an agreement with Mountain Top Records.
By Joe Montague, exclusive rights reserved

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Joe Montague is a  freelance Christian journalist / photographer who has been published in a variety of community, daily and Christian newspapers coast to coast in Canada and the United States.  Joe Montague's ministry of journalism is dedicated to the memory of his late son Kent David Montague who went to heaven far too early at the age of 18. 



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