John Reuben is a Christian rapper.
John Reuben (full name John Reuben Zappin) has contributed to Christian and secular albums alike, and has been frequently releasing albums as of 2000, as has fellow Christian rap artist KJ-52 and the group Ill Harmonics. Much like KJ, as well as Ill Harmonics, Playdough and other names in the world of gospel rap, John Reuben uses a rap flow similar to mainstream artists, but has a slower pace and gives the lyrics more focus. As some may find the album title Professional Rapper to suggest, his lyrics are arguably the most refined of all Christian hip hop to date, generally excluding all but one slice of urban slang (the laughter, often used to retain an appealing flow), although Reuben often uses less sophisticated dialogue while appearing on a "street" rapper's album, his appearance on Black Sheep inspired "The Choice is Yours," available on KJ-52 Presents Collaborations.
Zappin is a good friend of TobyMac's, who executive produced his 2005 album The Boy vs. The Cynic and provided vocals for Are We There Yet's final track, "God is Love". Also appearing in John Reuben's songs are Matt Thiessen of the band Relient K, Othello and Adrienne Camp of the now dissolved The Benjamin Gate. In addition to John Reuben's surprisingly sophisticated style in lyrics, most every song of his (not counting the duets) takes advantage of "traditional" musical instruments, typically the guitar, though John Reuben experiments with many different instruments and musical styles.
- Are We There Yet? —2000
- Hindsight —2002
- Professional Rapper —2003
- So In Hindsight the Professional Rapper Isn't There Yet (Remix)—2004
- The Boy vs. The Cynic —2005
- Word Of Mouth —2007
- Sex, Drugs, and Self-Control —2009
- Extreme Days (Compilation, 2001)
- Collaborations by KJ-52—2002
- The Ringleader by Template:Arist—2003
- Roots by The Katinas—2003
- Just Ragga (Compilation, 2003)
- X 2004: 17 Christian Rock Hits (Compilation, 2004)
- X 2005: 17 Christian Rock Hits (Compilation, 2005)
- Sens (The Evan Anthem, 2005)
- Hip Hope Hits 2006 (Compilation, 2005)
John Reuben was also mentioned in TobyMac's song "Gotta Go", of Welcome to Diverse City . In it Toby's fan Cupid holds a conversation with him via telephone and finds that the rapper is "hanging with John Reuben". In response, Cupid asks TobyMac to tell him that he says hey, which leads the fan to mention a demo he sent him, of which TobyMac was not intent on listening to.
- This article was originally forked from John Reuben