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There are rappers who boast about the things their favorite movie characters have done. They brag about money they don’t have as if it’s already been deposited in their accounts and invested multiple times. None of it is fact, all fiction. Just aspirations.
Then there are folks like Cal Ripken, a young MC who simply spits it how he lives.
Utilizing ability to rap, produce, and sing a hook or two, Cal approaches each track with the intention of painting an accurate picture of what he knows first hand. There are no "woe is me" tales. No urban youth inner-city tragedies to profit from. No tales of posting on corners. But there are stories of girls, parties, relationships, and business, plus a heavy dose of pretty-boy braggadocio.
Exhibit A: His last mixtape Reality Bragging. The thirteen-track release uses original and industry beats as the backdrop while weaving tales of issues dealing with promoters and industry folks, the complexity of intimate relationships, the occasional hater, taking ladies to the crib, and living the party life.
“I’m braggin’, but it’s about what’s real,” explains Calvin Jackson who chose the name Cal Ripken because the baseball great played his position and played it well. “He was the best at what he did and he stayed in his lane,” notes Jackson whose lane could be described as that of the business-savvy, community-connected entertainer.
At the age of 26 he’s a certified entrepreneur with the tax-id number and LLC classification to prove it. His company, Flood The Streets Entertainment (FTS), is responsible for employing local DJs, promoters, and graphic designers during their years all while pushing Cal Ripken as an artist and a brand. Always looking for ways to expand while maintaining a do-it-yourself attitude, he created Top Floor Productions, a vehicle to advance and market his team.
Wise Sheep Among the Wolves
All Christian disciples have one thing in common: as they carry the gospel across the ocean and across the street, persecution will become the norm for those who choose to follow Jesus. How believers respond in the face of persecution reveals everything about their level of faith and obedience.
The Insanity of Obedience is a bold challenge to global discipleship. Nik Ripken exposes the danger of safe Christianity and calls readers to something greater. The Insanity of Obedience challenges Christians in the same, provocative way that Jesus did. This book dares you—and prepares you—to cross the street and the oceans with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Some of Jesus’ instructions sound uncomfortable and are potentially dangerous. We may be initially encouraged by His declaration, “I am sending you out.” But how are we to respond when He then tells us that He is sending us out “like sheep among wolves"?
Nik and Ruth Ripken are veteran overseas workers for 30 years. During those years they have served in the fruitful harvest fields of Eastern and Southern Africa along with their three sons. Since 1991 they have labored in countries which are predominantly defined by persecution toward those coming to faith in Jesus Christ. Following the deaths of many converts to faith in Jesus within a Muslim setting, mainly due to their relationship to foreign workers, they also experienced the death of their 16-year-old son on Easter Sunday morning due to an asthma attack in 1997. Soon after this the Ripkens began a global pilgrimage among believers in persecution to recapture a biblical missiology of witnessing and house church planting within environments of persecution and martyrdom.
To achieve this goal the Ripkens have interviewed approximately 600 believers who live in environments of persecution, totaling 72 countries to date. These believers have courageously shared with the Ripkens how to thrive in persecution, more than just survive. They represent what victorious living in Christ entails, echoing the biblical account itself. Sitting at the feet and learning from believers in persecution has resulted in the writing and publishing of many articles and books related to faith in persecution. The Ripkens also offer a 3 to 5 day workshop for churches, seminaries, Bible colleges, and especially for those living and making Christ known in the midst of persecution.
Currently the Ripkens live in the Middle East.
Live at 10:05 on MTR Radio I host my final show for a bit and I'll look into the sporting world crystal ball. Where will Melo land? Will Terry Collins hold on to his job? Will the Yanks make a big trade or will they struggle with injuries? I'll take your predictions and we'll all see together what came true and what was crazy to say. I'll also give some love to our Delaware Valley Cal Ripken Baseball All Stars and as much as I can get to in an hour. Call the show (609) 910-0687 Download the MTR Radio app to listen on the go or listen live on your computer www.mtrradio.com for all the madness! Podcast will be available for download later as well.........
Tonight we will be having local artist that you should know stars in their own right. We have some out of town guest as well hailing from Florida to Atlanta make sure you show some cleveland support. We gon have D-Neil from Cleveland, James Wothy from Atlanta, Tre from Cleveland, and Cal Ripken from Oakland California..... we also have a new singer making his way from Cleveland Keno.....And more talent to come....!!!!! So Check out this new Cleveland Talent and show some Warm Cleveland Love and Keep it Creamy Cleveland till Then......!!!!!!
Young Adults sure need their Lord: 300,000 attempts at suicide every year with the young people of America. More teenagers died last year than the entire Iraqi war. Every 30 seconds a teenager is attempting suicide due to bullying.
One principal said we had 5 suicides in the last seven weeks. One principal canceled graduation because of a suicide that was going to happen during the graduation program. In front of one school a principal showed me a cemetery with gravestones representing students that had died the previous year in their school.
Bob Holmes is on a quest to stop bullying and suicides among young adults. We have an incredible high death rate for over dosing of drug and alcohol in New Hampshire. Bob has been speaking to young adults for the purpose of stopping drugs alcohol, and suicide among our young people in America. To learn more go to http://www.beatbob.com/
BOB IS A ONE MAN VOLLEYBALL TEAM WHO SINGLE-HANDEDLY TAKES ON TEAMS. RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT JUST FINISHED A SECOND STORY ON BOB BECAUSE OF HAVING PLAYED MORE GAMES THAN ANY ATHLETE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN ANY SPORT
18,400 WINS 365 LOSSES
HE HAS BEATEN THE: MINNESOTA VIKINGS, PITTSBURGH STEELERS, THE MIAMI DOLPHIN, WASHINGTON REDSKINS, TORONTO BLUE JAYS, BALTIMORE ORIOLES WITH CAL RIPKEN, A FIRST PLACE BEACH TEAM, THE BUFFALO BILLS THREE TIMES and HAS APPEARED IN OVER 5,500 GYMNASIUMS IN FRONT OF OVER 5 AND A HALF MILLION PEOPLE
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