Mr. Del (Delmar Lawrence) is a pastor, author, producer and artist who has been releasing solo projects and developing Urban Gospel and Christian artists and groups for over ten years with his Holy South and Dedicated Music Group labels. After a successful career in mainstream hardcore rap, the Memphis music mogul made the life changing move to Christian music. Mr. Del raps and preaches an unsieved message of righteousness and hope through his non-traditional sermons and unfiltered hip hop music.
Mr. Del’s 2007 installment HOPE DEALER spawned the hits “Oh My God”, “U Can Do It 2” and a special guest feature from Grammy Award Winning Jazz great Kirk Whalum. The innovator and Godfather of Christian Hip Hop and kingdom swag is dealing a second dose of HOPE. HOPE DEALER 2 will drop on all digital music retail outlets on July 7.
HOPE DEALER 2 will feature killa collabs with Christian Rap and Urban Gospel’s most dynamic artists and Mr. Del’s long-time friends and colleagues: Canton Jones, Uncle Reece, The Gospel Gangtaz, Pettidee, Andale’, D-Maub, Still Trill Christians, Freeway Ricky Ross and The DMG Family. HOPE DEALER 2 releases on Mr. Del’s Memphis based Urban music label Dedicated Music Group (DMG) and Universal Music Christian Group.
Mr. Del continues to grow his evidential brand in Christian Hip Hop Music, impactful Urban Ministry, mass Guerilla Marketing and signature Kingdom Swag. His discographyof hits and projects span over 15 years and include: THE FUTURE (EMI Gospel, 2005); HOLY HIP HOP: Taking The Gospel To The Streets, Vol. I (Grammy®nomination Best Rock Gospel Album); and THRILLA (2010 GMA Dove Award nomination Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year, debuted at #2 on Billboard Christian R&B/Hip Hop Chart).
His longevity and innovativeness in music has garnered the respect and collaborations with legendary hip hop artist Cheryl “Salt” James of Salt-N-Pepa, Fabo of D4L, world renowned jazz artist Kirk Whalum, soulful singer Lisa McClendon, CCM multi-award winning group Out of Eden, musician and singer Debra Killings and label mate Canton Jones. In 2013, he released his first book, Soul Ties: How to Detox From Toxic Relationships.