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Grammy-Nominated Christian Rapper Phanatik Publishes “The City Of Allegory”

After penning “The Death of Hip-Hop, Morals & Marriage,” the Cross Movement Records star publishes his first novel.

Grammy-nominated rapper Phanatik has always had a way with words. The Cross Movement Records artist put his unique storytelling ability into book form in his new novel, The City of Allegory.”

Phanatik’s first self-published book, The Death of Hip-Hop, Morals & Marriage, was a non-fiction work exploring the roots of social ills in the urban community. His new book, a fictional account, happened almost by accident.

“I actually didn’t plan on a second book,” said Phanatik, who started writing the project for his website. “As I started writing the first metaphor, I couldn’t stop. I kept writing, and I was like, ‘Wait, this is more like a chapter for a book than something you just throw up on the Web.’ Once I wrote the first chapter, before I knew it, I had [Chapter 2] and I had [Chapter 3], and I could just see the plot stretching.”

With two books to his credit, Phanatik is a pioneer of sorts in the Christian Hip Hop genre in terms of creating resources other than music aimed at the hip-hop community.

The 226-page book introduces readers to Trumaine, a/k/a Tru-man, as he leaves the inner-city to look for a “soul food” restaurant. As the story unravels, Trumaine begins to learn who his true friends are as some people aid and others oppose his journey to find food for his soul.

Phanatik believes that the book, much like hip-hop culture, has universal appeal. He’s received positive feedback from three different generations of people about City of Allegory.

“That’s the funny thing about our generation and our culture,” Phanatik said. “There really is no one target. Hip-hop has spanned now two generations and almost every culture. When you think about a Hip Hop influenced person writing, they’re going to have a bunch of people in view. I had a bunch of people in view.”

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Kwon Five-Nine is owner and co-founder of as well as SPEAKLIFE Radio Show. He has been involved in Christian / Positive Hip Hop since 1993 when he started rapping and has been heavily involved each year since. Starting in 2002, with "ONE80 Hip-Hop Show," a live concert series, Guerilla Cross has grown into a brand that services in concert promotion, event hosting, an online hip-hop & sports magazine, radio, media, ministry, etc. Based in Las Vegas, NV, Kwon Five-Nine has been a pioneer in the local CHH scene, evolving from local to international events and talent management. Covering sports: UFC, NBA, Vegas Golden Knights and more. Kwon has worked with hip-hop labels and artists: Humble Beast Records, Propaganda, Bizzle, Asaiah Ziv, JGivens, Dre Murray, John Givez, Lamp Mode Recordings, and Collision Records to name a few. Kwon is also a recording studio engineer with nearly 20 years of experience, as well as a 10 years experience as a professional web developer and graphic designer.

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