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Mark Julian Felder,[1] (born July 21, 1983), more commonly known under the mononym Bizzle, is an American Christian hip hop recording artist and entrepreneur. Previously referred to as Playboy,[citation needed] and Lavyss. In January 2010, Bizzle released "You Got Some Explaining to Do" directed towards Jay-Z, calling the rap icon out on his negative references towards Jesus and Christianity in his music. The video caused much controversy and generated a buzz that even Bizzle couldn't anticipate. He released a statement in an interview with AllHipHop.com.[2] He released his first mixtape, The Messenger, in March 2010.[3] Shortly after the release, he founded God Over Money Records in Houston, Texas. Since its creation, the label has released eight mixtapes,[4] a collaborative album with artist Willie 'P-Dub' Moore Jr.,[5] three full-length studio albums,[6] and signed two artists.[7][8][9] Bizzle released his debut album, Tough Love & Parables, on June 21, 2011 which debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart.[10] It appeared on the iTunes Store swoosh= banner.[11] The Good Fight was released on May 7, 2013 and debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Gospel Albums chart, No. 7 on Christian Albums, No. 11 on Top Rap Albums,[12] and sold a total of 3,962 copies in its first week.[13][14] Bizzle received nominations for Rap/Hip Hop Gospel CD of The Year at both the 2012[15][16] & 2014 Stellar Awards,[17][18] sharing the category with artists Derek Minor, Lecrae, and Thi'sl. He also received three nominations at the 2012[19][20] & 2013 Kingdom Choice Awards and although he didn't win any in 2012, he won all three categories in 2013 for Rap Single of The Year, Hip Hop Album of The Year, and Music Video of The Year.[21] Bizzle caused a commotion in the media when he released Same Love: A Response,[22] the artist's reaction to a controversial wedding ceremony broadcast during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. As expected, the response track received a lot of media attention.[23][24] Due to the extremely angry response Felder received,[25][26][27][28][29][30][31] he created a website to draw attention to the apparent lack of tolerance toward Christians and their differing views on the definition of marriage.[32][33][34]
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