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John Reuben


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Columbus, United States (1994 – present)

John Reuben Zappin (born January 14, 1979 in Columbus, Ohio) is a Dove award nominated Christian rapper and singer signed to TobyMac’s Gotee Records. He released his debut album, Are We There Yet? in 2000 and has since released 2002’s Hindsight, 2003’s Professional Rapper, 2005’s The Boy vs. The Cynic, 2007’s Word of Mouth and 2009’s Sex, Drug and Self-Control. He has also released a remix album of tracks off his first three albums, titled So In Hindsight the Professional Rapper Isn’t There Yet.

John Reuben Zappin, was born in Columbus, Ohio. He is of Jewish heritage and according to his MySpace, his mother is the owner of a Christian Death Metal record label. Raised in Pataskala, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, Reuben got his start in rapping in 1994 by taking the bus into the city to rap on open mic nights and participate in rap battles at the age of fifteen. Reuben later released Monuments, an independent EP, which caught the attention of Gotee Records. They took a chance, signing him to the label and releasing his first project, Are We There Yet?, in 2000. TobyMac, the founder of Gotee Records, provided vocals for the album’s final track, “God is Love”. Reuben’s next release, Hindsight (2002), continues his use of a wide variety of musical genres and thoughtful, often funny lyrics. The album was praised as a “truly eclectic and creative hip-hop album that blends old-school sounds with progressive production.” Once thought to be a Christian version of Eminem. Reuben’s first two releases established him as an original, witty, sarcastic musician, as well as Gotee’s top-selling solo rap artist.


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  • gospoman05

    Welcome to the 500,000 Club, Mr. John Reuben (mic-checkin'-one-two'in)

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Eestlane

    listen to John Reuben - In The Air on youtube

    7 Jun 2012 Reply
  • SmicTaguer

    word of mouth is an epic album

    3 Jul 2011 Reply
  • pineapples626

    The first concert I ever went to, he was a supporting act.(:

    10 Mar 2011 Reply
  • LewisSO

    This guy needs more listens & listeners.

    21 Oct 2010 Reply
  • ultraviolet56

    For those that have had the opportunity to meet him multiple times...does he always remember you?

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • audiomane

    the cheerleader vid is the funniest vid I seen for a loooong time

    6 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Eestlane

    "btw, what's with the empty () behind song titles? " Some last.FM fail probably

    5 Sep 2010 Reply
  • tinybluebox

    changed my life.

    5 Sep 2010 Reply
  • sillygirlNL

    He's great! btw, what's with the empty () behind song titles?

    30 Aug 2010 Reply
  • infearandfaith5

    haha just saw him lolz 361 more days til alive 2011 lol

    27 Jun 2010 Reply
  • dj_lovejoy

    Been a fan since 1998!

    26 Jun 2010 Reply
  • ultraviolet56

    just saw him live for the first time last night, and it was sick! John was entirely gracious and very funny in person. :D

    16 Jun 2010 Reply
  • tux71925

    word flyer, it means that they are both christian rappers. nothing to do with talent

    27 May 2010 Reply
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    12 May 2010 Reply
  • WordFlyer

    Finally got to see him live last week. Hung out a little after the show. Reu is a class act---he's a rare artist, not just a rapper. Fresh beats, and he spits truth. It's too bad KJ-52 is listed as a related artists.... It's like comparing a BMW to a Hyundai in terms of talent.

    11 May 2010 Reply
  • echelonstudios

    The new CD is different for Johnny Reubonic...but's growing on me. Catching lyrics and beats as per a usual production from Mr. Zappin :D

    28 Dec 2009 Reply
  • bait_The_noose

    New CD = Epic!

    24 Dec 2009 Reply
  • CocoMonster

    How are the Supertones on related artists??? Because they're both Christian? Guhhhhhhhhhhh

    19 Aug 2009 Reply
  • jlitevich

    Im with john c riley, reuben is a joke. His new "town folk" video?? the only reason he has a career is because he's in the christian music industry. lecrae, tedashii, mars ill, k-drama, thats christian rap.

    18 Jul 2009 Reply
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