STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 14885-10702 LABEL: Cross Movement 881413001422 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
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Reviewed by Tony Cummings
This 2005 release launched onto the US national scene a Houston-born rapper who grew up in San Diego and Denver and brings a tough gangsta sound to the world of Christian hip-hop, particularly on "Represent" which will remind mainstream hip-hop followers of Lil' John. Elsewhere there is an energetic rock rap "Crossover" and the synth-driven "Who U Wit". The slower and more meditative "Take Me As I Am" documents the rapper's struggle to accept God's grace after a luridly sinful past. All in all, this is a quality album from a man clearly able to disciple youth on the gritty streets of Dallas.
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Hip-Hop has always been Lecrae's preferred form of communication but it wasn't until he was rescued by Christ at 19 that his music reflected his faith. Skilful lyrics and infectious beats connect with the listener emotionally and at the same time deliver sound Biblical truth.