New Breed - Nine

Tuesday 1st March 2005
New Breed - Nine
New Breed - Nine

STYLE: Hip-Hop
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11646-10448
LABEL: Uprok BED42404
RRP: £1.99

Reviewed by Mark Sherwood

This is the follow up to New Breed`s first album 'Stop The Music' and this duo have a good pedigree being involved in the collective known as the Tunnel Rats. This is a concept album exploring the nine fruits of the Spirit. The beats are fresh and the rapping is tight. What I like about it is that their lyrics come off nice, clear and understandable which is not always the case. The lyrics are printed on the cover as well if you miss anything. Macho and Elsie who make up New Breed explore a variety of different beats and concepts that breathe new life into hip-hop. These lyrics really aren't afraid to tackle life issues, ie, "Peace" explores a few scenarios with one common thread and that peace is only found in Christ, and "Self Control" tackles issues of pride that could come with even limited fame. The song "Gentleness" makes me smile as they point out, " Even MCs who carry the light, try to walk into the church like they ready to fight." Now I know we are called to fight a spiritual battle but this brings a bit of balance to the sphere of Christian hip-hop. If you are looking for something fresh in hip-hop then this would be a good place to start.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Love [Listen]
2. Joy [Listen]
3. Peace [Listen]
4. Long [Listen]
5. Goodness [Listen]
6. Faith [Listen]
7. Self [Listen]
8. Meekness [Listen]
9. Gentleness [Listen]
10. Outro [Listen]

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