Forgive - Straight Fire

Published Wednesday 16th March 2011
Forgive - Straight Fire
Forgive - Straight Fire

STYLE: Hip-Hop
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 102514-17531
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Steve Hayes

The intro to the album sees Buckinghamshire-based Forgive recounting how he was inspired by his youthful exuberance to fully commit to Christ, to "become fierce white lightning for Christ." This album is proper hip-hop, combining some tasty beats (particularly on "Bounce"), lyrical excellence with insight with a twist of eccentric humour ("I was taking a walk in the back of my car/I can say what I like on the mic, I'm a star"). Throughout the album Forgive confronts those who don't believe in a Creator while emphasising the fact that Jesus is alive on "He Ain't Dead". Experimental moments like the bass-less "Insane" and "Gritty City" add to the vibe, with the rapper declaring he wants to "see this London burning". Forgive brings things down in the powerful and convicting "This World Is For You" as he challenges absent fathers, and in the testimonial ode to his wife, "My Life Has Changed", challenges men to love their wives. 'Straight Fire' ends acoustically with "Broken Heart" in which we're encouraged to give our damaged hearts to God ("holiness is needed to mend our broken land/Give your body and heart, not your token hand"). All in all, this is inspiring, indie British hip-hop.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Forgive in High Wycombe @ 14:01 on Oct 23 2011

Check out

Posted by Forgive in South Bucks @ 13:46 on Mar 17 2011


Posted by TomH in UK @ 22:52 on Mar 16 2011

Bought this on iTunes when this first came out. Still playing it. Still think it's awesome.

Posted by Heather in Tower Hamlets @ 17:34 on Mar 16 2011

loved the album. When's the next one?

Posted by Chris Boxall in Orpington @ 14:46 on Mar 16 2011

This proves that Christianity does not have to be detached from the real world, but that true Christianity is deeply involved in the nitty gritty of everday life, and that those who profess to follow such a way are not afraid to get involved in the broken communities that surround them.

I am looking forward to getting this album!

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