STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 19914-14227 LABEL: Cross Movement 814509010015 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Steve Hayes
Lecrae is another talented artist coming out of the legendary gospel hip-hop Cross Movement camp. One reviewer described this album as good as Ludacris but without the swearing and negative message. But this is so much more than that, as the title track suggests, Lecrae challenging the listener, "After the show, after the set, after the music stops, what's next?" There are several top notch tracks across the project, laden with mainly dirty south beats, rumbling basslines and deft tunes. Case in point is the jump-up "Jesus Muzik" which is a dirty south rider as Lecrae and Trip Lee display lyrical agility as they discuss bumping "Jesus music" in their vehicles. More lyrical fury comes in "Run" with Lecrae demonstrating an absurdly smooth flow, with a ragga-toting hook. A change in direction is "Get Low" over crunk rumbling beats and electric guitar as Lecrae reminds us to get low and humble before God and rep God not self: "I really shouldn't trust myself, cos without God I'm nothing but dust myself." A down-tempo standout track is "Prayin For You" as a man struggles with life's temptations and in his relationship with God, despite God's blessing - Lecrae revealing that "the person I've been praying about is really me." All in all: great music, Christ-filled lyrics and top production.
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Lecrae is back with his gritty, southern style and versatile delivery that captivated audiences on his debut release Real Talk. Poised to deliver more truth to the world, Lecrae returns with a much needed message on his second album After The Music Stops.
Introspective songs like I Did It For You and crowd-pleasing tracks such as Run showcase Lecrae’s unique ability to mix his distinctive southern style into a versatile sound of authentic Hip Hop.
Keeping a tight connection to his listeners while delivering a heart-convincing message with passionate energy, After The Music Stops is sure to be an inspirational tool in the arsenal of youth striving to live for the glory of Christ.