STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 83461-15832 LABEL: Cross Movement 881413003921 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2009-10-01 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Steve Hayes
R-Swift hails from the excellent Cross Movement Records stable and this set rolls through mainly East Coast stylings but with cuts from the Midwest and with guests adding extra flava. He's joined by Sho Baraka, Monty G and Britain's very own Jahaziel. It's the collaboration with Monty G on the dancehall salted "No, No, No" where the duo let rip about their "transformed man on fire" over a remixed hook of Dawn Penn's classic "You Don't Love Me" which really stands out. Also affecting is the East Coast fuelled "The Anthem" on which R-Swift proclaims "My aim is to see the Lord reign. . . bottom line, no Christ, no hope." Interesting tracks like "The Beginning" assure us that the consequences of sin are death, both spiritually and physically, as the rapper tells the life-story of a lost soul in reverse, from death to birth. An attention-grabber is an open rhythmic letter "Dear Mr. President" where the MC expresses his heart to President Obama. Another standout is the roller "Flava Of Forever" with the towering triumvirate of Theory Hazit, KJ-52 and Braille bringing their inimitable styles and flows. A fine album.
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What comes to mind when the word Anthem is used? Some would be surprised to know that the word “anthem” is also defined as “A body of sacred music, usually using the Scriptures.”
In this sense “Anthem” both titles and best describes R Swift’s highly anticipated follow up to his second release SoapBox.
In Anthem R-Swift expresses the Lord’s worldview in contrast to the world’s
R-Swift once again uniquely conveys a timely message in a way that will convict and challenge believers and non-believers alike to sing and to live His Anthem.