STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 45958-14551 LABEL: CMR 881413003327 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2008-06-30 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Steve Hayes
R-Swift is a man after God's own heart and this is clear from top track "Stage Fright" where he prays for God's help and God's glory in a world that rarely wants to hear from God. The album is a true hip-hop project, east coast and street in vibe and delivery, with tasty beats and a smooth delivery from one of CMR's most talented artists. "In Session" spits fire over a full break about God the timeless creator who's second to none, "The Floor Is His". A standout and positively infectious track is "Good Morning" as he testifies about God who brought meaning to his life and "turned (his) dark nights into sunshine." R-Swift consistently serves up challenging and hard-hitting lyrics, such as the break-based "Freedom": "..the city is where the mission is and Jesus is where forgiveness is." We see the superficiality of chasing after things in life in the brilliant "Gone", asking, "What do you have when it's gone?" This is a timely message also found in tracks like "Lifetime". Powerful questions are asked in "American Soil" where R-Swift relates "what we sowed in the past is what we're reaping." The album ends with two more great tracks, "Re: Love Letter" and "Me On My Soapbox", re-affirming this is essential listening.
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“A soapbox is a raised platform on which one stands to make an impromptu speech, often about a political subject; also used to express concerns.”
R-Swift continues the revolution started with his debut release Revolutionary Theme Music by taking the gospel message to the people once again with his straightforward, creative and edgy approach in his second release, SoapBox.
The term soapbox originates from times when speakers would stand on a wooden soapbox, engaging in often impromptu public speaking.
Hyde Park is famous for its Sunday soapbox orators who have assembled at Speaker’s Corner since 1872 to discuss religion, politics and other topics.
R-Swift engages today’s culture on his platform of Hip-Hop, utilising his soapbox to present the truths of God and how they apply to reallife issues including politics, religion and social justice in our world. R-Swift pleads a message to all who will hear, convicting people from all walks of life, all to the glory of God almighty.