ShunDi - First Impression

Published Sunday 29th October 2006
ShunDi - First Impression
ShunDi - First Impression

STYLE: Hip-Hop
RATING 3 3 3
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 19986-10870
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Paul Woodward

With hip-hop being such a phenomenon it is a very crowded market even where Christian music is concerned, particularly in the US. With so many exciting groups and artists both new and old, an extra artistic and spiritual edge is needed to stand out from the crowd. Unfortunately this album is not exciting enough to stand alongside the likes of Grits, LA Symphony, Ill Harmonics, etc. A look at ShunDi's website ( shows him to be both intelligent and visionary, citing the five fold ministry of Christ (Ephesians 4:11), apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher as elements he aspires to in his rhyming and his hip-hop as aiming to find a bridge between the mainstream and the underground. But on this album it is almost as if ShunDi has too many ideas as he speaks through out the whole album barely taking a break with the effect of the songs seemingly rolling into one. There are a few interesting moments on the album such as the title track and "Pledge Allegiance" which both feature Emcee and have a slightly more R&B feel. But as a whole the album, despite the artist's best intentions, fails to excite.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Cisco in Illinois @ 16:36 on Dec 4 2006

I agree with the above comments, it seems as thought this wasn't a review of the album but a quick over view of who Shundi is, go to and check out some clips of his album, and make a judge for yourself, I have this album and it's been in my rotation for the last year.

Posted by Nicole in Texas @ 02:36 on Nov 2 2006

Though Emcee doesn't appear on Pledge Allegiance, he does add a fresh twist to several other tracks. I don’t believe shundi's intent is to "be like" any other artists in the game. Rather, I believe his intent is to bring something fresh, new, and relevant while being true to the flair of old school hip hop. I value an artist who is willing to step and bring a new twist to the industry. If you are looking for something that will captivate your intellect, add depth to your life, yet still make your head bob to the hot tracks behind the lyrics, I recommend shundi's "First Impression."

Posted by NICOLE in TEXAS @ 02:10 on Nov 2 2006

As a fan of all types of music, I must disagree with this review on shundi's album, "First Impression." My perception of shundi is that he is indeed intelligent and a visionary - which are both key elements in the success of his ministerial efforts; and, neither disqualify him from standing as a solid artist alongside some of the most popular groups in the hip hop game. While Shundi's lyrics are deep, intense, and thought provoking, he brilliantly combines the truth of biblical doctrine while maintaining relevance to the lives and circumstances of the people who listen to his music.

Posted by jason author in texas @ 19:05 on Nov 1 2006

wow this review is terrible...
you cant even name the right song title with the right sound..

my suggestion is to go listen for yourself
instead of letting words review your music
let your ears

i liked it and copped it

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