STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 19986-10870 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
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 (www.shundi.net) 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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