The 29th Chapter - Underdogz

Published Monday 24th July 2006
The 29th Chapter - Underdogz
The 29th Chapter - Underdogz

STYLE: Hip-Hop
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 18819-10217
RELEASE DATE: 2006-07-31
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

'Full Time' really began putting these four hip-hop evangelists on the map. The crew have honed their live performances to include video elements and synchronised moves so it was only a matter of time before they got a larger distribution for their music and here it is! 'Underdogz' combines the three things that make The 29th Chapter so good: catchy melodies, solid imaginative fresh grooves and lyrics that pack a punch every time. An attention seeking soulful track like "Lose Control" exudes confidence with every syllable whilst "For The One" which features Birmingham rapper Sammy G is a hilarious attack on faux rappers. Similarly "This Little Gangsta" attacks the downside of hip-hop culture and lifestyle. I love "29 Train" which is a Kingdom manifesto with each member of the group adding their vision for what the world would be like if it was turned upside down by Jesus. Jahaziel makes a guest appearance on the ragga flavoured "Don't Shake It" which speaks out against the, ahem, more sexual nature of club and rap video culture that feature too much explicit behaviour and images. The social commentary continues on the haunting "Short Stories (Alone Tonight)". The album closes with another collaboration with worship man Tim Hughes on the vertical song "Saviour". Rap worship anyone? I think what I love best about these songs is the way the group aren't afraid to tackle some difficult stuff which they manage without becoming preachy. The 29th Chapter are creating a positive hip-hop culture which at the moment seems defined more by what they're not as much as what they are. From start to finish this is packed with engaging fabulous songs and I can see myself playing just about everything on the radio. At last, it's The 29th Chapter's time and this is powerful, creative, spiritual hip-hop that is strong enough to stand its ground against the best that's out there.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Sarah in London @ 15:01 on Sep 14 2010

These guys are awesome.
Saw them at Soul Survivor a few years ago. Love their music, plus they are lovely guys - BONUS!
I would definitely recommend buying this album, and their other albums too!

Posted by keiron stevens in london @ 00:40 on Nov 15 2008

u obviously got a gift frm god and u use it. My 3 year old loves your tunes speiacly money trust bruv i wont be losing your cd thats guna help my lil girl coz i want her in our family. anyway nuf repect frm me keep up the good work. ps i take it u realise your guna be massive an good luck at da awards peace n 1 love

Posted by Ellen in Witney (oxford) @ 15:52 on Aug 2 2008


i saw you live at new wine!! AMAZING!
Oh and lovin the irish accent!! :)

Posted by peter in nottingham @ 09:36 on Jun 30 2008

ur album underdogz is massive i like the short stories that got me nd my m8z thinkin nd we prayed 4 a m8 whoz in the wrong crowed so yea those stories wer massive

Posted by charlotte in west london @ 15:04 on Apr 14 2008

Defo one of the best christian CDs i've heard recently - deserves better than 10/10!!! Also saw the guys at Spring Harvest and they're awesome live!!!

Posted by maria in wales @ 17:51 on Oct 28 2007

i think you guys are absolute awsome!!

i love u all!!

ur really talented!

awsome songs! ;)


Posted by (x)Lba(X) in sPAiN @ 12:53 on Jan 5 2007


Posted by callum in Beeston @ 19:22 on Nov 19 2006

u r cooooooool !!! (what is yr MSN)

Posted by Max Taylor in Southampton @ 20:03 on Aug 16 2006

Picked up the album at Soul Survivor and it is excellent, even better than than this review could even describe.
29th Chapter were awsome when i saw them - really getting the crowd going.
Most definately will be huge!!

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