STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 24334-CAS1137 LABEL: Benson 02635 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Dave Massey
The lyrics of this album hit you right between the eyes, there's absolutely no compromise here. . ."Sing it is the church or on the streets/ The Lord Jesus Christ is just too sweet/ And I'm not ashamed of his Holy Name/ My faith is for real, this is not a game." These are the first lines of the first rap, the rest are just as potent ranging from the prophetic to cudgelling the unconverted on the head with the gospel. The whole recording struck me on two levels, the actual content and the production. The raps were delivered with a lot of style and energy, whilst the production seemed to alternate between being inspirational and pedestrian. On the track "R.A.P. Righteousness and Praise," the intro is inspired. The bass and lead guitars bounce off one another against a syncopated bass drum and finger click. But then on "Christ Is King" a major synth sound is forced against a minor rap and in this context it just doesn't work (painfully!). It's a shame that the production is so inconsistent, but the quality of Transformation Crusade shines through none the less. The only crit is that they don't seem to have taken current trends in rap into account. With people like M.C. Hammer, L.L. Cool J and Betty Boo, rap is becoming more memorable with a solid hook, and sometimes a sung chorus. The only lines I can remember from this recording are "Hold on", and "Get sold out 100 percent / Get sold out stop paying rent." I hope that you won't be put off what is essentially a rather good rap mini-album. I think that with a bit of production muscle behind them, Transformation Crusade could well be transformed.
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