STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 153826-22592 LABEL: Reach FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Steve Hayes
Trip Lee, now in Atlanta, Georgia, recently released this, his fifth solo album, through Reach Records though, like everybody else, he's now wondering where that leaves him now that Lecrae has led Reach into a tie-up with Columbia Records. However that pans out, 'Rise' is a passionate, hope-filled and honest project that has already touched the lives of many and will no doubt touch many more. With a passion to preach Christ and with theological training, Trip Lee (William Lee Barefield III) has an ability to rap with a clarity that requires the listener to listen through the whole album to fully grasp. With a dirty south current throughout, the emcee brings street life and vocals ("Beautiful Life 2") to inspire and encourage. Standouts include the gritty and lyrical vibrancy of "Manolo" with a guest appearance from Lecrae and "All Rise Up" which takes a more east coast, laid back groove encouraging us all to "stand up for the King cos he's good." Production is varied and the tracks "Insomniac" featuring Andy Mineo and "Lazarus" featuring Thi'sl, the latter over some feisty southern bass, are particular standouts. There is also a good closer with "Sweet Victory". In case you didn't know: we win.
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