Various - Higher Ground: Hip-Hop Reformed & Reborn
STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 10462-9858 LABEL: Image Music Group 014381104028 FORMAT: CD Album RRP: £14.99
Reviewed by Kwaku
This is the soundtrack to a film that celebrates life and the Lord, despite the harsh American inner-city life. It's so easy for us to think rap music has to be dark and gangster-ish. Thankfully the holy hip-hop artists here sound just as strong and groovy, and have skills comparable to many of their better-known secular counterparts. Standouts are the R&B-laced rap from Jah Word featuring Gibraan, Christsyde and The Cross Movement, the funk-driven rap by Gibraan and CL Ryderz, and female rapper Elle ROC's aptly-titled R&B-laced 'So Beautiful'. The interludes here include soundtrackfrom the film, such as Gospel Gangstaz's Tik Tokk's confession of his past life as a gangbanger!
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Presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ through cutting-edge music and images has historically put this community on the 'outs' with traditionalists in the Church, yet it has catapulted this music to the forefront of the mainstream.
Come inside and embrace intriguing and very candid stories from some of gospel's most legendary and accomplished artists. They paint a vivid and colourful portrait of what it's like to be on the edge in Higher Ground: Voices of Contemporary Gospel Music.
Artists include: Donnie McClurkin, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Dr. Bobby Jones, Karen Clark Sheard, Vickie Winans, T-Bone, Yolanda Adams, Edwin Hawkins, Gospel Gangstaz, Dorinda Clark- Cole, Virtue, Tonex, Fred Hammond, Brent Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Out of Eden, Albertina Walker, The Cross Movement and many others.