Christians in the rap scene have generally been lame and lamer. Which has been why rap in the Christian industry has been fairly unsucessful. Sure, there has been a good group or two, but 99% of it is pretty ignorable.
Now, 2003 has been an interesting year for me. One of my favorite cds of the first quarter was the rap cd by the duo Furthermore who, surprise, believe in Jesus as Christ. They put out one of the most quality non-black rap products I’ve heard. (That doesn’t mean a lot of people agree with me. I’ve read a lot of bad reviews. I suspect I’m the only person who even bought the cd. I like to think that it’s too creative for most people.)
And now, over half way through the year, comes a second surprise, Backbreakanomics by Mars Ill. These songs are off the heeze. The beats are low and the hooks are big. There is, overall, a very big sound here. This is enhanced by an energy that the recording captured. And, what’s this? Creativity? They introduce elements to a song which just work so well and which this listener have to heard in a rap song before (especially track 6. What the heck is that?).
There are no motherfuckers. No slappin’ my bitch. No bastards shootin my bitch’s motherfucker. Lyrically clean, but as the quality of music is high, that won’t distract from it’s power. My pre-release is not graced with lyrics, however, as best as I can tell there isn’t any “Praise God!’s” or anything (as the CCM industry has been sterotyped) that would make your athiest grandmother blush. At least nothing more than, say, a Blackalicious or Common.
Ooops, I forgot. The only reason people listen to rap in the first place is because they want to hear about their homies shooting that bitch. They want it fuck this and fuck that. Without the motherfucking all street cred is lost and without street cred no one will give a shit.
But hey, I’m happy. I have heard this cd and that’s all that matters to me. If you don’t care, then I don’t worry about it. Listen to this cd or don’t.
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