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Music Review: Kirk Franklin – The Fight of My Life

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The gospel sensation who introduced Hip-Hop to Gospel, releases his latest album entitled The Fight of My Life. Grammy-winning, multi-platinum gospel artist, Kirk Franklin has rewritten the image of traditional gospel music, and added a unique urban flare making music history. His bombastic beats and radical lyrics compel the attention of a broader audience in comparison to other gospel artists.

Franklin’s song “Declaration (This Is It!)” is a remake of the song “This Is It!” by pop-rock singer Kenny Loggins. This song motivates and stirs the soul to action. It denounces the troubles of life’s current situation, and proclaims victory through faith in God.

“Little Boy” speaks out to young people, urging them to “get right before it’s time to go home.” Its spunky beats enforce the message of the song that we must all do better.

The mellow tunes of “Help Me Believe” inspire the struggling soul to believe beyond what is seen through natural eyes and past-present conditions. This song is a soft reminder to walk by faith and not by sight.

The song “Hide Me” has a jazzy connotation that acknowledges the fact that growth comes with rain. Rain symbolizes the trials one faces during their journey to heaven. Without rain it would be impossible to flourish. Rain is needed for beauty, growth, and strength as the lyrics of the song point out.

“How It Used to Be” exposes the reality of human nature, being consumed by life and losing sight of God’s will. However, confessing shortcomings and asking forgiveness, is a sure way to get back to “how it used to be” prior to the interruptions of life.

There are 16 tracks on Franklin’s The Fight of My Life but “A Whole Nation” is one of my favorites. It features 11 year-old Donavan Owens. This song definitely puts into perspective what it’s like for a child to grow up without a father. It has an old-school twist. The message in this song is targeted toward fathers and the importance of his role in the lives of his children. Fathers are needed.

Franklin is a living example that with God all things are possible. The passion that stems from his music reaches out to the youth who are seeking Christ. Franklin has a powerful testimony and is a living example that with God all things are possible. His childhood has made it easier for him to relate to the youth today, thus being the reason why they gravitate to his music. There is little doubt that The Fight of My Life will top the charts, following the same path as Franklin’s other hits.

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