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Music Review: Thi’sl – Chronicles of an X-Hustler

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Unashamed profligacy, egotism, and perplexing moral decadence sum up the state of our society today. While sex trafficking continue to flourish under our very nose, and members of the ordinary family unit increasingly become residents of young offenders’ institutions or committed to memory as pictures on shirts; lots of celebrities we hold in high esteem continue to play down the direct effect of their repeated rehab visits, possession of guns, and senseless debaucheries on the younger generation!

But Thi’sl, a former gang banging thug, a candy-man, and an ex-cocaine addict has a serious message for all those who would care to listen. With his hardcore Christian Rap message that hits deep and raw, Thi’sl (real name Travis Tyler) takes the audience on a grim trip through the stark world of slavery to drugs in the Chronicles of an X-hustler, beginning with his life story.

I was left astounded listening to this Rap album of the year Stellar award nominated release. You can’t help but replay the whole 16 track CD over and over again. Chronicles of an X-Hustler features unforgettable singles, hardcore street rhythms and rhymes, thought-provoking groovy tunes, and sheer brilliance!

In fact, I am most impressed with thi’sl’s rendition of the single “Baby Girl”. Brothers and indeed all unfaithful husbands who find it difficult to appreciate their partners need to listen to this and borrow a leaf from Thi’sl’s beautiful love song — a tribute to his one and only wife. And I quote -“You can take everything that I own, take my crib, my ride, money et al; but leave my baby girl!” He enthuses further, “Believe me, she’s the one that holds me down”.

Now a Urban crusader and an ambassador for God, Thi’sl is committed to reaching out to those destitute of love, forgiveness, hope, salvation in our neighbourhood. Having survived a gunshot to his head, overcome a life of servitude to crack cocaine, being on the inside, and now given a second chance. Thi’sl[This House I shall live], is one of the many Christian rappers “souled-out” to reaching the neglected and all the rather invincible on the streets -with the message of the gospel of redemption. Such a role that the church ought to relate with and uplift today.

“Overseas missionary work is good”, he admits, yet “charity begins at home” he hones.

Carry on doing your Grind Thi’sl, God’s  “forgiven” you, and there’s certainly no turning back  because Big Daddy’s got your back up there!

Track Listing.

1. Set the scene.
2. I Hate You.
3. Windows Down.
4. On My Grind.
5. LifeLine.
6. I forgive You.
7. Baby Girl.
8. Urban Missionary.
9. Set the Scene- Lil Homie.
10. Picture on a Shirt. and more.

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