*Review* “Tough Love and Parables” – @mynameisbizzle

In my memory, there hasn’t been a buzz as big as this for a debut album in Christian Hip-Hop circles.

Bizzle, the Christian rapper who burst onto the scene last January with the “Explaining to Do” expose’ on Jay-Z’s illuminati/Masonic ties, presents to the world his debut album, “Tough Love and Parables”. Bizzle has, to date, released three mixtapes in his “Messenger” series. Messenger one last March, Messenger 2 last June, and Messenger 3 this past January. Each mixtape is available free of charge at http://www.iambizzle.com/

The album starts with an acapella intro verse. The verse doubles as a prayer and mission statement. The basic sentiment is that this world is used to evil, and that the truth has been suppressed. He asks God to correct him if he isn’t speaking the truth in love, but also points out the hypocrisy of most listeners who shun righteous “judging” and trade back their own form of judging.

EX: “if him saying thuggin’ is wrong is judging you/ then calling him a ‘square’ for not thuggin’ is judging too”

Biz also assaults the tendency of many in the public to defend those who are in the wrong by saying “he’s just trying to provides for his kids” pointing to the fact that there are those who speak up against the lawlessness and are killed for “snitchin” comparing the two vastly different forms of protecting ones family and children. Bizzle comes to give balance to our judgement scales according to the Bible.

The album transitions to “Long Time Comin”, a southern track that samples Sam Cooke’s iconic lines from “Change Gone Come”. Bizzle laments over the shunning from those he seeks to help with his stance against the lies given in most hip-hop music. Biz also exhorts the listener to walk uprightly and be an example of right living for their kids.

The next track is “15 Seconds”, it was originally seen on “Messenger 2”. Bizzle vows to use whatever attention he gets in his “15 seconds of fame” to tell the truth about the lies many have bought into. He also exhorts listeners to make a decision to stand against evil

After that is “Stand Up”, another song aimed to rally listeners to stand even against the masses. Bizzle tells the listener to “take off the running shoes and put the work boots on” while moving toward changing.

“Better Way” is the lead single featuring P-Dub aka Willie Moore Jr. Bizzle uses the track to tell stories, or parables, of those living the street life and pointing to a better way.

Next is “God Over Money” an anthem track, with an anthem hook. “I am a G.O.M’er, courtesy of G O D fo eva’, its God over money, and money over NOTHING, it only got the power that you give it when you love it”

“Somebody” is a track that Biz tells the story of Jay. The smooth track has the feel of a back in the day, reminiscing song. Through the song, Bizzle shows the consequences of making the wrong decisions in life and how they affect the people who love you most. This is a track essential to the project and is, in my opinion the best song on the album. Bizzle tells us that there is somebody that “sticks closer than a brother.”

“Don’t Throw It” is a track aimed at the sisters. You know the message; don’t throw it (your body) around carelessly. “Treat it like it’s worth something.”

“I’m Tryna Go” features Mouthpi3ce. The track sounds a little cheesy, but they make up for it with solid verses. Both pledge allegiance to the Lord and express willingness to serve the Lord in any capacity.

“I’ll Holla” is another exceptional track. It has a summertime feel, although the hook chant of “I’ll Holla” borders on something that’ll make you skip to the next verse.

“You Don’t Know” is a simple track, but the lyrical display on it covers that. In the third verse, Bizzle illustrates the father-child relationship and the foresight God has on how money and things would “spoil” us. If you are a parent, you withhold candy from your children, because you know it will cause stomachaches and cavities. Bizzle tells us that “Love” is not a “yes-man”, but will lovingly check you for your safety.

“This Ain’t Love” draws resemblance musically to “Maybach Music Pt. 2” by Rick Ross, but Bizzle, Lavoisier and Sevin go #GodOverMoneyAOMegaHOGMob on the track while explaining that Love has been taught to us wrong, we display fickle, self-seeking love.

The album ends with “Forgive Me” featuring Jin. Yes, Jin tha MC from Freestyle Friday fame. Both MC’s crack open their skeleton closets and dump the contents OUT.

This album is a solid entry, and accents the talents of Bizzle as a storyteller and highlights his picture-painting skills. Using vivid, yet realistic examples of compromise we see daily, he challenges us all to make a stand for righteousness.In my opinion some tracks could’ve used some reworking , but a good heart and solid to exceptional rhymes make this a good project.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Standout Tracks: “Stand Up”, “God Over Money”, “Somebody”, “You Don’t Know”, “This Ain’t Love”, “Forgive Me”

Lecrae: Rehab/Rehab Overdose Playlist

Christian Rapper Lecrae has seen an enormous amount of success and recognition over the past six months with his Grammy nominated album “Rehab” and its follow-up “Rehab: The Overdose”.

The theme of the two projects are indentical, and many of the songs from Overdose could fit into the frame work of Rehab. So I decided to make a playlist of the songs from the two albums and link the songs together to make a 28 song album. Check out my playlist and let me know your thoughts on song placement. Feel free to share your own versions as well.

1. Check In

2. Blow Your High (Feat. Canon)

3. Anger Management (Feat. Thisl)

4. Used To Do It Too (Feat. KB)

5. Killa

6. Strung Out

7. Divine Intervention (Feat. J.R.)

8. Just Like You (Feat J.Paul)

9. Chase That Intro

10. Chase That (Ambition)

11. Gotta Know (Feat. Benjah)

12. The Good Life (Feat. J. Paul)

13. Children of the Light (Feat. Sonny Sandoval & Dillavou)

14. Overdose 15. High (Feat. Sho Baraka & Suzy Rock)

16. New Shalom (Feat. PRo)

17. Battle Song (Feat. Suzy Rock)

18. 40 Deep (Feat. Tedashii & Trip Lee)

19. Walking On Water

20. God Is Enough (Feat. FLAME & Jai)

21. More

22. Boasting (Feat. Anthony Evans)

23. Background (Feat. C-Lite)

24. New Reality (Feat. Chinua Hawk)

25. Release Date (Feat. Chris Lee)

26. Going In (Feat. Swoope)

27. Like That

28. I Love You (Feat. Chris Lee)

Here’s a video of ‘Crae performing “Just Like You” at a Grammy showcase.

Da’ T.R.U.T.H. “I AM ALIVE” (LIVE PERFORMANCE)

Live performance of a new song by Da’ T.R.U.T.H. called “I Am Alive” testimonial style song. I dig it, what about ya’ll?

Lyrics

I was a convict, convict/
I was in bondage, bondage/
but now them chains is broken/
thanks to His loving-kindness/
now I just celebrate/
free from those hellish gates/
next time they gas me up/
I can’t accelerate/
cut up the fattened calf homey/
the prodigal is back/
lets get this party st-started/
cause I was going left/
but Jesus made me right/
let us rejoice and sing/
lift your heart to the heavens/
lift your voice to the King/
He turns weeping to dancing/
morning to morning/
Satan’s a snake in the grass/
Jesus is mowing the lawn and/
yeah/
His anger lasts only a moment/
but His favor’s forever and ever, homey!
so now I leap for joy/
like dancing in the middle of the aisle/
but He saw His love from afar/
yes sir, then He put them in a house/
gave Him His ring and robe/
love was plain to see/
and I love Jesus so/
cause He did the same for me!
I got this new announcement/
I’m drinking from His fountain/
Its only by his grace/
that me and my wife in counseling/
now I’m a living witness/
that Jesus is moving mountains/
you can not make me doubt Him/
I know too much about…..Him/
yeah/
this aint just for no album/
He snatched me from the pit/
I sense you know the outcome/
I’m singing praises/
at the kings table/
if there’s one thing I know now, I know that He’s able!
I know that He’s faithful/
I’m on my knees, grateful/
simply ’cause I’m forgiven/
by the God of peace and angels/
keeps my knees stable/
I hear the King saying/
onward Christian march/
like what precedes April/
yeah/
So now I’m pressing forward/
my soul is magnified/
I’m still the apple of His eye/
The devil tryed to kill me/
he thought ya man had died/
I got three words for ya/
I am ALIVE!

::Music Video:: Json featuring Thi’sl and Pastor AD3 -“Goon”


This is probably the best CHH video I’ve seen in terms of quality, and the SONG is ABSOLUTELY a BANGER!!!

The song deals with the perception of young black males who feel the need to overly hard, gangsta, etc. The fellas show you what God says you are, and thats NOT a goon, but an instrument made to worship Him and for His glory. I love the transparency of Thi’sl’s verse, and the line that stuck with me most was from Json “God made you in His image, not here to model men/ OG’s they may have raised you, but He made you to model Him”, and that is the synopsis of the song, it drives the point home with the delivery of a Griffey swing, and likewise, the song is a Home-Run.

This is the lead single from Json’s album entitled “City Lights”, due to release on July 20, 2010 on Lampmode Recordings. For me, this is a definite cop, and I hope you take a glance at the video, and some of Json and Thi’sl’s earlier works. Thi’sl’s album “Chronicles of an X-Hustler” released last year and ever since he’s made WAR on the hustler image thru not only his album, but all of the feature’s I’ve heard him on. Shoutout’s to Json and Thi’sl. Follow them on Twitter  @Json116 and @Thisl

CONCERT

Went to a concert in VA Beach Friday night, and I had a GREAT time. Jesus was definitely represented! The concert featured R-Swift and The Ambassador. They both performed individual sets, of about 6 to 7 songs.

Amba performed “Get You Open”, “Gimme Dat”, “My Clothes, My Hair”, “The Chop Chop”, “Whatchu Say”, and “Jesus”

Amba rockin the crowd

Swift performed “That Girl”, “Good Morning”, “Trap Muzik”, “No, No, No”, “Awesome God”, “Anthem”, and the Intro track from his debut album “Revolutionary Theme Muzik.

Swift controlling the crowd

This was The Ambassador’s first performance in the United States after returning from a sabbatical.

The setting was fun, yet intimate and allowed a peek into some of the artists that have impacted the lives of myself and others.

On a side note I got to meet and take a picture with Swift. He seemed to be genuinely interest to talk with anyone who wanted to talk to him. SHOUTOUT to him for that.

Me and Swift, chuckin the duece lol

Make sure you check out Swift’s latest album, “Anthem” and check out Ambassador’s latest album “The Chop Chop: From Milk to Meat” and in the summer keep your eyes open for a mixtape from Swift during the summer.