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The Atonement

February 22, 2008

Song Title
In Adam All Die
Atonement Interlude 1
School Daze
Atonement Interlude 2
Were You There?
Atonement Selah
Through My Eyes
Cj Mahaney Interlude
The Cross (3 Hours)
Atonement Interlude 3
Jesus Is Alive (House of Tea Remix)
Atonement Interlude 4
Mission Accomplished
Atonement Q&a
Triune Praise
Throne of Grace
The Gospel

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  • Original Release Date: February 22, 2008
  • Label: Lamp Mode Recordings
  • Copyright: 2008 Lamp Mode Recordings
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  • ASIN: B0012JQVT2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,659 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Cloud Over My Soul February 22, 2008
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I stayed up late last night until the day rolled over to download this album. It was worth losing a few minutes of sleep. I had a road trip today and I thought a few new tunes would help pass the time and the miles. I remember hearing shai say this was going to be a darker album than his previous. He was right.

As I hit the road and pressed play on my mp3 player, I drove under a sky filled with dark clouds. The Atonement settled over my soul like a dark cloud as well. This is heavy stuff, but good as well. I do like The Solus Christus Project better overall, but this is a tightly focused collection of songs that portray the theme of The Atonement powerfully. I look at it to music the way I look at The Passion to movies.

shai blows me away the way that he wraps his rhymes around such deep theology. He is an unabashed Calvinist yet I am not. However, he presents the doctrine very well on Mission Accomplished. Atonement Q&A should be mandatory listening material for all Sunday School classes. My favorite track on here is Were You There? which mixes in the hook from the old hymn of the same name.

The one big dislike for me is the spoken word by a guest on several songs. It's not terrible but for me it's not great either. I'd just as soon it be shai himself.

This cat from Philly raps the Gospel better than most pastors preach it. Definitely worth the investment. Props to shai, but the biggest props to God Almighty and His Son Jesus Christ!

UPDATE 3-29-12:
After 4 years of having this album I stopped back to up my 4 star review to a 5 star one. I elevate this profound work of "lyrical theology" to masterpiece status.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redeeming Hip Hop July 5, 2008
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What would Issac Watts' music sound like if he was alive today and lived in North Philadelphia? I think it would sound a lot like what we hear on Shai Linne's latest album, The Atonement. Shai is a hip-hop artist who writes lyrics that are weighty, cross-centered, theologically rich and edifying.

Personally I have never been able to get into 'Christian' rap. The lyrics are often trivial, soft, and lacking the weight that both the message of the gospel and the medium of hip-hop demand. So when I heard Shai Linne's album I was not anticipating much, however, I was both impressed and refreshed by what I heard.

As the title indicates The Atonement is about the cross. In an interview I heard Shai say that the motivation for the album came from his reading of the classic The Cross of Christ by John Stott along with sermons he was hearing from CJ Maheney. He then wrote the lyrics and got the album together.

If you are familiar with hip-hop the sound is a traditional tough east coast sound, it is gritty and rough-neck; which goes well with the theme. There are brief interviews or interludes between songs where more is said about the subject at hand (the cross, sin, the resurrection, etc). In addition, there are samples in the songs by Maheney as well as John Piper. These samples come from sermons that these men have preached and really serve to punctuate Shai's message in the respective songs.

Theologically Shai is a Calvinist who packs more theology into a 3 minute song than many evangelical preachers do into a 45 minute sermon.

Personal favorites:
The Cross
Were you there?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album in Christian Hip Hop June 27, 2011
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Shai Linne has become one of my favorite Christian rappers (along with label mate Timothy Brindle). This album is nothing short of a masterpiece. Lyrically heavy. This is definitely a thinking man's album. You won't hear head busting and head bobbibg beats on this record (and I'm not knocking Christian rappers who do have beats like that), but his focus is more so on the MESSAGE as opposed to having a banging beat. So, if you're looking for a Christian rap album that is heavy lyrically and that will challenge your intellect, pick this one up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing... May 23, 2009
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really great hip hop music, lyrics about the foundational truths of life. Not your typical, garbage-infested, pop music or hip hop that you're used to listening.

If you really want to enlighten your mind, body and soul you will not regret this music from Shai Linne.

Not for the faint of heart. Can and will be offensive to all sinners.(it's a good, convicting kind of offensive...for the Glory of God)
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like fluff, no need applying. April 11, 2009
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If this album doesn't make you think, have someone check to see if you still have a pulse. There are some amazing lyrics here. My favorite song right now probably makes sense because Easter is tomorrow. The Cross. That song may choke you up, because I personally never considered how much Christ was taking on to himself for our sakes. It is crazy! Jesus! I thank you so much my Lord! Wow!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get this Album! November 19, 2008
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I have Lacrae, Trip Lee, and others in my collection and Shai Linne's Atonement album is by far the most theological. You will actually learn some things from his lyrics. Like another reviewer stated, everyone needs to here Atonement Q&A. Nice work!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What More Could You Ask For? July 25, 2008
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Lampmode was a record label, I had yet to check into, until I bought Shai Linne's Album, "The Atonement." I had only listened to CMR, and Reach for the longest, but I was compelled by my Reformed friends, to purchase Shai's album. I have to say, this is one of the best Holy Hip Hop albums I have ever heard, as a matter of fact, I listen to it all day, and I don't skip any of the songs.

The only downside of this album is the spoken word, Atonement Interludes. There are about 4 of them, and they can become very annoying. So I purchased the mp3 album, and when I burned the mp3's on a blank disc, I did not include the interludes, which makes the album so much better.

1. Intro 5/5 - The album starts with a strings instrumental, that really sets the tone for this CD. It's very well put together, and roles right into #2.

2. In Adam All Die 5/5 - Shai kicks off with the doctrine of Total Depravity. The producers also added a great excerpt from John Piper at the end, which really matches the whole tone of the album, and song. Most likely, they matched the sermons with the lyrics, rather than trying to find sermons after songs were written.

3. Atonement Interlude 1 0/5 - Basically, Shai and Ambassador speak to each other in these interludes, about God, what He did, what the bible says, and the sinfulness of man. At first listen, the interludes can be informing, over a period of time, the interludes are unneccessary.

4. School Daze 5/5 - I can't dogmatically say what this song is about, but if I had to take a guess, I would say it was some sort of paradigm that equates the total depravity of the world, to the likeness of a totally depraved high school. I like the song regardless of if it's speaking about an actual high school, or the world.
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