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The Atonement

The Atonement

February 22, 2008
4.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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By Randy Donahue on 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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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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Shai Linne is the best rapper out there. I've listened to hip hop since the 80's. He is better than all the worldly rappers. Best of all, his songs are Christian songs, glorifying Jesus. You will not find one cuss word, or self-glorification, but all adulation for the Lord. I am buying all of his CDs. I just have one to go. I find myself listening to the Storiez CD the most, but there are great gems on all of them. Even his "mediocre" songs are better than most rappers out there. His lyrical flow, word choices and poetic cadences are masterful. His knowledge of Scripture and doctrine are seasoned. He flows sermons and testimonies with vivid imagination. He should be more renown than he is. What more can I say? Buy all of his CDs you won't be disappointed.
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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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I'm a very jaded consumer of "Christian" music. I'm also a fan of rap music. The rap music I grew up on from the Christian community (basically anything from Grapetree) was either enjoyable to listen to or fairly Orthodox, never really both. This, in combination with some other factors, led to a year long drift from music associated with Christianity. It was this artist and this album who led me back. I honestly wish every Christian would familiarize themselves with this album; the genre and style lends itself to memorization and the content is so good the memorization would be of immense spiritual value. This is a pinnacle example of doing art well to the glory of God. I couldn't recommend this album more.
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