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Rick Horne narrates the CD, and whilst this might sound cheesy, for me it works, and adds something to the CD. Highlights include: 'Wake up Your Alive', which a symbolic song about new life for the 'Old Man (our flesh)
'A Simple Love Story', the symbolic nursery rhyme that explains the sin process so that a child can understand, Penelope Judd', As the Hour draws near( very deep, as we look at three people, close to death, one a Christian, who was luke warm in his faith, and fears what awaits on the other side , one who has run the faith of life in obedient, and who looks forward to eternity in Heaven with his Father, and the last who denies the existence of a God. 'Letter from the grave', which takes up from' As the Hour Draws near' from the view of the last person, who now resides in Hell, and his thoughts for his family & friends that still are alive (please see Luke 16:19-31) Martyrs (my favourite track) looks at three people from different times in our history, who have given up their life's for Christ's sake (Please see Luke 9:24-25)
This CD had me going to my Bible, and is an encouragement to my faith, and is the best CD, of this genre, that I have purchased this year
On the thematic point, this album is presented as a collection of stories of different people, in different times, from different viewpoints, and is a motif that Shai sticks to without compromise. His desire to stick to this framework is very admirable and gives the album an awesome kind of weight. I can even forgive the couple of songs for which this doesn't really work, such as "Simple Love Story". Because for the most part, it works fantastically: "As The Hour Draws Near"/"Letter From the Grave" is uncompromisingly deep and personal, while "Martyrs" literally gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it. Shai's lyrical and thematic efforts are absolutely perfected in "Wake Up, You're Alive", a haunting allegory of personal revelation. If you could only listen to one track on this album, that one is it. If you love both God and hip-hop, you need this album.
My favorite songs on this album are
As The Hour Draws Near/Letter From the Grave (reminiscent of The Rich Man and Lazarus in Luke 16)
Spurgeon (I never knew what a great man Spurgeon was until I heard this song)
Greatest Story Ever Told (Phenomenal wrap up of Man's situation and God's redemption)
Other songs that are excellent by Shai that aren't on this album are:
Through My Eyes
Jesus is Alive
Throne of Grace
In Adam All Die
I wish there were more christian rappers like Shai. I haven't found any that rap as beautifully and truthfully as he does.
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Deep theology, great music, and a powerful, God-glorifying message.Published 6 months ago by Aaron Cunningham
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What can I say I jst discovered Shai this year and I already purchased all of his material along with Timothy Brindle. Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by brian martel
Shai linne is my favorite rapper for sure right now and this album is tight. It keeps your attention because every song has a unique story. I recommend for surePublished on January 11, 2013 by Brian
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