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shai linne, known as the lowercase emcee , has created quite a buzz in the hip-hop world through extensive touring, solid releases, guest appearances and a steady buzz over the internet. Featured on albums such as Ambassador s The Thesis, Flame s Rewind and Our World Redeemed, Trip Lee s 20/20 and Reach Records13 Letters Compilation, shai has become known for creating a style of music known as Lyrical Theology. Lyrical Theology is simply taking theological concepts and teachings and putting them in rhyme form. shai is also known in his church as serving on the worship team, as an elder and one that regularly teaches from the pulpit on Sunday morning.
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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.
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.
This CD spans the range of human emotion, being both lighthearted, with "Penelope Judd", and extremely somber, with "Letter from the Grave" and "Martyrs".
Overall, this is a very satisfying offering from one of LampMode's premier artists. If you like Christian Rap, Theology, or the God of the universe, this is the CD for you.
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"The Greatest Story Ever Told"...is the best song here.Read more