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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Intro 2. Testify 3. Wake Up, You re Alive 4. Wake Up Unveiled 5. Passover 6. Simple Love Story ft. Keran Sabir 7. Penelope Judd ft. Epiphany Kidz 8. High Priest 9. Alone Foreshadowed ft. Eric Westbrook 10. Work It Out 11. I m The One 12. As The Hour Draws Near ft. Evangel & Ant 13. Letter from the Grave 14. Martyrs ft. Json, Evangel, God s Servant & Techniq 15. Alone ft. Eric Westbrook 16. Spurgeon 17. Greatest Story Ever Told ft. Flame Bonus Track: Alone in Retrospect ft. Eric Westbrook - Shai Linne


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 18, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Joshua Wann
  • ASIN: B001EKTB46
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,658 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Storiez, Shai Linne's third CD, and second one of 2008, celebrates the human tradition of story telling, as a vehicle for informing, teaching and warning. This is much lighter in tone to 'The Atonement', but still packs a punch lyrically.
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
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I was a little unsure about purchasing this album, because I had not heard much of Shai Linne, and he also had a style distinct from many other Christian rappers that could possibly fail on the scale of a whole album release. Boy was I wrong! This album is amazing, and possibly my favorite Christian rap album. Shai continuously stands apart from the rest of the Christian rap circle, both lyrically and thematically. On the first point, he has a flow that mimics some of the best rappers of the late 90s east coast style, and it works magnificently. His lyrical focus is less on punchlines and more on clever rhymes and phrasing, which makes his flow really, well, flow.

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.
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I really enjoy Shai Linne's music because it is relevant truth spoken. I think of these songs almost like short sermons because they teach such good stuff in a few minutes. I love how these songs take someones thoughts during serious situations and rhyme them beautifully. I'm honestly not a fan of rap, but the way Shai Linne does it is different. The message is clearly more important than the means. It's all about honoring God and speaking his truths. It's definitely not about Shai or a cool beat. That being said, this is not my favorite album of his (I think Atonement is much better) and there are only specific songs I really like in this one.

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
My Portion
Jesus is Alive
Throne of Grace
Triune Praise
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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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 all 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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What more can I say about this artist? Not only does Shai Linne bring great beats but his lyrics are top notch among Christian rappers. This album is very unique, by telling stories yet still remaining true to the scriptures. GREAT WORK!!
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