First of all, I won’t pretend to have all the answers. My answers may not be that popular, either. But if you read no further, and take nothing else from this post, take this: You should buy this album. Without hesitation or second thoughts. (Do it now.)
Oh, and there would be absolutely nothing better in the hip hop world than if Eminem praised God — He who blessed Eminem with his talents — by making a Christian hip hop album for his next release.
It’s funny. I was thinking of writing this two days ago, but ultimately didn’t. Then yesterday on my way to class, three guys on campus asked me if I liked hip-hop. I truthfully answered yes, and they gave me a free album in exchange for my name and email. That’s a worthwhile trade.
Except I noticed the parental advisory sticker on the lower right-hand side and became extremely disappointed. Of course, when you listen to the type of hip-hop I enjoy, the standards are raised exponentially. I got into hip hop that raps about Christian themes thanks to KJ-52.
In 2010, I looked forward to Eminem releasing Recovery with an enthusiasm I’d rarely had before. So KJ’s song Dear Slim really got me intrigued. I listened to it, and it’s far better than Eminem, T.I., Young Jeezy, Kanye West and Jay-Z.
I think this is the album that ignited my love for this type of hip hop. In fact, shortly after buying it and listening to it — so often that I got tired of the songs — I bought every song featuring Trip Lee that I could find.
(This album is also incredible. Buy this too. You’ll thank me later.)
I understand there is more to his life than making music. I respect that. If The Good Life was his last album for a while, I’ll be bummed because he’s become by far my favorite rapper.
Since I discovered Trip Lee, KB, Lecrae, Propaganda, 116 Clique, KJ-52, Flame, and, to a lesser extent, Andy Mineo, Thi’sl, Swoope and Christon Gray, it’s amazing how much less I listen to secular rappers.
Oh, and this song has a number of artists not aforementioned in this post. Some of which are significantly established. (It’s got a great beat.)
The quality of all the aforementioned artists should make the inane trash T.I. has released recently wholly irrelevant. This is a great album from T.I.
Your reaction to my thoughts notwithstanding, I hope we can agree on this: T.I.’s latest single, Ball — which I won’t justify with a hyperlink — is, at best, asinine nonsense.
P.S. I must save this tweet. It’s too good to be lost in my Twitter profile. It deserves to live forever despite the fact that I misspelled “collaborate” in my initial tweet. Oops.