Why I listened to It
Stephen the Levite has been one of the most consistent Emcees representing lyrical theology. Beginning his Hip Hop career as part of the group Redeemed thought, releasing The Body of Christ Ep (FREE) and Truth, Beauty and Goodness. He then signed with Lampmode and released two solo full length projects; To Die is Gain, and The Forerunners EP. Stephen the Levite's style is foundationally hip hop, making him a fitting feature on projects with Cross Movement Emcees Ambassador, Phanatik and Tru-Life; but also a great feature with new industry leaders Lecrae, Trip Lee, Tedashii. True fans of Hip Hop can rock with Stephen the Levite and his lyricism brings professionalism to every feature.
I was excited to listen to his newest project "Can I be Honest"
Why you Should too
The Album begins with an introduction to Stephen the Levite with "Entering and Breaking." We get introduced to Stephen the Levite style, method and madness. This song truly capture the artist and gives the listener a primer for what to expect on the album.
I let the rhythm hit em
Then I get in em with theological lyricism
"The Dynamic Duel", featuring Eshon Burgundy, Shaati and S.O. is a confession. Each artist dealing with things they struggle with and are asking for the grace of God to help.
"The Dynamic Dual" is a pain-filled track where Stephen the Levite tells of his faith in the midst of temptations and trials. Honesty laced lyrics help you feel the pain as he and his wife lost their child, but also gives us a sense of his dependence on God's grace.
"Back when we lost our baby, part of me celebrated
cause I was going crazy, I thought we'd never make it
Make no mistakes though, it is hard to say this
My thoughts about it are complicated and far from painless."
We planned a journey together, but had our bags waitin
When the past weighs in, and pulls you back with the hand of Satan
Can blame him for all of it like the fault is his
Every consequence is a fallen systems response to sin.
The album finishes with "Double Dutch" and "Smile." Both of these tracks have a reminiscing feel to them. Stephen's thoughts in these songs should remind the listener to appreciate their time and relationships before they become the past.
This album delivers a Hip Hop journey through the ups and downs in the life of an Emcee. I was encouraged and challenged as I listened to Stephen the Levite bear his heart. Sonically the album is thoroughly Hip Hop, offering beats an lyricism that the Hip Hop heads will enjoy.
ALBUM DROP 11/18/2014
1. Entering and Breaking
2. Frienemies ft. JGivens & Tragic Hero
3. The Dynamic Duel (feat. Eshon Burgundy, Shaati & S.O.)
4. The Dynamic Dual
5. Truth Is (feat. Melissa T.)
6. 143 (feat. Chris Jackson)
7. Date Night (feat. Sho Baraka & Leah Smith)
9. Honeymoon (feat. Christon Gray)
10. Double Dutch (feat. LeeMo & S.O.)