Why did We Listened: Eshon has proven himself as one of the best Emcees on the Christian side of the business. So when he signed with Humble Beast the CHH world all sat at the edge of their seat waiting for the first project released under the Humble Beast Label.
Eshon's grind is unique, he is as talented as can be on the mic, but he beings even more to the table as a producer and talented director. I will be downloading immediately anything that this dude releases.
Why You Should Too: Do you know what happens every time an Eshon Burgundy record plays? After its over, its played again. You can never catch everything he says in the first listen, and personally, I love that. When an Emcee makes my head spin with his lyrics it feels like it was worth the experience.
Eshon's flow is so consistent, and so strong throughout the Mixtape that he hardly has need for any hooks at all. The way that Eshon twists bar after bar is so entertaining. I am always wondering what he is going to say next.
The song Exodus 23:1 and its video are tough as nails and set a tone for the entire mixtape.
"The only one
who came and got me out of prison
Broke us up while me and death
was out there kissin
Ya'll ain't listenin though"
The Mixtape name and theme are well put together and Eshon offer hope in each song. Sometimes its hope for the one who is in a rough spot, sometimes its hope for the one fighting his own sin and sometimes is just hope of a future joy. Eshon has put together a masterpiece of a mixtape and I think anyone can appreciate his skills on the mic. Check it out.
1. Intro ft. Jay Harris (God's Gift Freestyle)
2. Exodus 23:1 (Exodus 23:1 Freestyle)
3. Lord Knows (Exibit A Freestyle)
4. Let Down (Let Nas Down Freestyle)
5. Look Back ft. Tandeace (Hometown Freestyle)
6. Back To Life ft. J.R. (Diced Pineapples Freestyle)
8. It's Deep (BBS Freestyle)
9. Push Thru (Push Thru Freestyle)
10. Foolishness (I'm A Fool Freestyle)
11. They Don't Know (Trynna Get Me One Freestyle)
12. Gold Champagne ft. C.H.R.I.S., Jeremiah Bligen, J. Johnson & Reflect (The Ghost of Christopher Wallace Freestyle)
For God's sake is a great album. AND FREE
Why We Listened:
This was one of the most anticipated albums to ever be released by a Christian Hip Hop Artist. After Lecrae collaborated with mainstream producer Statik Selekta and released the "Church Clothes Mixtape" hosted by DJ Canon, the world of Hip Hop started to take notice. With that in mind Lecrae put his best foot forward with the release of "Gravity"
This album is the first major Christian Hip Hop Album that had a chance to grab interest in the main stream.
The release of "Gravity" was followed by a lot of excitement and skepticism. Would Lecrae sell out for a shot at main stream stardom or would he treat the new found attention as a platform to for the Gospel?
It seemed the whole world was listening. Of course, we were too!
Why You Should:
Musically, this is Lecrae's best album. He comes in so hard with "The Drop", and doesn't let up at all. Each song has a unique sound that draws you in while Lecrae's easily navigates the beat to tell of the World and one who can redeem it.
The concept of Gravity was and interesting one. The world weighs us down, so we have to get out of the gravity. As Lecrae says on the title single, " It's Gravity.... keeps pulling me down." The rest of the album is a mix of songs calling for hope and calling out cultural problems.
For anyone who thinks that Lecrae has sold out, you just have to listen to this Album. Lecrae references the hope that is only found in Christ in songs like "Walk With Me", "Free From It All", "Lord Have Mercy", and "Tell the World"
Lecrae is still Unashamed! I can't wait to see whats next!
1. The Drop (Intro)
2. Gravity feat. J.R.
3. Walk with Me feat. Novel
4. Free From It All feat. Mathai
5. Fallin’ Down feat. Swoope and Trip Lee
6. Fakin’ feat Thi’sl
8. Mayday feat Big K.R.I.T. and Ashthon Jones
11. Power Trip feat. PRo, Sho Baraka and Andy Mineo
12. Lord Have Mercy feat. Tedashii
13. I Know
14. Tell the World feat. Mali Music
15. Lucky Ones feat. Rudy Currence
The Breax have added a member and re-branded as the Dream Junkies. Ruslan, Beleaf and John Gives have formed on of the most talented groups in CHH. They have just released a new Free album called "Dream Junkies". Check it out and look for a new review coming soon!
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