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Why I listened to It
Lampmode shines as a beacon of solid theology in Christian Hip Hop. When Lampmode releases music I am always excited to listen and learn.
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 honesty theme truly is the groundwork to this album. There are a few song that touch on deep issues regarding his faith and his marriage.
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 comes "Frienemies", my favorite song on the album. This song give us a glimpse into the relationship the emcee has with Hip Hop. These kind of songs have become popular, but only some artist can pull it off well. Stephen the Levite combines a in depth knowledge of the Hip Hop culture with a resume that offer credibility to the song; and featuring JGivens and Tragic Hero set the song ablaze with lyricism and memorable lines.
Here the album takes a turn straight into the heart of the Emcee.
"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
The next few songs open his marriage for us all to see. He talk of the struggles with sin in "Truth is." The next two songs are beautiful love ballads called "143" and "Date Night"
Stephen then dives into his past in the song "Baggage." He explores with the listener, how his past baggage has affected his marriage. This song was a convicting song to me as I was reminded how my past affects current relationships in my life. It's a power song and worth listening to a few times.
We planned a journey together, but had our bags waitin
Though theology is peppered in every song, the first true Theological discussion comes in the song "Honey Moon." Stephen explores the theological view of Sex inside of marriage. With Christon Gray blessing the hook, this song is an anthem for all married couples who love to be intimate.
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
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