|A Worthy Cause | Posted May 28, 2012
This latest compilation put together by the good people over at Rapzilla gives a newcomer to the genre a wide and varied mix of styles.
This, first of all, is a compilation produced with a purpose: proceeds raised from sales of the album will benefit Ecole de la Borne, a school in the Congo started by Christian missionaries. In a time when our awareness to the troubles of children in Central Africa have been awakened by the KONY 2012 movement, this album provides true support to an existing ministry in an area that is designed to change children’s lives and evangelize Africa with Good News of Jesus Christ.
What this is not is a mixtape, there are no slick transitions between songs, and there is only one remix of a song (New Shalom by Lecrae feat. PRo). This is the last track on the album and seems somewhat forced into the album. Dubstep is not my favorite style, but as mentioned previously, this CD provides plenty of variety in the Hip Hop genre and this gives you a taste of Dubstep.
The intro track, “Welcome to the Kulture” by George Moss, truly draws the listener into the record and sets the stage for an album filled with great emcees and great hooks by some of Christian Hip Hop’s brightest talent. The title track “King Kulture” by Beautiful Eulogy is a true banger that flows for days. It gives the listener hope that our counter culture of Christianity is not controlled by the king of lies but by the King of all days.
More hope is given to a lost and fallen world in tracks by Yaves the Street Pastor, Young Joshua and K-Drama. All three songs contain a basic theme of don’t give up, with a dose of never forget the struggle you went through to get here and the grace that God gave you along the way.
At times the album seems disjointed with little flow in theme between songs which may be due to the various producers used. On their own, though, the tracks are solid, with some great beats and the amazing flow that today’s Christian emcees give us.
Final thoughts: at points this is a great showcase of some newer emcees in Christian Hip Hop and fits the theme that Rapzilla has had in the past of giving us solid mixtapes with newer artists and avoiding some of the more well known and mainstream artists. The tracks by GRITS, KJ-52, and Lecrae seem somewhat misplaced, but given this is firstly produced as a fundraiser for a worthy cause, the name recognition of Dove Award winners and Grammy nominees adds to the appeal of the album. For those new to Christian Hip Hop, this will whet your appetite for more, for those of us that have been listening for years, this has enough solid tracks to justify the purchase and support a cause and a purpose that is bigger than all of us.
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