This is Your Cue | Posted July 05, 2011
Ready for an eclectic mix of hip-hop awesomeness? That’s what you’ll get in Shonlock’s latest lyrical serving. If you love hip-hop, you’ll simply eat up Never Odd or Even.
You may have heard a few of his past singles or seen him on the road as a backup singer/choreographer for TobyMac. But whether you’ve known Shonlock’s stuff from the beginning or are just being introduced to his music, his newest solo work (and first full-length album) should give you a taste of his true talent.
The musical mood ranges from the flowing, gorgeous God-love-songs “Could U Be” and “Something in Your Eyes” to the upbeat craziness of “Simple Man” and “Bet Ya House.” As always, Shonlock has no problem switching between singing and busting out a rhyme. He also covers a wide gamut of topics on this album. “Scarred” is a rather deep song speaking on the hurt that sin leaves behind and the healing grace available through Christ. “Cheers” was written on a personal level, dealing specifically with the relationship between Shon and his mother. “Monsta” is slightly eerie, which is appropriate for a song that focuses on subtle demonic influence. The song leads off with Shonlock reading Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” The Scripture adds great effect and perspective to the song.
“Get Free” narrows in on the subject of breaking away from the chains of sin while the soothing title track “Never Odd or Even” explores the unchanging nature of our God. “Hello” is a fun, sunshiny song that challenges all those listening to shoot for their dreams and aspirations. And according to a behind-the-scenes interview with Shonlock, that is the biggest theme that threads its way through the entire album. You wanna change your lifestyle? You wanna change the world? Despite what the naysayers declare, despite what they tell you to break down your goals, you can make that change today. Not by your own strength, but by the power of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 4:13) Whatever they say you can never do, let that be your springboard into the amazing work that God has in store for you.
Yep. It’s Never Odd or Even. Consider this your cue to go get it.