Hidden below the surface of our seemingly authentic exteriors lie our deepest pains, struggles and inconsistencies. The unregenerate clothe themselves in the best the world has to offer, showing no signs of turmoil, while the transformed boast in the impenetrable armor they are privy to. But is it all a charade?
In its common usage, a black light reveals that which is invisible to the naked eye--exposing contaminants that produce otherwise undetectable odors. Black lights can also be used to distinguish between genuine currency and counterfeit bills. God too has a way of exposing man and showing us who we really are beneath the surface. He illuminates the emptiness in the cups we fill with temporal pleasures; unearths the unredeemed areas of our lives that we bury under rhetoric; and graciously provides us with the hope of a day where all that we now desire to hide is perfected by his sin-eradicating power.
Blacklight then is an attempt to uncover what we all often conceal, as Tedashii deeply exposes himself as an artist, Christian and human being, while infusing the common themes of hope and living with the end in mind. Sonically, on his third studio album, Tedashii exercises his artistic freedom to divulge more of who he is as an artist and the wide range of music he enjoys, resulting in an assortment of arrangements and cadences that cross genres. The singular message of a future hope to be realized in eternity is woven into the array of sounds, outputting songs that offer a social commentary on today's culture and address the day-to-day struggles many face.
From the outset, Tedashii's new sound and musical exploration are evident as Blacklight jumps off with "Riot," the electrifying sequel to "Make War" from Identity Crisis. As the album progresses, he continues to cover the sonic spectrum with tracks like "Can't Get With You," "That Will Be the Day" and "Finally" featuring Shane and Shane. Other highlights from Blacklight include "He Lives," on which he celebrates the living savior along with Flame and Jai and a collaboration with Lecrae on "Dum Dum." The album also features Sho Baraka, Thi'sl, Benjah, KB, C-Lite, and more. Production from Pro, Alex Medina, Street Symphony, DJ Official, the Kracken, Joseph Prielozny and others brings the quality and variety of sound that propel Blacklight.
Beyond offering himself and music that reflects the eccentricity in his musical tastes, Tedashii aims to illumine the hearts of believers with the hope of eternity spent with Christ, no longer living in guilt for what has been uncovered in our lives. He wants to send a reminder that there is hope because "though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day," so we can joyously anticipate "an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison..."(2 Corinthians 4:16,17).
We can and should live with the end in mind.
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Rock A Bye Baby
Need It Daily (feat. PRo)
Can't Get With You
That Will Be The Day (feat. Jenny Norlin)
This Is The Life (feat. Sho Baraka & L2)
Last Goodbye (feat. Benjah)
He Lives (feat. FLAME & Jai)
Go Until I'm Gone (feat. Thi'sl
Get Up (feat. S.O.)
Burn This House Down
Finally (feat. Shane & Shane)
You Know What It Is (feat. KB & PK)
Dum Dum (feat. Lecrae)
Reverse (feat. C-Lite)
Bravo (feat. J. Paul)
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where's the beef?| Posted June 03, 2011
Reach Records has come a long way as far a production is concerned. The music they put out gets better every year. It can definitely contend with the secular market. My issue is that they seem more concerned with contending with Rick Ross and YMCMB and the deep messeges they used to have are becoming more shallow. Dont get me wrong RR is still one of the most Christocentric rap labels in the world today, but their lyrics lack the theological punch that drew me to them in their older music. They still impress me and i still keep the 1-1-Six sticker on my car's rear window. I'm still proud to crank up Tedashii with the window's down. Today i was repeating my favorites from his latest release and they are NEED IT DAILY, HE LIVES, GET UP, and DUM DUM ft Lecrae(which is sure to be a fan favorie). Keep doin ya thing T.Dot and the rest of the Reach fam, but let's not let the messege take backseat to the music. Amen?
Blacklight| Posted August 17, 2014
I love all the tracks on this album. I was happy to have listened to the album before they came here in Zimbabwe on tour. Riot was like the anthem, dum dum makes me happy cause a lot of people really do think that been a Jesus follower we have nothing better to do and we are dumb. THAT IS NOT THE CASE. You should try him too you will relly be suprised of what you will get in return. Joy that surpasses all understanding.
very good| Posted June 09, 2014
This album was a surprise to me. There are some totally amazing songs on this album, but there are also a few not that great songs. Dum Dum, Riot, He Lives, and Get up are my favorites on this album.
classic!| Posted June 02, 2011
tedashii is so unique! love his style, black light is truly exceptional!
favs would probably be He Lives, and Last Goodbye and well all of them:)
excellent lineup of guest singers and altogether a great cd. the world needs more albums like this(: