Boot Scootin' Boom Bap
Posted September 27, 2014
By MarkRyan_NRT, Staff Reviewer
Country and hip hop are not necessarily two things that go together. However, Whosoever South blend the two surprisingly well. Their very own brand of "country crunk" is on display on their sophomore release Come On In. Banjos and beats, a love of family, tradition and most importantly Jesus defines this trio.
The title track "Come On In" tells it like it is. It epitomizes the country attitude and welcomes us all to come on in and chill with them— southern hospitality at its finest.
This album is just plain fun. "Sounds Like Home" is a play on words given the fact that they blend musical sounds of the south with typical southern rap style to lyricize about the sounds of trains, rattlesnakes and country choirs.
"Crying Out" is a heart wrenching song that tells several stories of outcasts. From the boy from the broken home who is disowned by his mother and abused by his father, to the girl who looks for love in the wrong places and ends up pregnant, to the kid who loses his parents and turns to life on the street. I'm a sucker for these emotional stories. The chorus is powerful, especially the line, "Won't you cover me with your mercy, 'cause I don't know what to do Lord I know that you are worthy, so I'm crying out to you."
When it comes to lyrical style, Rowdy spits a solid verse while Sarah holds her own. Mike provides some very soulful lyrics, especially on "Rise and Shine," "Crying Out" and "War Goin On." "Nothin To It" is a solid party song. I have never heard anyone call a square dance on a hip hop album before, but part of the charm of this downhome trio is that they aren't afraid to pay homage to their roots while still enjoying the music they love. What caught me off guard was Mike going off rapid fire on a verse, but let's remember, auctioneers and square dance callers have been going off hard for decades.
"Living Water" tells the story of a boy named Jimmy. Unfortunately it is not a lighthearted story, as little Jimmy gets hit by a drunk driver while playing on the country road. There is a happy ending though: Jimmy is drinking living water and walking on streets of gold now. The song carries on with a story about a homeless man telling a young, successful business man about Jesus and the living water that Jesus gives. This is the biggest surprise of a song on the album.
The album ends with "Country Crunk Remix." This song goes off hard. There aren't a lot of lyrics, but this is the sound that epitomizes Whosoever South.
Family and faith are important in the south, just ahead of trucks with big tires, trains and tractors. This is a fun album that expresses those priorities and the sheer joy of southern style. The bass hits hard, and the banjo picking along with the harmonica is a nice touch. While the lyrics are fairly simple throughout the album and there isn't the level of lyricism fans of Christian hip hop have gotten used to over the last year, there is clearly talent and a high standard of production quality.
Is it country? Is it rap? It's boot scootin' boom bap.
Song to Download Now:
"Living Water" (Get it on iTunes here.)
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