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Growing Pains [edit]
by Json | Genre: Rap/Urban | Release Date: February 21, 2012

Json is back again! After his last album, “City Lights”, ran for a year and a half — now Json shares more of his heart on his lastest album, “Growing Pains”, which will be available on Feb. 21st, 2012.

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01. Growing Pains Intro
02. Making Me Over feat. AD3 & Tedashii
03. 2 Human feat. Lecrae
04. GP (Interlude1)
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05. Held It Down feat. Butta-P & Ron Kenoly Jr.
06. It’s Alright feat. MIKESCHAIR
07. I The Beast
08. Brand New feat. God’s Servant & Steve-T
09. GP (Interlude2)
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10. My Joy feat. Jai
11. Behind The Clouds feat. Christ Lee
12. We Not Folding feat. Trubble & Blacknight
13. Statistics (Interlude)
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14. Secrets feat. J.R.
15. Credits Roll feat. Benjah
16. GP (Interlude3)
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17. Goodbye

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5 stars - A new bar has been set | Posted May 28, 2012
Growing Pains from Json is an intricate album that touches on the growth of people as they move through the seasons of life. Json’s style has morphed somewhat from his harder style to something with more flow and increased musicality.
The first track on the album is titled “Making Me Over” and features a sick hook sung by AD3 and some added vocals by Tedashii. The song is about how God changes a man from a materialistic life to one based on grace and faith.
Next up is the track is 2 Human featuring Lecrae which speaks of how rappers are more than artists, that they are husbands, fathers and that though they serve us as consumers with their music and ministry that they too need our prayers and support and we shouldn’t judge what’s going on with them since we don’t know what’s truly is happening in their lives.
We follow this theme of the humanness of the artist in the following interlude in which Json speaks of his close relationship with his wife and the next track “Held it Down.” This song is an open letter from man to wife speaking of their troubles and Butta P. comes in on the 2nd verse as the rebuttal from the wife. The final verse ties it all together as God speaks and it relates the marriage covenant to the relationship of God and His bride. The central theme is trust in God, because He has always Held it Down.
Moving on from God holding things down for us is what may be the best track on the album. It’s Alright features a chorus sung by Mikeschair and speaks of how God sees and knows our needs and that we just need to get to our knees in prayer to work through whatever our struggles are. An interesting fact is that Json originally tried to get Shane & Shane to sing the chorus, nothing is lost with Mikeschair covering it off with beautiful harmonies.
Next up is “I the Beast.” This is about pride and how we need to throw up our hands in surrender and let God do the work he started. “If you just want the light to shine and expose what you’re trying to hide, get your hands up.”
The theme of growth and redemption continues with Brand New featuring God’s Servant and Steve-T. This is a testimony of how we are new in Christ, old man is dead and the new man is reborn in Christ.
Next up is My Joy featuring the vocal stylings of Jai. This song is a true confession of faith in Christ and how He is who not only brings us joy but is our joy. It is a deeply touching track that will speak deeply to every listener.
Chris Lee Cobbins joins the all star party on this album on the next track “Behind the Clouds” adding a slick R&B vibe to a song that reminds us that the sun is always shining behind the clouds. Your circumstances do not dictate God’s love for you, but God’s love for you will dictate your circumstances if you just remember that “even when rain is falling down, God shines behind the clouds.”
And now that you remember that God is control and is behind the clouds, we are reminded that no matter what comes our way “We Not Folding.” This track is a true banger and features Trubble & Black Knight. This one is an anthem that you can crank and scream out that you’re not folding.
After you are completely pumped that no one can beat you, “Secrets” will bring you back to reality and rip out your heart. This song is about sexual abuse and is the testimony of a friend of Json’s. How the secrets she had to keep led her to a life a sexual promiscuity and lies, but she came to know Christ and knew she had to forgive her abuser because of the forgiveness that Christ showed her. If you don’t get weepy eyed during this track you should check yourself. On a musical side, J.R. adds smooth vocals to the hook, and his distinct style really brings out the emotion of the situation.
Next up is Credits Roll featuring Benjah on the hook. This song is about forgetting your past and accepting the future that Christ has given you. Let the credits roll on your past mistakes and sins.
The next track “Goodbye” is about saying farewell to one season in life and accepting the new challenge. It is a farewell to St. Louis and accepting the new ministry that God has given Json in Iowa City. Anyone who has gone through a change like leaving a school or a city you loved will find comfort in Json’s testimony in this song.
Last up is another track featuring J.R. with his distinctly smooth vocals. This is a song about the pain a child feels when their parent is missing a lot. There is a critical need for parents to be parents to their children these days and not just working hard. Kids want their parents’ presence, not just their presents.
From top to bottom this album is solid. It is the most deeply touching hip hop album I have ever listened to and each time I listen to it I hear something new. I will boldly declare that this is the best Hip Hop/Urban album of the year and every other album released this year will be compared against this. The production is solid, the theme is consistent and the songs take you places that a hip-hop album has never you taken you before. I have never listened to such a consistent piece of art. This ranks a 5/5 stars.

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Json: Growing Pains | Posted March 31, 2012
Json is a part of that group of great Christian rappers who is not part of the Reach Records group. He has been on many Reach projects, and has become very popular, but for some reason they have not signed him to the record company, even though I feel he would be a great fit for 116 Clique. Json is signed with Lamp Mode Recordings, which also boasts Shai Linne, Stephen The Levite, and S.O, among others. Growing Pains is his fourth album, and definitely his best to date. The album shows a lot of maturity in Jason 'Json' Watson, with every one of the tracks being emotional and hard hitting.


The intro is a cool song that opens up the album very well, showing exactly what Json wants us to get out of the album: through pain and suffering comes growth in Christ. After that come two of my favorite songs on the album. The first is "Making Me Over," which features AD3 and Tedashii and is definitely a highlight of the album. The song has a sweet beat and spells out exactly what the theme of the album is, just like the intro did. Json sounds spectacular on the song, and it is evident that Tedashii was perfectly cast for this track. "2 Human" then follows that up with a much more emotional and heartfelt song. The song features Lecrae and is another one of the better songs on the album which talks about how he and all the other Christian rappers make mistakes because they are just humans. Many people put Christian artists on pedestals and then think that they cannot mess up because they should have an amazing spiritual life, but this song exposes that lie and Json says that really they are not unlike the rest of us - he is just a human.


"It's Alright" fits in the new trend of Christian rappers having CCM artists on their songs. Json chose Mikeschair to be on this song, which I believe is my favorite choice so far by a Christian rapper. The two mix together really well, and it made for a very emotional song that talks about how even in the hard times Christ is there for us ready to hold us up.


"Brand New" is definitely one of the lows of the album. The beat is alright, and the rapping by the guest artists is decent at best. The lyrics are great, and Json did a pretty good job, but the chorus really gets on my nerves after 10 seconds of listening to it. Steve T really seems to be striking out this year. He was on my least favorite track on Flame's album, "Running," and now he is on my least favorite on Json's album. He is a pretty good rapper, but they keep putting him on the weaker tracks unfortunately.


I am really starting to gain a lot of respect for Chris Lee. He does an amazing job as a guest artist on every song he touches, and "Behind the Clouds" is no exception; he always seems to mesh well with rappers, and I have come to really love his voice. "Behind the Clouds" talks about how through pain and hard times there is always a silver lining in Christ, and is a very uplifting song to listen to. "We Not Folding" follows up this song really well with a more hard hitting and true rap song. I love the beat to this one, and the guest artists are banging. Trubble is still not one of my favorite artists, but I think she is slowly growing on me. "We Not Folding" talks about how even in the hard times we do not have to give up, because we have Christ on our side.


Benjah has the utmost respect from me; I think I may respect him more than anyone in the Christian music industry. He can sing well, rap well, produce well - everything he touches seems to turn to gold. I love his part in Json's song "Credits Roll," which talks about the fact that when we become Christians the curtain comes goes down on our old lives and we can live in the freedom of Christ from then on. It is a great song, and one of my favorites on the entire album.


Json has proven once again that he is one of the premier Christian rappers who definitely deserves a part of the spotlight. Growing Pains is as mature an album as it gets, and I love the lyrical content on the record so much. The beats are pretty good throughout the album, and most of the tracks are solid. There are a few songs that I feel are not up to the level they should be, which is why I have given it a little bit of a lower rating. I would still highly suggest checking this album out if you like rap music.


Favorite Song: It's Alright


Favorite Lyrics: "Give me the scraps, I don't deserve the feast from your table. But Christ died for the broken, frail, weak, and disabled - meaning me. So I will not accept the sacrifice, do I think my righteousness comes in when I'm just acting right?" (Form the song "Credits Roll")


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Awesome | Posted July 31, 2013
 So this is the where the all the Christian pop talent has gone to! Grateful to have found this album and this artist. There are no words to describe what I have just listened to. Keep it up and never stop!

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nice! | Posted July 17, 2013

I love your stuff! You should really check these guys out! They are great! Listen to their stuff! They love Jesus and that is the most important thing! Take a listen to this stuff and buy and comment and share and like and everything!!!

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Growing Pains | Posted July 10, 2013
 Well, to tell you the truth, I don't like Rap so much. But this album is what the fans of Rap are searching. Strong lyrics and harmonies that bring on "Growing Pains" a kind of a perfection to the ears of a fan. 

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