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RED [edit]
by Rhema Soul | Genre: Rap/Urban | Release Date: March 27, 2012
 

With every album cover, we have tried to capture the feel of the music. This album is a representation of so many things. It speaks of passion, love, hunger, urgency, amongst other topics we've dealt with through the recording process. It also symbolizes the blood, sweat and tears that has gone into our journey.

Track Listing
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01. RED feat. Thisíl
02. No Walking Away( single)
03. Danger
04. War feat. Benjah
05. Need An Answer
06. Off The Edge
07. So Beautiful feat. Jai
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08. On My Way feat. Ryan Stevenson
09. Celebration
10. Break Out
11. Not Forgotten
12. Moment in Time
13. Stop the World from Spinning feat. Shonlock...

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Sound The Alarm | Posted June 04, 2012

I had heard of Rhema Soul before, but it was only after RED came out that I finally gave them a serious listen. And boy, am I glad that I did.

 

The album opens with the sonic assault of the title track. Veteran emcees Butta-P, JuanLove, and K-Nuff hold nothing back as they share their hearts for reaching out to people. The song features an all-too-brief and gritty verse by southern rapper Thi’sl, which may be one of his best features to date. His small addition to the track is a memorable one which greatly enhances the track.

Rhema Soul shows their range with lead single No Walking Away, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. The radio friendly song leans more toward rock than their usual hip hop, while at the same time failing to deliver a catchy hook or memorable chorus. Luckily the next track Danger remedies this problem, being the most straight up hip hop song on the album. Each emcee gets a chance to shine, but Butta-P clearly stands out with a verse that could hold up against Nicki Minaj.

The next three tracks are three of the album’s best. On War, Rhema Soul talks about the war in the streets for the souls of our children and families. The song is extremely hopeful, and Benjah adds a catchy chorus that will surely be stuck in your head for days. Need An Answer relies heavily on dubstep, along with Off The Edge. The latter starts off slow, but builds up to an epic chorus and bridge. 

So Beautiful allows Butta-P to have a song of her own. Directed at girls (although the concept could be applied to anyone struggling with image issues and low self-esteem), the lyrics are cliche, but they no doubt mean well and are sure to impact someone’s life. On My Way continues the theme of self empowerment, reminding the listener that bad things happen to everyone, and we shouldn’t be bogged down by our mistakes. Celebration is simply a fun song set to a massive but repetitive beat. I can picture this song being great live, but on the album it’s nothing special. A bit too forgettable.

Musically, Break Out is another radio friendly song with a weak chorus. Lyrically it continues the theme of On My Way. Not Forgotten sounds like a filler song, although I was a huge fan of the upbeat, positive message. It speaks from the perspective of someone who feels left behind while everyone around them is out living their dreams. Listening to it always puts a smile on my face. Moment In Time, while back to their hip hops roots, is another filler. There’s nothing memorable about this song. No hook, no catchy chorus, no outstanding verses.

Rhema Soul saves their best song for last with the club ready anthem Stop The World From Spinning. The silky smooth vocals from guest artist Shonlock along with fantastic verses and a dubstep breakdown make this song the album highlight, and one of my favorite songs in recent memory. If you buy one song off the album, this should be it.

 

There’s something for everyone on RED, from rap to pop to rock, and even a little bit of dubstep. The sheer diversity of the album detracts from the overall cohesiveness, while adding a lot of replay value. Overall, Rhema Soul cements themselves as one of the best Christian hip hop groups alongside Group 1 Crew and Superherose. By the end of the year I’m sure RED will still be in my regular rotation. It’s that good. If you’re a fan of Group 1 Crew or The Black Eyed Peas, I highly recommend checking this album out. There are a few weak tracks, but the strong tracks more than make up for them. Don’t miss out on this one.



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An Inspi[red] Leap Forward | Posted May 31, 2012
Rhema Soul has been a group that has consistently put out great music and has made tremendous leaps and bounds on each album. They have always been a hip-hop group that has incorporated elements of R&B and a little techno. The group's emcees--Juan Love and husband and wife, K-Nuff and Butta P--take their ministry and calling seriously. They are dead set on reaching a wider audience guided by their manager and visionary, Jeff Adams. 
Their latest release, Red, is perhaps their boldest move musically as they cover a huge gumbo of styles including dubstep, pop, rock, techno, R&B all on their foundation of hip hop. Andy Anderson handles the majority of the production with additional production from A.D. and Rey King.
 
Things start off with a bang on the title track featuring rapper This'l. The music is dubstep meets Southern hip hop. The message they are trying to convey is that there is an urgent need to bring the hope of Jesus to the many problems that are plaguing society. 
 
"No Walking Away," the lead single, takes a more rock edge that was not heard from Rhema Soul before this album. K Nuff and Butta P sing the hook and chorus while each emcee speak on the fact that they must refocus, never retreat and go at life with fervor and determination.  Hence the title, Red.
 
The genius of producer Andy Anderson shines throughout Red because he shows that he understands the vision of Rhema Soul and he helps to shape their musical versatility. "Danger" is a banger that matches the style of mainstream hip hop a la Nicki Minaj, Black Eyed Peas, etc. Speaking of Nicki, Butta P tackles her inner Nicki--stylistically speaking that is. But it is actually cool to hear, and it's not one of those Christian-rapper-steals-the-style-of-a-mainstream-rapper-AGAIN situations. 
 
The chemistry of all three emcees is wonderful and it is great to hear each one tell stories. "War" featuring reggae crooner Benjah is a pop jam that goes right into the heart of societal issues. The war that they are talking about is the war on peace and how it steals the joy of those involved. 
 
"Need An Answer" starts with some crazy synth rhythms before going to a nice syncopated beat. Singer Jai guests on the anthem "So Beautiful," which features Butta P as the sole rapper. A wonderful piano intro, a light mid-tempo beat and the layered vocals by Jai accent Butta P's message to ladies who need to be assured that their beauty comes from God. This is definitely a song that needs to be played to women young and old.  
 
Get ready to press repeat after listening to "On My Way" featuring Ryan Stevenson. It is such an encouraging song with the chorus: "That's alright and it's OK / Imma be good / It'll be ok / Gotta move on / I'm on my way." It will resonate in your head often. Hopefully, they will make a video to go along with it! A.D. lays the funky beat on "Celebration," which is what hip hop heads call a "certified banger." 
 
Shonlock shows off his singing chops on the upbeat/electro, "Stop the World"--a song about the power of God's love. Could this collaboration be a preview of a tour?  
 
Closing Thoughts: 
Red is just what the world needs.  Rhema Soul tackled some real issues that are going on in society. They made a huge leap of faith to broaden their horizons musically and thematically. If you have been a fan of theirs for the last five years, take this journey with them because they have not forgotten about you. Those unfamiliar with the crew, this is a great album to pick up and it will be a musical and spiritual highlight for you. They are not a scripture-quoting group, but yet they clearly deal with things from a Biblical worldview. 


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