|The heat keeps coming from Rhema Soul | Posted October 18, 2013
Rhema Soul smashed the game with their free album, Dope Beat & Good News. This was an album that truly impacted Christian hip-hop and me, personally. It was a fun album with the sick beats courtesy of the artist formerly known as G-Styles (now known as Gawvi) and bars by Butta P, K-Nuff and Juan Love.
They have since release countless singles and a mainstream album, Red. What did they do next? They release, Dope Beat, Good News, Vol. 2—YES! This album shows the growth lyrically for every member and Gawvi. It shows Gawvi's continually growth and versatility as a producer.
Dubstep, heavy synth and a banging beat serves as the backdrop for the fitting "Here We Go Again." Rhema Souls is a smart group because they keep the formula of each rapper spitting a hot verse while providing the right hook. Yet they keep changing with the times and even managing to set trends. Who else does a song called, "Party Sleep Repeat"?
No they have not left the ministry, so purists can relax. They invite some friends to the fray to bless "P.Y.I.T.F," which means "Punch you in the face." Of course it's not literal, but they are bringing the Good News and their music. Social Club, Rey King and Spzrkt all lend a helping hand.
"Greatest Memories" is such a great song musically, but it grabs the heart strings as each rapper tries to celebrate the good memories of a friend or a loved one who has passed away. Things keep ablaze with "Malibongwe," which brings to mind the times of the South African apartheid or the song that means, "Let Your name be praised."
Kudos to Rhema Soul for doing it again. Yes I would have loved to hear one of those raw beats that I heard on the first volume. However, I am excited about the direction that they are going. Like Gawvi said, they are, "turned up for the Gospel."
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