Transparency on Display| Posted February 28, 2017
Hip-hop purists can rejoice as the art form known as classic hip-hop has returned early in 2017. Jered Sanders offers a welcome escape from trap beats, Drake and Kanye carbon copies and the played out "ringtone rap" most albums are smothered in. The 15-track offering Nobody Famous holds witty wordplay, portrayals of relatable struggles and one theme reigning over it all: the love and hope of Jesus.
Virginia native Jered Sanders cashed in on the momentum of the past year, when his projects Hope Is Dope and the Black Friday EP were released. He takes themes of street life, sin and personal testimony to the next level, assassinating the popular and glorifying the Spirit. His catchphrase #HopeHop was born out of that movement, and Jered Sanders offers nearly a daily supplement of hope-inspiring phrases on social media.
Jered's transparency is musically intertwined within each song reflected in such examples as the title track featuring Dee Black and poised as an overall theme throughout. "Upside Down (Water)" showcases lyrical honesty with a decent helping of love and grace. Flipping over to tracks like "Awww Man!" and "Powin Up (The Spirit of Peer Pressure)," the listener gets a street anthem vibe to mirror themes of what is left behind in a relationship with Christ.
Overall standouts like "Daddy Duties 2" and "Children of the Cloth" encompass everything beautiful about this artist. Equipped with the heart of Christ, lyrical brilliance and crisp production, these tracks highlight this overall project as one of the best, destined to hold up throughout the course of the year.
Sanders also brought together a team of CHH elitists for features, calling on the voices of Eshon Burgundy, Dee Black, Ki'Shon Furlow, Shiwan and others, backed up by the incredible production crew of Illien Rosewell, Talen Ted, Best Kept Secret, O.L. and W. One of the rare genuine artists standing out in an overcrowded pool of up-and-coming artists, Sanders crafted a unique project, showing he is destined for greatness under the God Over Money label. Nobody Famous is just a small sample of his potential.
The Bottom Line: Jered Sanders is a rare mix of something old and something new. Listeners shouldn't be surprised if, when the dust of 2017 settles in December, Nobody Famous is recognized as one of the best the year had to offer. Each listen will bless fans with something new to chew on in life and in faith. Not too many other albums can boast such treasures within.
Song to Download Now:
"Heathen/The Great Gift at Work" (Get it on iTunes here.)