"Our world is in a blackout not because there is no light, but because the light of the world is hidden. This album was birthed out of a deep desire in my heart to see Godís people get outside the four walls of the church and live The Great Commission. The reality is that there are people around us every day who are hurting, broken, and lost; they are in need of the Good News. My desire is to see the body of Christ as passionate about sharing the love of God with our own neighbors as we are about taking the gospel to every tribe and tongue. With strong words, dope beats, and overall amazing songs, this album will sure to both inspire and get you dancing." -Cory
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When you think of places that your favorite rappers come from, the cities that immediately come to mind are New York, Houston, Philadelphia and Atlanta. Roookie CHH artist, Cory Ard, may have been born in Washington, DC, but was raised and still lives in Colorado Springs - not exactly hip hop central.
What It Sounds Like:
Cory has a classic hip hop sound. The Blackout starts with the worshipful piano vibe "Be Him" but then the sound switches to something more familiar with "Levels" and "Good Fight." Sonically the album has several flavours of hip hop, from boom bap to trap and everything in between. There's even the spoken word piece "12:11" in which Ard gives his testimony.
"Be Him" encourages us to be like Jesus and not necessarily just good church folk. "No Pain No Gain" gives us several scriptural references. Even though the album is not lyrical theology, it is still very much a Christian Hip Hop album and the gospel message is clearly presented.
Best Song On The Record:
The track that had the most impact for me was "12:11," but since it is a spoken word piece and not necessarily a song, the title on the album would go to "Good Fight." The track hits hard and Cory's talent as a rapper really shines as he stays right in step with the feature by Steven Malcolm.