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The Second City [edit]
by Steven Malcolm | Genre: Rap/Urban | Release Date: January 25, 2019

Steven Malcolm drops his highly anticipated full-length debut album The Second City that features 15 dynamic tracks.

The album is a musical and cinematographic representation of this young man’s journey in search for his true self. Reality is portrayed lyrically like never before - the battles, the dark valleys, failures, to ultimately showcase the redemptive light that conquers the darkness life throws at every individual.

Stylistically, Malcolm took a different approach, merging hip hop with reggae and worship, all genres that have played an integral role in his life. From embracing his Jamaican roots with a powerful cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”, to his hit single “Fuego (Feat. Anderson Michael)”, the video in which has already accumulated over 1 million views and many others, making it appealing to fans of Lecrae, TobyMac and Kirk Franklin.

Track Listing
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01. Not To Us / Good Love (feat. Taylor Hill & Michael Anderson)
02. Watch
03. Rodeo (feat. Taylor Hill)
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04. Fadeaway (feat. Zauntee)
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05. The Second City
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06. Fuego (feat. Anderson Michael)
07. On Ten
08. Been There
09. Even Louder (feat. Leeland)
10. The Beauty of Dreams
11. On The Move
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12. Devil Is A Liar
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13. Heart Of David
14. Overflow (feat. Stars Go Dim)
15. Redemption Song

Entry last edited by KevinMcNeese_NRT on 01.25.19

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Second City Not Second Rate | Posted February 09, 2019
What You Need To Know:
In his sophomore release, The Second City, Steven Malcolm returns with his unique flow. A project that had a lot of run up with multiple singles released prior to the album, the full album brings the story together and highlights the improved talent of the young artist from Grand Rapids, MI.

What It Sounds Like:
Malcolm artistically blends hip-hop, reggae and worship. These three genres are shown in the first three tracks on the album. "Not To Us/Good Love" is a blend of worship and hip hop. The song opens with a soulful worship chorus/hook and the verses bring in a classic hip hop beat and then Malcolm's lyrics shine through. If "Not To Us/Good Love" blends worship and hip hop, then the title track, "The Second City" perfectly blends worship and reggae. Continuing on the worship front, Malcolm teams up with Leeland on "Even Louder" and Stars Go Dim features on "Overflow."

Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights:
Steven Malcolm's content is first and foremost Christian. Tracks would be as welcome in a church as on a dance floor. Although not lyrical theology in the vain of Shai Linne or Hazakim, Steven Malcolm brings us songs that deal with Christian life, and uplifting God throughout all we do. "Devil is a Liar" takes on the subject of spiritual warfare that is so real in the life of each and every Christian, and that even though the devil may be whispering (sometimes shouting) lies in our ears, God has delivered us from those thoughts.

Best Song On The Record:
Although I'm a fan of the diversity on the album with the reggae and worship vibes, "Fadeaway", a strict hip hop banger featuring Zauntee, gets my vote as best song on this record. It is modern trap beat layered with Malcolm and Zauntee's vocals that blend perfectly together. 

For Fans Of:
Zauntee, KB, Social Club Misfits, nobigdyl, WHATUPRG 

Final Word:
Steven Malcolm has secured his place among CHH's elite with this project. Steven Malcolm was the first signee to 4against5 (an imprint of Word Records) and the gamble on the young artist has paid off. As Malcolm continues to grow into the veteran on the label, his future definitely looks bright. The Second City shows his range of genres and skills and positions him perfectly for bigger things in the future. 

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