Brother/sister duo Jekob and Rachael Washington merged insightful hip-hop, scintillating soul, rippling R&B, old-school funk and purebred pop on their Washington Projects debut, Commanders Of The Resistance. It's an astonishingly inventive merger that's given them instant accessibility steeped in street credibility, while breaking down boundaries more than any other eclectic troupe in recent memory.
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COMMANDERS OF THE RESISTANCE| Posted September 29, 2008
Not much of what socialite Paris Hilton says is quotable, that’s for sure. But her signature catchphrase “that’s hot” immediately comes to mind when one hears The Washington Projects’ debut Commanders of the Resistance. The long-awaited project from the brother/sister duo formerly known as Souljahz is not only insanely catchy (see “Move” and “Take it to the Streets” with beats made for sticking in your head) and cleverly produced, but there’s plenty of substance to go along with the group’s style.
Rather than focusing on the superficial, the lyrics cover everything from the need to spend time with God (“You Are My World”) to being intentional about relationships (“Love is Like an Ocean”) to living out your faith through action not words (“You Talk Too Much”). But unlike some Christian hip-hop/R&B/soul music that’s rich in message but sounds like a second-rate retread of something that’s already being done in the mainstream, the overall sound of Commanders of the Resistance is fresh and inventive, which should earn the band plenty of props—critically and otherwise.
And for those who’ve missed Souljahz, the Washington Project’s debut will serve as sweet reminder of just how talented these Washington siblings are—with or without the band’s former moniker. -Christa A. Banister
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good music| Posted June 28, 2012
commanders of the resistance i believe is the first album produced by the washington projects. when i think about rookie albums, this has got to be one of the top ones i've heard. they sure hit the ground running with this cd.
Commanders of the Resistance| Posted May 11, 2012
Overall I think this is probably the bands weakest album. I enjoy having releases in this under-represented genre of Christian music, but feel this particilar album really didn't have any tracks that stood out overall. Musically it feels a little out of step and like it needed more work and someone who could craft a better collection of grooves and hooks to develop the songs better. I am really glad to see that the band continued working on their music after this debut and continues to get better and write some very good music.
This album is awesome.| Posted September 10, 2008
This album is a great insprirational cd along with just something you can sit back and enjoy listing to. The lyrics are clean and have meaning to them. The beats and rythms are soothing and hip. I recommend this cd to anyone who likes urban music like hip/hop.
Awesome| Posted November 18, 2007
OMG i'm so glad to see that something of Souljahz has continued on they were awesome and The Washington Projects looks like they're goin to be awesome too! I can't wait to have a proper listen to the album!