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The Big Picture [edit]
by Da' T.R.U.T.H. | Genre: Rap/Urban | Release Date: July 21, 2009

Da’ T.R.U.T.H.’s Stellar award-winning, GRAMMY® and GMA Dove-nominated junior project, “Open Book” enjoyed a record-setting debut at #2 on the Billboard Gospel Chart the week of its release. Now in his fourth CD “The Big Picture,” Da’ T.R.U.T.H. takes the listeners from individually being Open Books to now becoming a part of a collective and more significant production in God’s master plan.

A lover of the double entendre, Da’ T.R.U.T.H. once again tackles unveiling a double message - “The Big Picture” as God’s master plan unfolded in five major parts (Creation, The Fall, Intermission, Redemption, and End Times) and “The Big Picture” as God’s eternal perspective on our living realities (joy, pain, suffering, prejudice, love and hate, life and death). All for the purpose of showing how God calls people to be a part of something much bigger than themselves.

The dark and piercing “Tree to Tree” pairs Da’ T.R.U.T.H. up with Tye Tribbett again as they paint the story of The Fall. The infectious “That Great Day Remix” reprises a gospel favorite from Da’ T.R.U.T.H.’s “Open Book” CD with a 21st century twist on BeBe & CeCe Winans’ blockbuster hit “Heaven” to drive home the message of The Return. “Fantasy,” the rhythmic feel-good groove that features 2009 double GMA Dove nominee J.R., pleads with us to stop wasting the precious gift of life.

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01. U Ready?
02. The Big Picture Interlude (ft Kirk Franklin)
03. Legend
04. Tree to Tree (ft Tye Tribbett)
05. Intermission (ft Chris Graham)
06. Lost (ft Tia Pittman)
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07. Trumpet Blow (ft Trip Lee)
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08. You Made
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09. Applying The Big Picture (ft Kirk Franklin)
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10. My President
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11. Great Wall (ft Freddy Washington Jr)
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12. Fantasy (ft J. R.)
13. Talk To You (ft GP)
14. That Great Day Remix
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15. How Long (ft Deluge Band)
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16. Pain
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17. Suitcase (ft Jahaziel, Stephen The Levite, Swoope)

Entry last edited by mesa_live on 07.16.09

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Modern R&B/God lyrics | Posted July 14, 2009
This album has a great sound that would attract many young listeners that listen to secular hip hop and R&B! But the lyrics are with a God message they are very encouraging and uplifting!!

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ichiben (193)

Good stuff | Posted March 10, 2010
I got this cd mainly cuz it was in the NRT store and I needed to spend some points. I was pleasantly surprised by some quality hip-hop. I'm not a huge rap fan, but when in the mood, this is pretty good for Christian hip-hop. Some songs annoy me, so it is hit or miss, but overall it's a good album if you like Lecrae or Flame. He is very open with his faith and message which is always encouraging. Song highlights include U Ready?, Legend, Lost, and Trumpet Blow.

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I see the Big Picture! | Posted August 05, 2009
"The Pig Picture" is the latest from the livest MC in the biz. The CD walks listeners through the journey from The Fall of Man to the anticipated Return of Christ. The "U Ready?" explains the purpose he and other gospel rap artists do what they do: "That's why I sing and rap, wanna get these teens back, and save them from the smoke, like a nicotine patch!"
There are A LOT of highlights on this CD:
-U Ready? (because of the above quote)
-Legend (lets people dwell on the majesty of God)
-Trumpet Blow (Trip Lee was a nice touch, but the last lines were what did it for me: "Dear Lord, I don't know when imma see you, but I can't wait and I pray that it'll be soon!")
-You Made (I liked the flow of the chorus)
-Fantasy (J.R. made it flow nice)
-How Long (Beautiful flow. LOVE this song!)
-Suitcase (EXCELLENT CONCLUSION! I'm packed and ready to go. Stephen The Levite's verse did it for me. I love how he referenced T.R.U.T.H.'s spoken word from his first CD.)
Overall, this CD is a must have. It reminds you of the beauty of God's grand design and will have you longing to see him face-to-face!

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L7 (22)

A must have... | Posted July 23, 2009
For any fan of Da T.R.U.T.H. or Christian Hip Hop for that matter this cd is a must have. It starts off strong. The first track is "U Ready?" and he makes u wonder what he has in store on the rest of the album. Kirk Franklin blesses the album a few times with interludes but never on a real song, which i found to be different and refreshing. The shining moment on the album for me is "Trumpet Blow" ft. Trip Lee. If you're expecting a hot 16 from Trip on here you'll be dissappointed, but then again maybe not. The song is blazing. One of the best in Christian rap to come out this year. The strongest tracks on the album to me were 1-7. After that its a bit of a let down, in my opinion. But that does not mean i stop listening after #7. The cd speaks truth like only Da T.R.U.T.H. can. The lowest point of the album was "President" in which Da T.R.U.T.H. borrows the line from Young Jeezy "My president's Black, my Lambo's blue." But this isnt a braggadocious record. This is a song that takes a close listen to see that he is boasting on our Lord. Not a bad message but, to me, he could have taken a different route. All in all this is an extremely solid album from production to lyrics to collabos.

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WOW | Posted July 20, 2009
WOW!!!!! thats all I can say, I thought Open Book was tight. Da Truth has just taken Gospel not just Hip-Hop to another level. I think this is a must have for anybody believer or not. GOD BLESS.

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The Big Picture couldnt get any BIGGER! | Posted July 20, 2009
What an amazing album. Da Truth has done it yet again, voyaging on a journey of faithfullness and empowered by Gods will to deliver a message to those who have an ear to hear, which speaks of a plan much greater and bigger than ourselves. With astounding guest artist and vocalist you can really appreciate the music on this great record that will be a classic for years to come!

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Best CD | Posted July 20, 2009
This is Truth's best CD to date. It has the most mainstream sound out of all his releases and it fuses rap with so many other genres. Truth's lyrics are still deep but now the music is on the same level as the lyrics. Truth outdid himself, showing that he is an ever growing artist. This CD will be added to my collection. Much Love!

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POWERFUL | Posted July 14, 2009
Okay, not fair! :) This is not my usual cup of tea but my nephew heard the first album and insisted that we listen. The album is awesome and powerful, the lyrics are so powerful, I can feel the presence of God coming through. They speak to situations of today and looking to God, who is our very present help in times of trouble. The album also speaks to keeping our mind stayed on God.

I also like the use of pairing with different genres/artists, that breaks up the usual monotony of rap music (my opinion :D). I'm looking out for this one!

Blessings to Da' T.R.U.T.H. and his ministry.

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ruthw7 (55)

Da' T.R.U.T.H., The Big Picture | Posted July 16, 2009
I didn't care for this album because it was a mostly rap sound. I know some people like rap, but I don't. I have no desire to listen to this album again or to buy this album.

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