Channeling Michael Jordan
Posted May 17, 2016
By DwayneLacy_NRT, Staff Reviewer
The millennials have been the target of a lot of criticism and finger pointing. Although I agree that this generation deserves some of the bad press it is getting, I also believe that there are so many talented and upstanding millennials that do not get enough recognition. Kaleb Mitchell is a 17-year-old rapper/producer who is turning many heads among those associated with Christian hip hop. He released a noteworthy free album last year at age 16, and many people (including me) were wondering how could someone be this dope at rapping and producing at such a young age. His new album 45 (available for free also on soundcloud) showcases more of what we heard last year, but it also shows that he is definitely an old soul.
The number "45" was a number Michael Jordan wore on his jersey when he first came out of retirement. Kaleb starts the album with the audio for the announcement of Jordan's return. This album was produced by Wontel, Anthony Cruz and Mitchell.
The way Kaleb chose the title shows his hunger for more. Like Jordan, Kaleb knows that people were wanting more from him, but he also knows that means that people have high expectations for him, just like Jordan. The pulsating bangers and the emotion-filled flow continues with "No Pressure, All Good (feat. Adrian Stresow)." Kaleb feels pressure, but he wants to put it in God's hands. The song takes a turn into a laid back R&B tone and morphs into EDM (with Mitchell and Strestow displaying some vocals).
Kaleb's and Ki'shon Furlow's bars were on 10 on "Watchu Mean." Kishon's flow (with his various inflections) serves as a cool contrast and compliment to Kaleb's rapid-fire, higher-pitched style. The ode to and respect for the 90's continues as Kaleb spits over A Tribe Called Quest's "Scenario" while delivering some off beat/on beat rapping over Dr. Dre and Snoop's "Deep Cover."
It is clear that Kaleb Mitchell has a lot of confidence, and he understands that one must believe in his own dreams and visions to properly convey it to others. He leaves us with an "Outro" where he talks of turning his dreams into reality. With his goals in mind, he equates himself to David, setting out to conquer "giants" in his way. This comes in the form of "Goliath."
The Bottom Line: You have heard the statement, "Don't sleep on ___" before. However, I am very serious about that statement when it comes to Kaleb Mitchell. You will continue to hear from him. Pray for this brother, because there is no way that false promises, temptations and other obstacles will not come his way.
Song to Download Now:
"45" (Download the album here.)
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