Reviewed by: Neil Christian
Rating: 4.9 (Out of 10)
There are not many consistent albums in CHH. There is also not much homage being paid to the forefathers of Hip-Hop who prepared the way before us, as there is in the secular scene. Because of that, I believe we have lost the rich heritage, and as a result, the direction of CHH is sprayed at best. That’s why it’s a pleasure to listen to an album that takes you back in a good way to the golden age of Hip-Hop and yet keeps the focus on Christ.
Let’s start with the production where there is nothing that sticks out. That’s not a bad thing however. The album is very consistent in its production. You, for example, is a straight 90’s throwback R&B joint designed for worship, complete with smooth keys, smooth vocals and that classic 90’s kick, snare that I so love!
While we are speaking of classic beats, you can include the vintage timbo tinged Looking (remix) into the mix. With its hat riding production and sparse synth injections, it’s a smooth track that talks about dating and looking for the “one”. This one is sure to resonate with the singles and those looking to get married but there isn’t anyone in sight.
Fighting Plea sounds like a nod to old-school Rihanna joints, with its suave keys that add a great emotional, introspective layer to the track. It is a deceptively heavy track with deep contemplative lyrics. Finally, the guitar tinged track On Me reminds me a lot of classic Eminem.
Speaking of classic beats, there’s even more classic Hip-Hop on display. Lyrically the artist is quite decent and simple. The rhymes are decent as there is some nice wordplay involved on Breath of Fresh Air, “enough is enough/same old style/I thought they retired/ but they come back/ don’t save hip-hop/ look at the stats” it’s simple rhyming, nothing complex and yet conveys what idea the artist wanted to convey.
The mixing is a letdown though. The project is just not mixed and mastered very well. The vocals are clear sometimes, but the instrumentals lack that clarity factor where the backing track just becomes noise instead of being able to tell the different elements and enjoying the music. Sometimes the singers come through a bit loud and sometimes they are off-beat so it throws the listener off.
With 12 tracks and a bonus track included, it’s a good length for a project. It’s not overwhelming to listen to and the songs don’t get lost with each other.
Now people can go two ways on this. Some will be turned off by its old-school production. While for others, like me, it is a chance to relive those days of house parties and just stupid fun, albeit forgetting the sin involved. However, I did walk away forgetting the rapper. That’s not a good thing. To be completely honest, the album was just plain boring. The flow of the rapper didn’t grab my attention, the subject matter was forgotten quite quickly and there was no urge to go back to listen to the project after writing these last words for the review.
So in conclusion, we need more of these albums, notwithstanding the lack of polish and diversity. Continue to grow Jeremaya, a lot of potential there!
Rating – 4.9
1. Music – 5
2. Flow – 5
3. Creativity / Originality – 5
4. Relevancy – 5
5. Content & Character – 5
6. Credibility & Confidence – 7
7. Personality – 5
8. Presentation Quality – 4
9. Overall Production Quality – 4
10. Potential Impact – 4