Album Review: The Ambassador “The Invitation”
“The light of Christ is blazin' one/It's a fight to live right, and it's major son!!!!”
– The Ambassador, The Light
If you recognize these lyrics, then you already know how it's about to go down…..
What up good people!!!!!! It's your favorite O.G., neophytemuziq, back again with yet another review of the latest CHH releases. Today is special for me. I have watched this emcee go from ministering in small churches to touring around the country and the world as a member of the legendary group The Cross Movement.
His debut solo project, Christology- In Layman's Terms, is considered a classic.
And now, 23 years later, The Ambassador returns with The Invitation. Believe me…it is just that….an invitation to The Gospel of that Ole rugged Cross but wrapped in the sounds of the present day. Let's dig in!!!!
Standout tracks include BREATH, the intro that sets the table for worship. This will have your hands raised for sure. Next, we have THE GOSPEL. This jawn starts out with an afro beat kinda feel, then seamlessly hits you with the trap vibes to provide a musical duality that works. The bars are on point, as to be expected.
Next, we have NEW HUSTLE; a street cut doused in the blood of the Lamb. This is The Ambassador at his best!…..aggressive, direct, no holds bars….the Gospel. We also have RIDE-N-VIBE, which gives off some West Coast vibes….heavy on the bass line as it allows Ambassador to bounce all over the track.
And for my HEAD BANGA of the album, there is GIVE GOD THE PRAISE. This is classic Ambassador shooting bars in his signature style. However, he flips flows consistently throughout the entire song. To give you a visual of just how crazy this track is, imagine praise and worship that spent time in the gym while drinking protein shakes. This……is…….THAT!!!!!!! Your ears, car speakers, and house system will give you the business if you don't send this masterpiece through them…..several times over.
The Invitation is a reminder to us that the emcees that built what we call CHH still have something to say. But more importantly, this project lets us know that though the sonic landscape may have changed over the last 20+ years, the Gospel was…..is……and always will be relevant.
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Grace and Peace