Christian Rap, sometimes known as Christian hip-hop, is a real up-and-coming genre in the music industry and in the last year has become extremely popular in the USA. The whole idea of this genre is to spread the message of Christianity both spiritually and musically. That is something I feel Soloman Gehazi has done well and the fact he is British makes it all that more interesting. To be honest the Christian Rap that I have heard I haven’t been that impressed with, but as with any release I review I approach it with an open mind.
With features from guest appearances from D7, The Praying Mantis, DJ Amo, Tommy Oliver, Deonne, T33k1d, Jae Sosa, Wiggz, Big Ribzy, Young Weddaz , Alex Campbell, Corban, Radical and production from by Viggers, Nangfood, Termite, Mastaplanet, Soloman Gehazi has used the longest running mixtape series in UK Hip-Hop as a launch pad for this monster twenty five track release. Hosted by UK veteran Tricksta (Park Street PR, Beats & Bars, etc), the tape is not something I would expect to hear as part of the UK Runnings series but definitely isn’t of place in their catalogue.
This is authentic Hip-Hop music, this is Boom Bap and not every track goes on a deep religious tip, there’s a whole bunch of quality tracks that are uplifting and positive, conscious if not for a better word, so my immediate thoughts and pre-judgements got squashed as soon as I heard flows over Pete Rock and Apollo Brown production. The whole tape is ‘of a quality’ but there are some real gems on this mixtape. My only criticism is that maybe twenty-five tracks is a bit too long for a mixtape, especially is 2015. Don’t let that pit you off though, please grab it and get up on music that is a bit deeper than just drugs, women, violence and road talk. Impressed, very impressed.
Words: Alex Dunlow