Unless they do a Jay-Z on us, this release is slated as the last official CD of the collective known as the 'Cross Movement'. From the first Heaven's Mentality, through to Holy Culture, Human Emergency and Higher Definition these brothers have been in the Holy Hip Hop game for 12 odd years representing the Kingdom of God to the fullest. In this time the quality of their music, as with Holy Hip Hop itself, has improved dramatically, and with it they have lifted up the standards that all artists in the genre are judged. They have helped me in my growth with the Lord, and with giving an alternative musical source to the junk that alot of the MCs produce these days.
Onto the CD itself. My first observation is that at seventeen songs deep, this CD is too long. But I quite understand that, for their last release they wanted to cram alot into the mix, and if it lost a bit of weight, it would be the better for it. Also a weakness ( or strength) is that it tries to cover the different styles of Hip Hop prevalent today. Being an east coast Lover (in terms of sound) means that I naturally gravitate towards these sounds, but if you like your southern flavor, you are more than catered for.
Lyrically, as usual these boys bring it, full on, and cover a multiple of topics. From gun play & violence (Back for This), how the world felt before & after September 11th (9/10), and the general need (particular the Hip Hop community) for Christ in this world.
If Holy Hip Hop is new to you and you don't know where to start, The Cross Movement would be a great place. Hopefully these brothers will be releasing solo efforts. Cuts that I am feeling: 'Trust in Him', '9-10', the 'Last Cypha', 'Tapestry','Back for This', and 'We Were They'. Dedicated to my 'Boy" Kayode!