HIStory: Our Place in His Story
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In a world obsessed with reality television shows, one has to wonder, what if you could combine the brilliance of a writer and the wisdom of a director with the seemingly unpredictable passion of real life? What if this whole life was operating under these conditions, with God as the writer/director/star and each of us with a role to play? Could you find your place in _HIStory_?
Itching to answer that question, The Cross Movement is back with what may be the group's last album together. Taking their cue from the writer of Hebrews, who tells in chapter 11 about a host of people who faithfully played their role in the story being told by God.
2005 Grammy nomination for best rock/rap Gospel album of the year.
CD contains 15 all new studio tracks.
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But if this is the Cross Movement's last project as a group, I would like to comment on their impact on me. I'm a 30 year old Black male, but because of my deep southern religious upbringing, was never a major part of "hip hop culture" as a child. I would hear hip hop at school or occasionally sneak to watch a few videos when my parents (father-pastor, mother- missionary) weren't around. I enjoyed some songs, but never became a major hip hop head. Even then, I preferred the Southern style to the East Coast flavor. I can say, without hyperbole, that Cross Movement has had the greatest effect on me embracing some elements of hip hop culture, while also cultivating my faith in Christ.
As a budding, potential scholar myself, I am very much impressed and captivated by their knowledge of the Holy Scripture and their ability to articulate Old and New Testament principles, translating them into an artistic language that is relevant to those alive during this generation. They seem, as a whole, to avoid denominational, schismatic issues and focus primarily on plain Biblical tenets. There is rarely a song that does not include the Gospel or cross of Christ.
Finally, and this is a comment that I make about other Christian artists whom this applies to. They are fully cognizant that they are practicing an expression of their faith which is seen as radical, and that many are hostile to, but they have remained focused, preaching the message of Jesus Christ, His Cross, and His Holiness. They have learned the art of being radical without being rebellious.
Cross Movement members:
If you all read this review-- May God continue to use and bless you all. Continue the work of the Lord in whatever capacity the Spirit leads you.
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!