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Month: September, 2013

9.27.13 STCDNW (Interview with DJ DMD)

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On this episode (9.27.13 STCDNW), Di Baddest Chaplain talks to Houston rap legend DJ DMD. He talks about his faith journey, how he was able to baptize the classic “25 Lighters” into “25 Bibles”, his creative process with UGK and why he’s determined to make his next album “The Christian Chronic.” You gotta love it!

“Songs that can do no wrong” is hosted by Di Baddest Chaplain on the globe, Chris B. Only on #Soundbooth Radio 1. www.soundboothradio1.com

Stay connected. @ChrisB06 on Twitter AND dibaddestchaplain.tumblr.com

 

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The Morning After Post: Week 4 Nasty Boys

STOP THE MUSIC!

For the past two weeks I’ve been on this glorious post singing the praises of the San Francisco 49ers. Not only am I partially disgusted* with giving the Niners props, but I’m horrified that they are making me look bad!

You see, I bought the hype. Went into my fantasy leagues, quiet as I could be with plans of drafting Kaepernick and Anquan Boldin. How could I go wrong? The quarterback wunderkind paired with the brother who broke his face and treated it like a flesh wound?! Good money!

And week 1? Absolutely.

Week 2? Ok, understandable. Seattle does play in the terrordome, I get it.

But surely they would take it all out on Indianapolis right? Use the game to let off some steam, stick it to a team that was feeling themselves wayy too much, and reestablish why they deserve the big piece of chicken.

But that didn’t happen. Instead of answers all we’ve got is questions. And regret. You’ve left me no choice.

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Until the Niners get their act together I have no choice but to demote them from the Road Warriors to the Nasty Boys.

Let’s get to my Week 4 picks. Home teams in bold. Can’t miss game with the ill underline.

San Francisco over St. Louis

I’ll have no words if the Nasty Boys can’t get past the Rams. Imma have to google whatever tag team the Brooklyn Brawler was on just in case.

Baltimore over Buffalo

The Ravens messed around and caught the spirit last week. They should get Ray Lewis to dress up like Moses and hold a staff in the air at every game.

Cincinnati over Cleveland

I wonder how often Bengals fans console themselves by saying “At least we’re not Browns fans.” Both teams got surprising wins last week but Cincy’s was over a better team and…who am I kidding. No one cares about this game.

Chicago over Detroit

The Lions are fresh off their first win in Washington but Chicago is rolling. Detroit should be light work for them.

Kansas City over New York Giants

0-4 won’t look good on you Big Blue. How the mighty have fallen.

Minnesota over Pittsburgh

My respect for the Steelers made this a difficult pick for me but the truth is “Black and Yellow” was a long time ago. It ain’t only the towels that are terrible.

Arizona over Tampa Bay

Indy over Jacksonville

Seattle over Houston

Let’s see if the Seahawks can take their dominance on the road. Texans could earn some real stripes in this one.

Tennessee over New York Jets

Denver over Philadelphia

Ain’t no way Philly can keep up but the guns will most definitely be out in this one.

Washington over Oakland

So at first thought Washington should totally destroy the Raiders. But who knows? Games in Oakland can be like playing in the Bermuda Triangle. And Oakland has to be mad after that Monday Night embarrassment. Somebody has to pay. I wouldn’t wanna be reppin DC after this one.

San Diego over Dallas

If this happens does this mean San Diego is better than we thought or Dallas, despite possibly winning the division by default, still stinks?

Atlanta over New England

New Orleans over Miami

*That 8 year old boy wearing an Emmitt Smith jersey and a twinkle in his eye has never forgiven me for leaving the team of my youth.

9.20.13 STCDNW (Sacrifice over Compromise)

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On this episode, Di Baddest Chaplain talks about Derek Minor’s new album, Minorville. We also talk about hip-hop legend Mister Cee and the shameful shaming of mental health awareness in the black community.

“Songs that can do no wrong” is hosted by Di Baddest Chaplain on the globe, Chris B. Only on #Soundbooth Radio 1. www.soundboothradio1.com

Stay connected. @ChrisB06 on Twitter AND dibaddestchaplain.tumblr.com

From the Bleachers: Mariano Rivera’s number retired

Revisiting Rebel

9.16.13 STCDNW (Crae done changed) by Di Baddest Chaplain on Mixcloud

As mentioned on STCDNW, Lecrae’s third album Rebel changed my life. Prior to its release, I didn’t really get down with Christian Hip-Hop. Seems only right to make this the first revisiting review I have posted here. Read below for a track by track review that captures what I was thinking when I first heard the album, how I feel about it now, and using the advantage of hindsight to see the album’s impact on the artist and his effect on the culture.

Rebel Intro

We start with a weird juxtaposition of Jesus rebelling against the establishment and Lecrae rebelling against the cool. Hip-hop works as a great delivery method of the gospel because both were created with the least of these in mind. Rappers and Christians both have an oppositional identity and a confidence that goes against the norms of the day.

Christian Hip-Hop at this point seems not quite out of the “Jesus Freak” phase that rejects the cool kids.

I think much of the backlash that Lecrae experiences now is a part of a culture that he helped create. This track tells me to forget the world, they won’t accept you anyway so why try. If I’m a long time fan of this brother’s music, do I feel betrayed when I see him on 106 and Park or Rock the Bells?

Don’t Waste Your Life

The opus!!! I consider this the greatest video in Christian Hip-Hop history.

I’m also a huge fan of this song. It’s probably my favorite song by Lecrae which I know is like saying your favorite Michael Jackson album is Thriller but there’s a reason why this song was so successful. This isn’t just a great CHH song but it deserves to be in the hip-hop canon. If aliens needed to know what rap was, or a distant dystopia wanted to know how their forefathers expressed themselves, I would be unashamed to include this in the time capsule.

Quick aside: Where is Dwayne?! Dwayne Tryumf had an excellent, quasi-Renegade like verse on this record, dropped a fantastic album, a promising video to lead to a live album in Summer 2012 and then…silence. The game needs you fam! Where you at?

Go Hard

The transition into this record is so satisfying. Upcoming emcees and producers have got to pay attention to details like this. Seamless transition, maintaining the pace of the record. It’s chess, not checkers.

Crae kicks the listener in the chest with those opening lyrics.

Lord kill me if I don’t preach the gospel/

I’m only in my twenties but I’ll die if I got to

I’d be hardpressed to find lyrics that are more committed than this. Dude is clearly ten toes deep in this walk.

Couple that intensity with the good brother Tedashii and you’ve got a healthy conduit for your aggression. Which I appreciate.

I don’t like my rap all insecure and wet potato bread like. Sometimes you just need to Leonidas your problems down a well.

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Identity

When I taught faith studies I made this my theme music for a whole year. My 5th graders loved this joint! Kids will be quick to tell you if something is corny or not and the fact that they never got tired of this joint tells me a lot. Positive message and all that. Can’t beat it.

My homie Nick George volunteered to follow Miley Cyrus around for a month playing this song like Radio Raheem or that joker in High Fidelity

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Indwellin Sin

This is the saved version of DMX’s “Damien” records.

It asks the timeless question: Why don’t Jesus and Hennessy go good together?

Breathin’ to Death

Song is mad dramatic!

Gets a little sleepy but Crae sounds super desperate. This is some sanctified thirst.

Truth

I’m a sucker for rap songs that use the organ effectively.

This i song makes me think Lecrae used to listen to a lot of 2Pac. His intensity is coupled with a clear minded apologist flow. His passion is there but it’s controlled. It’s one of those wonderful moments where you hear someone sound intelligent and relatable. I love hearing brothers say some smart stuff that just confounds the bigotry of this world. Ahh refreshing!

This record should have an altar call on it.

Desperate

It’s clear that they drank mad lemon juice before they recorded. Might be a good thing they put a track in between this and breathin’ to death. Mess around and get dehydrated listening to this.

Change

I thank God for this song. Was afraid that the album was getting sleepy.

The song knocks as he tells you that you are wasting time. Another example of the urgency Lecrae frequently displays on this album. Got the feeling that Lecrae felt like Jesus is coming back next Tuesday.

Fall Back

It is clear that Trip Lee spent a significant time in Scarface’s basement listening to T.I mixtapes. It’s always exciting to hear an emcee make the leap and Trip is almost there with this record. (He takes another leap on 2010’s Between Two Worlds and is lightyears away on 2012’s The Good Life.)

This is right at the cusp of beats getting really good in Christian Hip-Hop.

One of the main detractions from CHH is that the beat selection would make Nas cringe.  I feel like this album provided the sub-genre the necessary tipping point that has ushered in the current golden age of production it is now flourishing in. Yes, you still have producers who are chasing the cool with faux epic beats from Rick Ross’ cutting room floor but for the most part this is an age of artistry that is making CHH get well deserved acclaim.

Live Free

Ugh!

JUST AS I WAS COMPLEMENTING THE BEAT SELECTION!

It’s like they made this song for the sole purpose of clearing the floor at an 8th grade dance.

Thankfully, Jai and Sho Baraka save this record from the abyss.

When Lions and Liars came out in 2010 I proclaimed that Sho Baraka was worthy of being in the conversation of best rapper alive. The homie Nick George, as we allude to on STCDNW, made the case for Lecrae as the best out of the 116 clique. I couldn’t receive it. Admittedly this is because I associated Crae with every cornball Christian who disparaged secular rap and hoisted him as the example of excellence. This, my friends, is not only throwing the baby out with the bathwater, it is hating. It’s only a testament to how excellent Rebel is. Even a reformed hater like me had to take notice and admit that this brother gets busy.

Got Paper

This is what the kids call a filler track.

Songs like this make me feel bad when I pray for money.*

BUT I appreciate it for its time capsule value. I feel like the brother who recorded this song would not listen to Church Clothes and feel comfortable.

It’s funny, a lot of people place a premium on authenticity but undervalue growth. Could it be that as Lecrae has grown in his walk he has found less need to condemn all things secular? I think it’s a mark of new believers to make all things worldly taboo but it strikes me as silly. I get it. When I was in 8th grade I got convicted by a sermon and threw my entire music collection (over 200 CDs at the time) away.** But if we aren’t to have ANYTHING to do with the world, where do we draw the line? Should I only watch Christian movies and read Christian books? How about Christian newspapers and magazines? News, weather and sports? At what point would I realize that although I am not of this world, I am still in this world and have to engage it on some level. It’s not compromising, it’s being realistic.

Furthermore, what are we doing if we don’t engage the world. How you gonna convict them if you don’t even acknowledge them? And who’s gonna listen to someone who only comes around to tell them how wrong they are?

I’m a Saint

One time for Gladiator Theme Music!!!

The Bride

Why am I surprised to hear this much energy at the end of the album? Not tryna start nothing but methinks he’s taking shots at Creflo.***

Attacking megachurches and the prosperity gospel crowd is such low hanging fruit. Are there elements within the culture that I find problematic? Sure. But rather than disparaging folks and calling them wolves and all that, there’s gotta be a better way to correct our brothers and sisters in love. Go to them privately with the matter, if it doesn’t improve then go to them with other brothers and sisters, and if they still don’t get down with what you are saying, wash your hands of them and keep it moving. But you can’t do this without relationship. And you won’t get relationship by merely throwing rocks at the throne.

Beautiful Feet

Solid finish to a terrific album. Smooth landing good brother, smooth landing. 

*Like anyone wants to be broke?! Nah son.

** My man Bony Tony is still mad that I didn’t just give the CDs to him.

***Though, this being a review of a 5 year old album, would be the highest form of instigating if that was my goal.

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