Lil Prophet - The Revolution
Posted by Lamar Gibbs on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 6:26pm EST
Born and bred in Chicago, now currently in Florida, and ministering worldwide; Lil Prophet comes with The Revolution, an album purposed to illustrate the purpose and blessing of transforming your heart and mind which transforms your response to situations and brings glory to Christ!
The album starts off with a fresh beat; however I feel that with him using auto-tune took away a bit from the strong introduction. This song shows quite simply where he used to be before Christ and showing his intent to show himself through this album as well. We then move into the next song “I’m Changed”, which continues speaking on what has changed since Christ, which as we know is a much talked about topic, so it may feel a little stale topic wise to seasoned CHH music listeners, nevertheless the beat knocks!
One thing that I appreciate is the quality of the production and sound engineering on this project, the words aren’t drowned out by the beats, neither are the sounds muffled or low overall. As long as CHH has been around, the importance of this continues to be overlooked by artists at times, so I’m grateful to see the diligence with it. One track that many may look forward to, with the features of Kambino and Yaves is titled “Brainwashed”. Kambino comes very strong with his features showing the way in which many are brainwashed by the media, politics, etc. while Yaves shows the brainwashing of the different religions as a result of sin and the lust of men, however, some of his metaphors I felt were a bit forced. Lil Prophet closes it out with the brainwashing that even occurs in the church, showing no man is exempt when one doesn’t depend on Christ and His word to truly see.
“Fatherhood” touches on a topic that more are speaking on poignantly (theBreax “Fathers”, 116 Clique “Man Up”, J'son “Parent Me”) and with the amount of ministry Lil Prophet is doing, I’m sure this is a daily and saddening encounter for him. Again, with the singing, I wasn’t really feeling it. I even, at first, couldn’t tell what he was saying but got it a bit later. Jeremiah Bonds, featured on the song, brought things home speaking about him having a father and the blessing of it.
In the title song (if you don’t include “the” from the title haha), Lil Prophet speaks on one thing that is often overlooked in spreading the truth of Christ around...that it must revolutionize you first. Many can get saved and forget that the mind still must be renewed and can often bring division by unbridled zeal and passion. This is something that is actually close to my heart, because I’ve often seen how the neglected “little things” impact greatly the big things you desire to do and glorify God with. Sometimes we may have unforgiveness, selfishness, patterns from the past before Christ that our mind hasn’t renewed with yet, and we have to learn how to love, etc truly and not just how we have been taught.
Some of the tracks didn’t really grab at me, like “Renewed” or “We Are United”, however with the last song I just mentioned, I appreciated the change in feel for the album, for it mellowed things out a bit. A track that surprised me was “Heart of Courage”, featuring Pettidee. This track communicated the aspect of revolutionizing our heart that dealt with being renewed in your courage for Christ. Lil Prophet starts the verse by naming specific historical instances recorded in Scripture that showed how the renewal of an individual revolutionized by God took place, he said lines like these, “They wanna make me back down/they quittin on me/but I lived through the Flood/like Noah homie/if I’m in prison then I interpret these prisoners/tell Pharaoh what you want, but I thank Jacob for the coat I’m in/clean/no bondage, I’m not a slave homes/escaped outta Egypt wit a stick and some sandals on/and tell the Canaanites that Gideon is in the building wit a small army/unlikely heroes that God listens to” Everyone of those examples featured people that were nervous, stuttering, timid, small, and any other adjective that describes an individual who lacks courage. Its encouraging to know that no matter your personality, background, situations, and experiences that the Lord can renew you in His strength and cause you to stand in it. As my dude Richie Righteous says, God makes “No Mistakes” so submission to Him will revolutionize you.
The album is twelve songs of simply conveying the fact that the truth of God must change you in order for you to properly proclaim that change to others. While Lil Prophet is not the intricate lyricist and there are some things that could have been done to introduce some more complexity, the purpose of the album is fulfilled. Instead of joining the revolution, Lil Prophet issues a call for you to be revolutionized yourself.
Categorical Ratings Breakdown:
Lyrics/ Delivery: 3/5
Beat Selection/Production: 4.5/5
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