Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Tales From the Swift
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, Christian, Gospel
THIS ALBUM IS SIMPLY BANGING!!! PRAISE GOD! 4A1
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'M A NEW MAN THE OLD HAS PAST AWAY AND HEY!!! YO THIS ALBUM IS A BLESSING FOR ALL THOSE COMING OUT OF THE SECULAR HIP HOP WORLD LIKE MYSELF. CHRIS AND ALISHA DEFINITELY REPRESENTS GOD'S PEOPLE TO THE FULLEST. FROM START TO FINISH THE TRACKS ARE TIGHT AND THE LYRICS TESTIFY AND GLORIFY GOD'S GRACE. THE GOSPEL LADY COMES CORRECT EVERYTIME SHE OPENS HER MOUTH. CHRIS KEEPS YOU THINKING WITH THAT WEST COAST TYPE OF APPEAL LYRICS. THOSE WHO LIVE ACCORDING TO THE SINFUL NATURE HAVE THEIR MINDS SET ON WHAT THAT NATURE DESIRES; BUT THOSE WHO LIVE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SPIRIT HAVE THEIR MINDS SET ON WHAT THE SPIRIT DESIRES. THE MIND OF THE SINFUL MAN IS DEATH, BUT THE MIND CONTROLLED BY THE SPIRIT IS LIFE AND PEACE...! A1 SWIFT MIND, IS NO DOUBT, CONTROLLED BY THE SPIRIT! AS A CHRISTIAN RAPPER MYSELF I THANK YOU FOR YOU EFFORTS. CONTINUE TO LET GOD USE YOU. MAY GOD BLESS YOU IN JESUS NAME!!! AMEN"
West Coast Style Christian Hip Hop
Jon L. Capogrossi | Arcadia, CA | 01/31/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A-1 Swift was the first Husband and Wife rap team in the history of Hip Hop, Christian or otherwise. Others like them have come out since (New Breed) but they were the first. They were also one of the first Christian Rap groups to specificaly represent the San Francisco Bay area, along with T-Bone. This was A-1 Swift's second album and, I think, their last (hopefully not, though-this is one group I'd like to see come back).
This album's style is definitely West Coast, giving the Dre/Snoop sound a run for it's money with the tight production of Buster and Shavoni (who have also worked with Kirk Franklin, who himself gave shout outs to A-1 Swift on the God's Property album).
The fattest and best songs on here are "You know the Deal", "Backstabbers", and "Tales from the Swift". "Drop the Bomb" is a rap about spiritual warfare which presents the issue and the solution in a different way that gets your attention..To me, the best moments on this album come from the Female rapper, Alisha Tyler. IMO she's the tightest of the two, with a real mix of skills reminiscent of the Lady of Rage and other west coast female MC's, dropping lyrical hits left and right rapid fire... Every time she steps to the mic you can expect something tight,yet representing Jesus Christ and salvation to the fullest. Chris is a lot more laid back in his presentation, lyrics dropping at a slower pace, but still represents. There's also a real cool praise and worship type song called "Praize God", which has Chris coming with a straight-out-of-Jamaica dancehall reggae style which is surprisingly authentic-that's a great song that lifts up the Lord. This is a good album to play in your car...it's a little outdated in some areas, with a real 90's sound at times, but it's a great christian rap album. Most importantly-A lot of people say some christian rap artists don't mention Jesus enough in their lyrics...that is NOT the case with A-1 Swift. They are very explicit in their mentioning of the Word of God and the name of Jesus, there's no mistaking what they're rapping about. If you like the west coast rap sound, or want to reach out to someone who is down with the music of Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, give them this CD"