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|Info:||1. Get This Party Started |
2. What's Goin' Down
4. Toby's Mac
5. J Train
6. Do You Know
10. Quiet Storm
11. Wonderin' Why
12. Somebody's Watching
13. Triple Skinny
14. Love Is In The House
15. Extreme Days
16. Don't Bring Me Down
17. In The Air
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|Review:||It's a return to roots, sort of.|
Contemporary music innovators and hit-meisters dctalk have
had songs such as “Nu Thang,“ “Lean on Me” (the remake of
the Club Nouveaux version), and the mega hit “Jesus Freak“,
with a sound that mixes rap with Alternative and
But that rap element has dwindled after each release, and
was excluded altogether on their last release,
Group member tobyMac does the turnaround, of sorts, on his
solo debut, Momentum, from Forefront Records. The hip-hop
element that was lacking on dctalk’s latter recordings is
woven throughout the entire album.
tobyMac CDAlong the way, Toby mixes R&P, a little blues, and
of course rock, to make a nice blend of good music.
Ensuring that good sound, Toby enlists the likes of Pete
Stewart, Todd Collins and Mr. Mookie Soul Music himself
—Michael Anthony Taylor.
Kirk Franklin joins Toby as they take a ride on the “J
Train“. This funk-driven song has Franklin doing his usual
ad libs, and Toby gives us a ‘James Brown meets Run DMC’ rap
that works for the occasion. Add a few ‘woo-woo’s like you
hear in “Revolution”, and you have a song that requires you
to hit ‘repeat’ on the stereo system.
Toby also tries his hands at borrowing popular choruses from
an 80’s and 70‘s songs.
“Do You Know” uses the chorus from the theme song of the
movie, Mahogany, sung originally by Diana Ross. The first
verse is written to Toby’s three-year-old son, “Tru-dog“.
The second verse is alsow written with a father-to-son
perspective, but this time, it‘s our Heavenly Father talking
“Somebody’s Watchin' Me” borrows the chorus from the song
of the same title made popular by Rockwell, and featuring
Michael Jackson. The song talks about God watching his
people, boasting these lyrics:
He got my back
See I‘m down with the King
So I got it like that
—from "Somebody's Watchin' Me"
Toby knows soul when he hears it; his frequent calling on
sixteen-year-old Joanna Valencia on the project is proof of
that. She sings the chorus on both “Do You Know“ and
“Somebody‘s Watching“. Her voice will put you in the mindset
of a Lauren Hill, Roberta Flack and a Chaki Khan —she DOES
NOT sound like a teenager. She’s one to watch, with
distinctive pipes unlike any singer so far in Gospel.
DJ Maj flexes his skill on many of the cuts on Momentum.
“Wondering Why” (again featuring Valencia) is a definite new
millennium, hip-hop/R&P joint that will make even the
seasoned of hip-hop heads bob theirs. The beat-driven yet
laid-back song explains Toby‘s mission for making the
Those fond of rock and hip-hop blended together will not be
disappointed with songs such as “Let’s Get this Party
Started”, “Yours“, “Extreme Days” and the title cut.
True to his dctalk roots, Toby gets socially conscious with“
“Irene” and “What’s Goin Down“. Then there’s the funky loop
of Tru-Dog playing on the studio mike.
If you’re a lover of diverse styles and a lover of God’s
music, Momentum is for you. Don‘t get it twisted, God is
glorified from start to finish.
|source: GospelFlava.com, added: May 14, 2006|
|source: -1', added: Jul 06, 2015|