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Viktory - Believe It Now

Release:Believe It Now
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Media:[Audio CD] [Digital Download]
Recordlabel:Viktorious Music Group
Info:The album is released February 24th, 2006.

1. Believe It Now
2. Changed Me
3. Most High
4. Count On Me
5. Both Knees
6. Interlude (rap is better)
7. What U Need
8. Hold Me Down - featuring Marvin Winans Jr.
9. Move
10. I Need 2 Be
11. God Is Love
12. C'mon Man
13. Slip N Slide
14. Everywhere
15. In The Sky
Rating:Our users rated this release: 7.8 out of 10
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Review:After delivering a memorable debut album, Viktory is back on the scene with his sophomore effort, Believe It Now. The second release for Viktorious Music features the Alabama native continuing to build on the foundation he laid previously, as he fuses clever lyrics and creatives delivery with blazing production, making him one of the game’s hottest unsigned acts.

This fifteen-track endeavor has no shortage of star power as Viktory enlists several of urban music’s hottest talents to partner with him on this effort. Winans Phase 2 alumnus Marvin “Coconut” Winans, Jr. lends his vocals to the hook of “Hold Me Down”. These two are not strangers, as they partnered together on Viktory’s debut effort (read album review). They continue to work well together as they speak to the believer’s need to be supported completely by Christ.

The star power gets even bigger as the currently-retired progenitor of Nureaumerica, Tonéx, offers his production genius on the tracks “C’Mon Man” and “Dopeman”. As you can expect, that Nureau Ink is spilled all over these tracks and adequately compliments Vik’s “victorious” flow. “Dopeman” is especially creative, as Viktory equates receiving the Word to the desperation of a drug addict, while likening deliverers of the Word to suppliers. With the emphasis on the need for believers to crave the Word with a heavenly addiction, this track is definitely a keeper and one of the most creative in recent memory. Both “C’Mon Man” and “Dopeman” are easily on tap for summer jams of 2006.

The balance of the album’s production falls on the capable shoulders of Tony Stone, who brings all sorts of flava to this effort, solidifying its urban authenticity.

But all of the production in the world can’t replace skilled delivery and relevant lyrics. And… there’s no shortage of either here, for Viktory continues to tell stories and create images that keep the listener intoxicated from start to finish.

The simile-laden title track showcases Viktory poetic flow that sets him in a class all his own. The Midwest-infused track “Move” is a song that unapologetically speaks to the enemy and haters, demanding them to move out of the way. “Slip N Slide” moves toward that mellow Dirty South vibe and serves as encouragement to those living the life to just live and continue to move towards their divine destination.

“Most High” speaks to the faithful nature of Christ and encourages believers not to dwell on their hang ups but to depend on God for deliverance and victory. It showcases the intimate nature of a personal relationship with God, presenting it in an approachable format that personalizes the “Most High” and simplifies the concept of a daily walk with God.

Once again, Viktory delivers a memorable project that’s both relevant and infectious. With transparency one of his arrows, this effort is a bonafide tool to win others to Christ while encouraging believers in the faith. This is one that will spend plenty of time in your CD players and already has dibs for one of hip-hop’s brightest efforts of 2006.
source: GospelFlava.com, added: May 14, 2006
by Aziz Peregrino-Brimah

Do you have the Viktory? Nah, I didn’t say the v-i-C-t-o-r-y. I said the v-i-K-t-o-r-y! Yes, do you have that new Viktory CD yet? Probably not, because it’s not out yet! LOL. But it is available for pre-order. I’ve heard the whole thing and this is some good music right hur (here)! Let me go ahead and get this out of the way… “I love this CD!”

You ever had that kind of CD that you had to find while looking through your collection, “like, man I got to put that on!” The kind you play when you boys are over, or alone chilling playing PlayStation. LOL. I got one more… this is your “Saturday morning, getting ready to go play ball” CD. LOL. My point is – this is feel good music!

I’ve had the privilege to talk to “Vik” and this is a cool brother. His personality shines through his music too. He’s not “fakin’ the funkin’” by any means. This brother knows his bible and he knows the Lord. It’s evident. Oh you best believe there is a difference!

This great fifteen track project kicks things off with the title track, produced by Holy Hit Makerz. The beat is hot. Trust me, you could be rolling down the block pumpin’ it and peeps will come up to you like “Yo, who is that???” To their surprise it will be a Christian kat! LOL. I love it. The beat is bangin’! The theme to the song is “if you didn’t believe it before, it would be in your best interest to believe it now.” Why? Because God is doing a great work and doing it through his body… Check out this line:

I’m like a seamstress – bring together beats, rhymes, light – and you can rock them on the weekend

That was hot! Vik brings many hot lines on this project – atop of great content (which matters most!).

Is it just me, or does it seem that everywhere you turn a guy named Tony Stone has his hands in something? Can some give this dude a Grammy for “Hustler of the Year”? This dude is doing his thing in Jesus name! He produces all but three songs on this project. That alone should let you know that the album is a “must have.” Other production is also by Tonex (did someone say “how he do dat”???) and Kelvin Wooten.

All of the songs are good, and I’ve already found myself singing the hooks. They’re catchy! Vik is very good at coming up with catchy hooks.

One song that really blesses me to hear is “Count On Me.” I can really see this song taking this album to the top. The reason I love it is because he gives a testimony of how the Lord helped him through some trying times in his life. I’m sure we’ve all been at a place where it SEEMED like things were about to fall through. But God came through, didn’t He? Yes, amen! God is good! He’s never let me down. Thank you, Lord.

One thing we need in this Christian walk is accountability. I can confess that I went through a trying time once because I had no-one to lean on. On track eight, “Hold Me Down,” Vik speaks about how he is thankful for brothers and sisters who know the Lord who are able to intercede for him and give him tough love when necessary. That says a lot about the brother. He is a mature Christian wanting to grow closer to the Lord. It takes someone serious about their walk to say something like this. Marvin Winans, Jr. makes a special guest appearance on here as well. This is a great song!

Honestly, I’d have to write a book to talk about all of the gems and good things on this project. Every song is so good. Well, I will say this… and Vik can probably feel me on this one... The interlude (the only interlude on the album) could’ve stayed off. LOL.

Vik, for a sophomore album, you did your thing bro! I believe it now!

Production: 10
Lyrics: 10
Message: 10
source: Rapzilla.com, added: May 14, 2006
source: -1', added: Mar 28, 2015

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