The album opens up with an introduction geared towards including everyone, saved and unsaved, into his musical testimony and it works. Obie One BA is a unique artist that isn’t shy about letting the world know where God has taken him from. Once the womanizing sinner, Obie One BA has his eye on Christ.
The third track ‘A Song Like This’ featuring Chinua Hawk reflects the struggles with saying no to the things that feel so good while the track ‘Walk Wit Me’ expresses his resistance for Christian rap in the first place. The party anthem ‘The Reason Why (Get Em Up)’ featuring GO2 and produced by KT Productions is a song for all who are not ashamed of being born again.
The album is organized in two sections. Songs one through nine are fast paced and is designed to get you up and moving while the rest of the album, songs eleven through twenty switches tone after the interlude and includes love songs to God. Samantha Cardwell adds softness to ‘Cleaning Out My Heart’ and gives the song more balance. ‘Never Knew’ expresses how so many of us feel. We come to a point with Christ that we think “I never knew love could feel like this”. One can listen to this song and it can definitely reflect their own walk with Christ.
Overall, Obie One BA offers a solid album that has all the ingredients to impact the Christian hip hop community. I appreciated the fact that the tracks were neatly crafted and lyrics weren’t rushed through. Every song is written by Obie One BA and it’s obvious it comes from the heart.
He sought out collaborators that could bring out the best of every track and most of it works nicely. If the track ‘Knock Down’ is any indication of what Obie One BA desires to do in the music industry, pick up this album and be on the look out for more to come.
Release Date: July 12, 2011
Label: One Compass International
1. The Introduction
2. Jesus Watch Over Me
3. A Song Like This featuring Chinua Hawk
4. Walk Wit Me
5. The Reason Why (Get Em Up) featuring GO2
6. Knock Down
7. Where The Party At?
8. Steady Movin featuring Satirah & Steve Flow
9. Let’s Take A Ride featuring Glenda Allen
10. The Interlude
11. A Song Like This Revisited featuring Chinua Hawk & Sequoia
12. She Loves Me featuring Brittin
13. Love Hurts, Love Works featuring Chinua Hawk
14. Cleaning Out My Heart featuring Samantha Cardwell
15. Never Knew featuring J9 & Akeisha Thomas
16. I Love You featuring Pastor Byron L. Broussard
17. Unconditionally featuring Chinua Hawk
18. A Happy Day (LA LA LA) Remix featuring Esha
19. Real Life, Real Music, It’s My Testimony featuring Chinua Hawk, Steve
Flow, Pastor Byron L. Broussard
20. The Invitation