The Action Figure is the second full-length release out of the Gotee camp for the man known as Knowdaverbs. The album starts off with a blast; that being "God Is Big." The song is uniquely filled with lyrics about the immensity of God, my favorite being "bigger than the name that death trembles when it's pronounced." It's a beginning that lets you know where the rapper stands and he keeps the idea going the whole way through.
The title track, "Action Figure," is a story-telling song about working for the Lord with a secret service vibe thrown in. It's a different approach to doing the Lord's work and Knowdaverbs delivers funny lyrics such as "with my leather bond in hand and game plan on DVD, under the assumed identity of a black emcee." You'll hear many lyrical combinations that will make you smile throughout the entire record, for example: "A food attendant comes out pushing food and serving drinks, I'm like 'Yo, excuse me could you please sit down. You mess around too much and make this plane fall down'" from the hilarious "Plane Scared."
Amid the jokes and antics, there is a serious side to the album. In "If I Were Mayor," the rapper runs down a list of ways to change the hip-hop industry for the better. The best listen on the album, however, is "How Excellent," a song about God's greatness. Showing his closeness to God, Knowdaverbs sings "I live more abundant since I gave you my life, we're romantically involved and I can constantly survive." The artist hits on other topics such as materialism, the struggles of writing music, and the dichotomy of being a believer and still making poor choices at times.
Bringing along a few friends such as Grits, 4th Avenue Jones and others, help bring the album full-circle and complete a very solid collection of songs. The Action Figure is filled with honest and clever lyrics spit over a bunch of great beats. Though highly underrated, Knowdaverbs is one of the best Christian hip-hoppers in the game today. This album is definitely worth picking up if you haven't already.- Review date: 7/9/08, written by Kevin Hoskins
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