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T-Bone
Bone-Appetit: Servin' Up Tha Hits



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 18 tracks: 73 minutes, 6 seconds
Street Date: September 25, 2007


Since debuting back in 1991, T-Bone has been an instrumental figure in the existence and development of Christian rap. The Godfather of Gospel Hip Hop has offered up six albums, two greatest hits albums, and has showcased his skills in !Hero: The Rock Opera and the Cuba Gooding Jr. starrer The Fighting Temptations. Now, in the midst of working on his next full-length album, he offers to feed our hunger with Bone Appetit: Servin' Up Tha Hits.

If you were hoping to catch some of his old school stuff here, you will be disappointed. Only hits from Bone-A-Fide, the ridiculously titled Gospelalphamegafunkyboogiediscomusic, and The Last Street Preacha made it into the mix (all albums released since T-Bone's been with Flicker Records). But you won't be disappointed at the song selection, as it shows how much rap and hip hop have changed in just six short years, as well as where it's going. You get songs anywhere from the classic "Ride Wit Me," to the very West Coast "Dippin'," to the crunk style of "Shake Ya Body." Half of the songs included are from Bone-A-Fide, T-Bone's latest studio record, so if you were a fan of that one you can sing right along.

Along with the hits, T-Bone threw on his rocker "Raised In Harlem" (from !Hero), 3 new songs (as well as a remix of one of them), and a somewhat funny track poking fun at Pentecostals (since he's blatanly Pentecostal, he's allowed to do that). Near the beginning we get "Sing Your Praises," a Latin-spiced R&B groove. It's a little different than anything he has done before, but it shows that he can be versatile. But for good measure, near the end he throws in a few quick raps. This song returns, in Spanish form, at the end of the collection to close it off. "King of My Life" is another Latin infused song, taken from a little known compilation disc from 2001 entitled Soul Lift, but the verses are rapped in traditional T-Bone style. However, my favorite of the new tracks has to be "Name Droppin'," in which he, uses names for the lyrics - whether Christian band or famous speaker. For instance, "That's when Ray Boltz straight through the door trying to sell me some Jars of Clay he got from El Salvador. I couldn't afford it if you know what I mean so I picked up the phone and called the Reverend Al for some Green". New artists and old, some I didn't even know until I looked at the lyrics.

My only problem with T-Bone has been his use of secular rappers on some of his songs, like Mack 10 and KRS-One, both of whom rap about their love of and faith in Jesus on T-Bone's songs. However, when you do the research and look into their respective websites and lyrics, it's anything but Godly. The only disappointments, then, on this greatest hits album, would be "Dippin'" featuring Mista Grimm, "Gospelalphamegafunkyboogiediscomusic" with KRS-One, and "A Few Good Men" with Mack 10. Other than that, Bone-Appetit is a good addition to the T-Bone collection.

- PReview date: 7/26/07, Review date: 8/23/07, written by Scott Fryberger

 


. Artist Info: Discography
. Record Label: Flicker Records
. Album length: 18 tracks: 73 minutes, 6 seconds
. Street Date: September 25, 2007
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. Follow T
  2. Ride Wit Me
  3. Sing Your Praises (English)
  4. I Been Lookin' Around
  5. Let That Thing Go
  6. Dippin'
  7. Wipe Your Tears
  8. Blazin' Mics
  9. Can I Live?
  10. Turn This Up
  11. Gospelalphamegafunkyboogiediscomusic
  12. A Few Good Men
  13. Shake Your Body
  14. Raised In Harlem
  15. King Of My Life
  16. Penecostal Horse Racing
  17. Name Droppn'
  18. Sing Your Praises (Spanish)
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