The artist known as T-Bone has hit gold, and a lot of it, with his fifth release The Last Street Preacha. This album is truly a masterpiece and rivals secular collections musically and lyrically. Since his debut on the music scene in '89, T-Bone has brought with him fresh, innovative beats and a mature lyrical style that proves that Christian music is not so lame as it is often perceived as. With each new release he has come out with, his artistic growth can clearly be seen and experience that was gained from many years in the industry. This is one man who is not afraid to unashamedly proclaim the Word of God to the lost and give encouragement to those who already know Him.
The Last Street Preacha is no different than you would expect from the man behind Redeemed Hoodlum. From the opening cut, "Nuttin 2 Somethin'," the listener is bombarded with a lyrical barrage of things that have gone wrong in his life that he managed to mend through the Lord Jesus Christ. T-Bone's previous street life in the hood seems to be a common theme throughout the songs and this provides a connection between them, although it can get a little bit repetitive. Other songs that feature this same premise include the excellent "Street Life" and the American gang culture shout out "My Dream." Another highlight on the album that provides a break from all the heavy beats that fill the first half is a slower tune called "Wipe your tears" that claims that Jesus is always there for you and that he can make things better. This song is so true and the message is not watered down for a potential secular audience. Songs such as "Father Figure," "Throw your hands up," and "Turn this up" also successfully blend the Gospel with driving rhythms that would make other rappers overcome with jealousy.
This is not a perfect album, but it definitely shows where T-Bone stands leaving a feeling of anticipation for what else he has to offer in the coming years. By the end, "Miami Lovely," "Up On Game," and "U Don't Know" get a little old to listen to with their goofy approach that does not fit the rest of the songs. Also, not all of the songs are featured in the cover jacket which makes it harder to go back and analyze his message for spiritual content, leaving the experience especially frustrating because all of the songs carry a message everyone needs to hear.
Overall, T-Bone produced an excellent record that is the best Christian rap has to offer. This album will appeal to all those who love rap, a positive Christ centered message, and downright good music.- Review date: 10/28/03, written by Flip Choquette
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