Rhema Soul is a trio from South Florida who go by stage names: K-Nuff, JuanLove, & Butta-P. The threesome is diligently working their way to becoming veterans in the Christian hip-hop scene. Fingerprints is their third release since 2007; an album that delivers a sound that you won't hear everyday while listening to the radio, but rather something that you'd expect to hear playing in a club.
The disc opens with "Never Lay Low," and you'll immediately notice the highly unique production. The beats on display are extremely diverse on almost every single track that follows, and this ear-catching approach is the primary strength of Rhema Soul. Following is "Fly Away," a pretty good song about the hurts of this world and having the strength to make the changes that are necessary to live for Christ. At this point, the album seems to be heading in the right direction. However, this is not to be: the next set of tracks unfortunately fall flat. Some of those beats that initially came off as unique but positive verge into sounding weird, and the flow of the verses is weak.
Somewhere around the middle of the album, however, Rhema takes a U-turn and it gets better again. "Spotlight" displays those great beats properly and the verses mix beautifully, while "Why It's Gotta Be Hard" showcases the best lyrics on the entire album. Next up is "Blow Your Whistle," which is probably the most distinctive track found on the record. The production is great, the chorus is fun, and the point to be strong for Christ is great. Unfortunately, the next set of tracks go downhill for the second time. The ending songs "Beat Go," the title track, and "I Hope" are simply mediocre listens that left me wanting more.
All in all, this is a decent album with some of the most unique beats around. The focus of the album is definitely geared toward people noticing who Christ is and how to deal with the difficulties of this world. There are a few stand-out tracks that will turn heads, but unfortunately, they are detracted from by the handful of tracks that are really weak. So, as a whole, I'd have to say that the album is a little too uneven to rise above average.- Review date: 7/19/10, written by Kevin Hoskins of Jesusfreakhideout.com
Record Label: Underground Blaze / Good City Music
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