Hidden below the surface of our seemingly authentic exteriors lie our deepest pains, struggles and inconsistencies. The unregenerate clothe themselves in the best the world has to offer, showing no signs of turmoil, while the transformed boast in the impenetrable armor they are privy to. But is it all a charade?
In its common usage, a black light reveals that which is invisible to the naked eye--exposing contaminants that produce otherwise undetectable odors. Black lights can also be used to distinguish between genuine currency and counterfeit bills. God too has a way of exposing man and showing us who we really are beneath the surface. He illuminates the emptiness in the cups we fill with temporal pleasures; unearths the unredeemed areas of our lives that we bury under rhetoric; and graciously provides us with the hope of a day where all that we now desire to hide is perfected by his sin-eradicating power.
Blacklight then is an attempt to uncover what we all often conceal, as Tedashii deeply exposes himself as an artist, Christian and human being, while infusing the common themes of hope and living with the end in mind. Sonically, on his third studio album, Tedashii exercises his artistic freedom to divulge more of who he is as an artist and the wide range of music he enjoys, resulting in an assortment of arrangements and cadences that cross genres. The singular message of a future hope to be realized in eternity is woven into the array of sounds, outputting songs that offer a social commentary on today's culture and address the day-to-day struggles many face.
From the outset, Tedashii's new sound and musical exploration are evident as Blacklight jumps off with "Riot," the electrifying sequel to "Make War" from Identity Crisis. As the album progresses, he continues to cover the sonic spectrum with tracks like "Can't Get With You," "That Will Be the Day" and "Finally" featuring Shane and Shane. Other highlights from Blacklight include "He Lives," on which he celebrates the living savior along with Flame and Jai and a collaboration with Lecrae on "Dum Dum." The album also features Sho Baraka, Thi'sl, Benjah, KB, C-Lite, and more. Production from Pro, Alex Medina, Street Symphony, DJ Official, the Kracken, Joseph Prielozny and others brings the quality and variety of sound that propel Blacklight.
Beyond offering himself and music that reflects the eccentricity in his musical tastes, Tedashii aims to illumine the hearts of believers with the hope of eternity spent with Christ, no longer living in guilt for what has been uncovered in our lives. He wants to send a reminder that there is hope because "though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day," so we can joyously anticipate "an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison..."(2 Corinthians 4:16,17).
We can and should live with the end in mind.
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2. Rock a Bye Baby
3. Need It Daily feat. PRo
4. Can't Get With You
5. That Will Be The Day feat. Jenny Norlin
6. This Is The Life feat. Sho Baraka and L2
7. Last Goodbye feat. Benjah
8. He Lives feat. Flame and Jai
9. Go Until I'm Gone feat. Thi'sl
10. Get Up feat. S.O.
11. Burn This House Down
12. Finally feat. Shane and Shane
13. You Know What It Is feat. KB and PK
14. Dum Dum feat. Lecrae
15. Reverse feat. C-Lite
16. Bravo feat. J-Paul