I've been listening to Fedel for a while now, so it's kind of hard to imagine that this is his debut album. When I got my hands on his "Growing Pains" mixtape, I had figured that he'd already released some other stuff and this was a veteran emcee that I was dealing with. Well, lo and behold, this is indeed his first full-length offering as an emcee and the name of the album is "I Live." With this offering, Fedel shows us just how talented he is as an emcee, while hitting us with a wealth of spiritual meat to chew on.
With this album, there are a few things that immediately stand out to me. First, the cover art is simple, yet strong; it's the kind of artwork that would cause me to take a chance on this artist if I had never heard of him. It's just all around professional. But the cover art can often be deceiving, so on to the music. So, as I listen to this album, the production immediately catches my ears and by large the album is sonically clean. I'm drawn in by the "Intro" where Fedel gives us a few bars to introduce the album and explain its concept. From there, it's only uphill. Once you get past the introduction you're hit with a barrage of bangers including joints like "Tell a Friend," "Walk it Like I'm Changed," and "Get Live (He Alive)." Each has a very strong sound that is catchy and keeps your finger pushing repeat and rewind. What's more, as the album continues, the songs get stronger and remain just as catchy as you run into tunes like "In the Church" and "Time and a Season." In all, you'll be hard pressed to find a song worthy of that skip or fast forward button.
As I said in the opening paragraph, this album isn't all about the music; it's also chock full of spiritual food for the believer to get encouraged by. This is evident from the very beginning of the album with "Tell a Friend" that encourages the listener to evangelize, share their faith and let the world know that Jesus lives, which is again echoed in "Get Live (He Alive)." Christians are also encouraged to "Keep On" as they walk it like they're changed. The listener also gets reminded that "Old Things" have passed away, so we need to look forward and "Get It" and "Get Down" in this Christian life. The beauty of this album is that you're bound to walk away with something on each and every track. What's more, this sounds so natural for Fedel; none of his messages are forced and naturally flow out of the context of each song, almost to the point where you don't even realize that you're digesting spiritual truth.
Overall, I was very impressed with this debut effort from Fedel. You can tell that a lot of hard work went into this project, and the end result is an album that just about everyone should be pleased with. He proved his worth as an emcee and I look forward to many more albums to come. You set the bar high Fedel, so keep on climbing!
Record Label: Indie
2. Tell A Friend
3. Walk it like I'm Changed
4. Get Live
5. Keep On feat Sarah Sanders
7. In the Church
8. Old Things
9. One by One feat Sean Johnson
10. Out the Crib
11. Get it feat Knine and Viktory
12. On Mine
13. I LIVE feat Cam
14. Time and a Season
15. Get Down feat Dre Murray
Hidden tracks Take It Easy and J Walk