Rawsrvnt describes his music as "Hip Hop Worship" and it's easy to see why. The songs on this album intentionally create an atmosphere for hearts to encounter God. A good example of this is Holiness and Here I Am to Worship, which are his Hip Hop interpretations of the two popular Contemporary Christian songs. Not only are these songs done well, but they might actually connect with listeners even more than the original versions. These are only two of several tracks on this album which might get more play in your quiet time than in your gym time, something that is not typically stated of a rap album.
Dont get it confused though, this album is not just bass heavy ballads for God; there are more than enough uptempo songs to keep your head happily nodding. One of the best of these is Jesus Jam, which is a joyful ode to celebrating life to Christ centered music. Even in the midst of this festive song, you hear his heart for the lost in lines like, "it dont even matter if youre young or youre old/ truth gotta be told to your zipcode."
Where No Ordinary Love excels it does so because of Rawsrvnts distinct voice (both rapping and singing), solid flow, and memorable hooks. It also doesnt hurt that he enlisted the assistance of New York emcee Sean Slaughter on the songs Be With You and Bow Down. With his usual brash rhyme style Slaughter offers two excellent verses contributing much needed lyricism and wit to this project. Ring That is the only truly disappointing song found on the album. The bland chorus urges cell phone users Jesus is my Savior ring that on ya cell phone! Encouragement to be bold about your faith is always greatly appreciated; songs made after 2008 making mention of ringtones, however, is not.
With all this said, the most impressive thing about this album is surprisingly not the music. In "On Fire" Rawsrvnt says "my passion goes deeper than rap / it goes deeper than the kick drum and the hi-hats." More than almost any artist I have heard over the last few months I can tell this is true of him. This authentic and transparent love is not only encouraging to see, but is also a great reminder that we are called to love God, not just facts about Him. With his fifth studio album Rawsrvnt does a great job of urging believers to fall more in love with the Creator of the universe. He does this without making use of elaborate rhyme schemes or complex metaphors, and maybe thats why the message comes through so loud and clear.
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Release Date: 3/16/10
1. No Ordinary Love (feat. Lisa McClendon)
2. Jesus Jam
3. Bow Down (feat. Sean Slaughter)
4. On Fire
5. Here I Am to Worship (feat. Audrey Assad)
6. Its True
7. Speak (feat. Bobby Tinsley)
8. The Almighty
9. Holiness (feat. Audrey Assad)
10. Flossin Him
11. Be With You (feat. Sean Slaughter)
12. Ring That
13. No Ordinary Love (feat. Lisa McClendon) [Electrocoustic Mix]