5 Stars Out Of 5
A Must for those who like Christ-honoring hip hop
September 13, 2013
This is a early effort from Shai Linne, who is probably the most God-honoring hip hop artist out there; he doesn't get a lot of publicity or notice like many of his peers, but his passion, message, and delivery are all top notch and point listeners to Christ. This effort is called Storiez because it is a lyrical narrative about His Story played out in different songs. Every song weaves a picture of Christ, but they all stand alone as well. The CD opens with Testify, a song about the testimony of three different individuals that come to salvation by the grace of God. Another good song, Simple Love Story, talks about a relationship between a couple that is shown true love in the form of a triangle, Christ being the third point. Passover tells the story of that event from the perspective of a Jewish father explaining it to his daughter, telling of God's redemption as well as His wrath. Work it out is a wonderful tune that exhorts woman to walk Biblically, using three examples of women in different stages in their life walking their salvation out (beware feminist, you will not like this song). As the Hour Draws Near illustrates the soon death of three different men, a Christian (perhaps, we don't know) who is unsure about his salvation, a Christian sure of his salvation and rejoicing in going home, and a defiant unbeliever that rejects God right to the end. This song goes right into Letter from the Grave, where we see that third man now burning in hell wishing he could warn his family not to "come to this place." Martyrs is just what it sounds like, a song about the witness of believers who are persecuted for their faith, even unto death. Spurgeon is an autobiographical tribute to the prince of preachers. I never tire of listening to any of these songs and it draws me closer to God and studying His word. I highly recommend this CD to anyone who hasn't listened to any of Shai's music; he is glorifying God with his hip hop and has songs that isn't light or trite, but Biblically thought provoking.