Jackie hill Perry’s “Crescendo” is one of the best albums I have heard in #Chh, Christian Hip-Hop and Hip-Hop PERIOD!
Hot Tracks: Lamentations, Hush, No Ways Tired, Fall Away, Mustard Seed, Woman, Hymn, Restless & Maranatha. (The Whole Album!)
I don’t deem albums instant classic much but after a week of listening to this album every day and sometimes 2 or 3 times a day this album is anointed, a heat seeker and a blessing to the ears! I’m not the only one who thinks that either. Social Media is crazy in love with “Crescendo.”
From the first track, “Lamentations (feat. Latina Alattas) you knew you were in for a special journey. What a way to start an album. She engages your interest with a simple statement. “I hope you hear it!” Trust me, I heard it!
Hot Lyrics from Lamentations:
Do I drop out, or study harder?/The blood of martyrs is “rocking” me Like I’m Sean Carter, but I’m blue/What color is the struggle, is it the sky?
Coveting helicopters, the only options to fly/But instead I’m stuck in this room, ducking the noon/God asked when I’ma come, and trust Him to move
Video – Lamentations (feat. Latina Alattas):
Jackie Hill Perry’s flow is refreshing! In a time of mumble rapping and singing simple lullabies it’s nice to hear a full flow that covers every bar with some words that will have you thinking. It’s convicting, it’s storytelling, it’s spiritual and it’s honest. What most people may not notice and I may be wrong but on each track, it seems like she finished every track on that day. Her tone doesn’t change on each track and the way she rides a track is hot!
I can notice on some artist albums, may due to their busy schedule or lack of funds that each verse has a different tone to it. It feels like they recorded the verse on separate days or something. But on “Crescendo” Jackie’s flow tone pretty much stays the same tone the course of the song. It’s little things like that make an album great.
The production is flawless. you have to nod your head to Humble Beast for that. I love Eshon Burgaundy’s “The Fear of God” album Humble Beast was behind and this album is on the same scale. From beginning to the end it seems like the song choices just fall inline. That’s hard to do.
Some albums get you on a high plateau and then just drops you off a cliffhanger. This album never just drops you from mid-air. It gets you in a zone and leaves you there.
That’s a major deal for me. I remember coming up, (I’m about to show my age, lol) my brother and I use to make mix tapes and have a friendly competition between us of who mixtape was better. One of our major requirements was our track order. From start to finish you had to bring it.
We get that from our dad who use to DJ back in our time. Our dad’s mixtapes(W.O.L.S.), “Will’s Outer-limits of Soul” would have you singing from track 1 on the A-side to the last track on the B-side, lol. From Texas to Virginia and back our dad didn’t have one song out of place. That’s how Crescendo is!
Back to the Jackie Hill Album Review:
Fall Away (feat. Natalie Lauren)
Hot Lyrics From Fall Away:
How come you hollowed His name?/You switched in places with the God, who was Cain?
I needed this song. It was a blessing to me spiritually! I’ve been in a battle and I’ve been losing! God has called me to do one thing and I’ve been trying to do my thing! Fall Away was like WHOA!
I really can’t find the words to express “Fall Away.” I just know Jackie made me realize I had “to get back to my first LOVE!” I had to evaluate the evil in my own heart and realize how much I needed the Lord still. Without Him I’m NOTHING! Without Him none of us are NOTHING!
We are never to far away from God. As long as we have breath we can make it back to Him. You may be one scripture away from redemption. It may be a sermon or even a song. But like Jackie said “this ain’t For the swift, yet it’s tailored for the abandoned.”
“I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so people are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.” Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 NIV
( 1 Corinthians 16:22 ) consists of two Aramean words, Maran’athah, meaning, “our Lord comes,” or is “coming.” If the latter interpretation is adopted, the meaning of the phrase is, “Our Lord is coming, and he will judge those who have set him at nought.” (Compare Phil 4:5 ; James 5:8James 5:9 .)
The definition is enough said about Maranatha! Jackie did an excellent job of making everyone know the Lord is coming back to JUDGE this next time! That song could be the anthem for our company, all believers as well as a warning to anyone who hasn’t accepted Jesus as their personal Savior and repented for their sins.
I have a confession as I conclude this review. As big as Jackie Hill Perry is in hip-hop I had never listened to a full album of hers. Not because I didn’t know of her or Antonio like that. I just never listened to her. After listening to this album though….. I’m not just gonna go back and listen to the rest of her music. I’m going to listen to her from now on! I went from not listening to her to being a fan! To reply to Jackie’s statement on the intro track, “Lamentations.” “I HEARD YOU!”
I could ramble on and on about this album but at the end of the day it’s one of my favorite albums ever! It has great replay value. It’s spiritual, convicting, humbling, painful, refreshing and it’s definitely Bookkeeper APPROVED!
CONGRATS Jackie on the birth of your child, “Autumn Joy Perry!” May God bless you, your family and your ministry!
After going through false labor Monday, baby girl decided to come a day after her due date instead. Today, we welcomed Autumn Joy Perry into the world. ❤ pic.twitter.com/c52YFbimTj
KB is more/less my favorite rapper. And I have always felt that he has the best flow, in terms of rhythmic fluidity. Jackie Hill Perry challenged my conviction in The Art of Joy but now with Crescendo, it is settled in my heart: Jackie Hill Perry has the best flow in all of CHH!
It’s a complete album. The way it goes from rap to classic gospel hymns in her interludes is just spectacular! It gives the album a balance of real core hip-hop to a change up of spiritual gospel hymns you can feel in your soul. The piano rendition I have to agree with @Karine_Graham. It caught me off guard as well. As a matter of fact it blew me away!
Whoa. @JackieHillPerry‘s new album, “Crescendo,” is stunning. More evidence that the most intellectually-stimulating, theologically robust, sin-confronting, and poetically beautiful Christian music is coming from hip-hop artists. https://t.co/2035lV9paC
Jackie Hill-Perry (née Jackie Hill, born June 21, 1989) is an American poet, writer, and hip hop artist from St. Louis. Hill-Perry initially garnered popularity for her performances of spoken word pieces such as “My Life as a Stud”, “A Poem About Weed”, and “Jig-a-Boo” at the Passion 4 Christ Movement (P4CM). She has written for various Christian ministry organizations, such as The Resurgence and John Piper‘s Desiring God, on the topic of Christianity and homosexuality. She signed to the Portland, Oregon-based Christian hip hop label Humble Beast in January 2014, and released her debut album on November 4, 2014, available both commercially and for free. (Source)