Georgia (U.S. state)
Georgia is a state in the Southeastern United States. It began as a British colony in 1733, the last and southernmost of the original Thirteen Colonies to be established. Named after King George II of Great Britain, the Province of Georgia covered the area from South Carolina south to Spanish Florida and west to French Louisiana at the Mississippi River. Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution, on January 2, 1788. In 1802–1804, western Georgia was split to the Mississippi Territory, which split to form Alabama with part of former West Florida in 1819. Georgia declared its secession from the Union on January 19, 1861, was one of the original seven Confederate states, it was the last state to be restored to the Union, on July 15, 1870. Georgia is the 8th most populous of the 50 United States. From 2007 to 2008, 14 of Georgia's counties ranked among the nation's 100 fastest-growing, second only to Texas. Georgia is known as the Empire State of the South. Atlanta, the state's capital and most populous city, has been named a global city.
Atlanta's metropolitan area contains about 55% of the population of the entire state. Georgia is bordered to the north by Tennessee and North Carolina, to the northeast by South Carolina, to the southeast by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by Florida, to the west by Alabama; the state's northernmost part is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains system. The Piedmont extends through the central part of the state from the foothills of the Blue Ridge to the Fall Line, where the rivers cascade down in elevation to the coastal plain of the state's southern part. Georgia's highest point is Brasstown Bald at 4,784 feet above sea level. Of the states east of the Mississippi River, Georgia is the largest in land area. Before settlement by Europeans, Georgia was inhabited by the mound building cultures; the British colony of Georgia was founded by James Oglethorpe on February 12, 1733. The colony was administered by the Trustees for the Establishment of the Colony of Georgia in America under a charter issued by King George II.
The Trustees implemented an elaborate plan for the colony's settlement, known as the Oglethorpe Plan, which envisioned an agrarian society of yeoman farmers and prohibited slavery. The colony was invaded by the Spanish during the War of Jenkins' Ear. In 1752, after the government failed to renew subsidies that had helped support the colony, the Trustees turned over control to the crown. Georgia became a crown colony, with a governor appointed by the king; the Province of Georgia was one of the Thirteen Colonies that revolted against British rule in the American Revolution by signing the 1776 Declaration of Independence. The State of Georgia's first constitution was ratified in February 1777. Georgia was the 10th state to ratify the Articles of Confederation on July 24, 1778, was the 4th state to ratify the United States Constitution on January 2, 1788. In 1829, gold was discovered in the North Georgia mountains leading to the Georgia Gold Rush and establishment of a federal mint in Dahlonega, which continued in operation until 1861.
The resulting influx of white settlers put pressure on the government to take land from the Cherokee Nation. In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, sending many eastern Native American nations to reservations in present-day Oklahoma, including all of Georgia's tribes. Despite the Supreme Court's ruling in Worcester v. Georgia that U. S. states were not permitted to redraw Indian boundaries, President Jackson and the state of Georgia ignored the ruling. In 1838, his successor, Martin Van Buren, dispatched federal troops to gather the tribes and deport them west of the Mississippi; this forced relocation, known as the Trail of Tears, led to the death of over 4,000 Cherokees. In early 1861, Georgia became a major theater of the Civil War. Major battles took place at Chickamauga, Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta. In December 1864, a large swath of the state from Atlanta to Savannah was destroyed during General William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea. 18,253 Georgian soldiers died in service one of every five who served.
In 1870, following the Reconstruction Era, Georgia became the last Confederate state to be restored to the Union. With white Democrats having regained power in the state legislature, they passed a poll tax in 1877, which disenfranchised many poor blacks and whites, preventing them from registering. In 1908, the state established a white primary, they constituted 46.7% of the state's population in 1900, but the proportion of Georgia's population, African American dropped thereafter to 28% due to tens of thousands leaving the state during the Great Migration. According to the Equal Justice Institute's 2015 report on lynching in the United States, Georgia had 531 deaths, the second-highest total of these extralegal executions of any state in the South; the overwhelming number of victims were male. Political disfranchisement persisted through the mid-1960s, until after Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. An Atlanta-born Baptist minister, part of the educated middle class that had developed in Atlanta's African-American community, Martin Luther King, Jr. emerged as a national leader in the civil rights movement.
King joining with others to form the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta in 1957 to provide political leadership for the Civil Rights Movement across the South. By the 1960s, the proportion of
Christian hip hop
Christian hip hop is a subgenre of hip hop music characterized by a Christian worldview, with the general purposes of evangelization, edifying some members of the church and/or entertaining. Christian hip hop music emerged from urban communities in the United States in the 1980s, when it existed exclusively in small underground scenes, with minimal formal industry promotion and little mainstream attention, it emphasizes the use of positive and uplifting messages to promote belief. Christian hip hop music, blending rhythmic music and faith-based lyrics, first emerged on record in 1982 with a track entitled "Jesus Christ" by Queens, New York artist McSweet; the first full-length, Christian hip hop album, Bible Break, by Oklahoma artist Stephen Wiley, was released in 1985 with the title track becoming a hit on Christian radio in 1986. Other early Christian hip recording artists from the mid-1980s included P. I. D. who recorded to funky rock rhythms, as well as JC & the Boys and Michael Peace. The most prominent Christian rappers have been tobyMac, the first rapper to have success in the mainstream Christian music scene, Lecrae, who has emerged on the mainstream rap scene.
Christian rap has exclusively come out of Protestant traditions in the United States, although there is a small Catholic rap scene that has emerged, there are small Christian rap scenes in the UK, Brazil and many other countries where Christians reside and where hip hop music is popular. The first commercially released and distributed Gospel hip hop record was by Queens, New York MC Pete Harrison, under the recording name'McSweet', The Gospel Beat: Jesus-Christ and arranged by Harrison and produced by Mac Sulliver on Lection Records of PolyGram; the first notable full album released was Stephen Wiley's Bible Break, written by Wiley and produced by Mike Barnes on Brentwood Records. In the same year by David Guzman founded The Boyz; some of America's premiere Christian rappers, such as: Michael Peace, SFC, Dynamic Twins, MC Peace, T-Bone came out of this crew. A more commercially successful crew known as P. I. D. Released five recordings. Michael Peace is an American one of Christian rap's first solo artists.
In the late 1980s, other crews emerged, including dc Talk, E. T. W. and S. F. C.. ETW was led by producer/artist Mike Hill who went on to pastor one of the largest inner city youth groups in the country out of Tulsa Oklahoma. S. F. C. was led by Chris Cooper who rapped as Super C and became Sup the Chemist and finally Soup the Chemist. Christian emcee Danny "D-Boy" Rodriguez was another well-known early Gospel rap artist, but was murdered in 1990 in Texas. Prior to his death, he helped launch the career of his sister, Genie Rodriguez-Lopez, known as MC GeGee - one of the first female Christian rap artists, by collaborating on her first album I'm for Real, she would go on to release a second album in 1991, titled And Now the Mission Continues. The 1990s saw the continuing trend of funky rap artists blending faith and rap, such as D. O. C. who emerged from Oklahoma as well as the Gospel Gangstaz from Compton and South Central Los Angeles. In 1991, JC Crew emerged featuring T-Bone. Other Christian rap artists include Dynamic Twins, Freedom of Soul, IDOL King, Apocalypse, 12th Tribe, Holy Alliance.
12th Tribe and Holy Alliance were produced by Scott Blackwell of MYX Records. S. F. C.'s 1992 album Phase III was DJed and produced by DJ Dove, whose credits include the Gang Affiliated, Gospel Gangstas' 1993 debut album. Around the same time as Phase III, Dynamic Twins came out with their 1993 album No Room To Breathe. Freedom of Soul followed with their second album, The Second Coming their last album as a group. Gotee Records formed in 1994, co-founded by dc Talk member Toby McKeehan, better known as TobyMac, making it the first record label marketed explicitly for Christian hip hop and R&B, backed by a major label; the label was among the first to market the Contemporary Christian music market through distribution at Christian bookstores and playing on Christian radio. This trend continued with other labels such as Tooth & Nail's Uprok Records and others that gave an outlet to hip hop artists who identified themselves as Christian and wanted a broader market. A number of artists and labels such as Reach Records and Peace Records, Godchaserz Ent.
Lampmode Recordings, Collision Records, End of Earth Records, Rezurrected Muzic, Cross Movement Records, Grapetree Records, Syntax Records, Deepspace5 Records, Universal Funk Records, Illect Recordings and The New Unstoppable Records have purposely marketed to people outside of churchesIn addition, many major Gospel stars were getting in on the hip hop & rap genre. Kirk Franklin joined with the 1 Nation Crew in the album Kirk Franklin Presents 1NC. In September 2009, the Higherground Record Pool and One Accord DJ Alliance held their first Gospel DJ Conference at the Crowne Plaza, Queens, NY; the first known Gospel DJs were honored at the event. Kingdom Affiliates Record Pool was represented at the conference. Most Christian rap artists like Lecrae and his label-mates from Reach Records have been setting records with sales and award-winning albums. Although described to be Christian rappers, artists such as Lecrae, Andy Mineo, KB, Trip Lee
Grits, is a Christian hip hop group from Nashville, Tennessee. Their name is an acronym, which stands for "Grammatical Revolution In the Spirit." GRITS is made up of Stacey "Coffee" Jones and Teron "Bonafide" Carter, both of whom were DC Talk dancers. Their song "Ooh Ahh" has appeared on the MTV show My Super Sweet 16, it is used as the theme song of The Buried Life and on the soundtracks to The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Big Momma's House 2. Their song "Tennessee Bwoys" was used on the popular television show Pimp My Ride. GRITS were recently involved in! Hero The Rock Opera. GRITS recorded a remix of professional wrestler A. J. Styles' entrance music and performed it on the May 28, 2009, episode of TNA Impact!. The Christian hip hop duo began in 1995, with Teron David "Bonafide" Carter, Stacy Bernhard "Coffee" Jones, forming the group together in Nashville, Tennessee. GRITS is an acronym with a meaning of "Grammatical Revolution in the Spirit", they both credited the inspiration for their rapping to hearing DC Talk, when the two first encountered each other in 1990.
This is the reason the duo signed with Gotee Records, a label founded by DC Talk member, tobyMac, where they were one of his first signees. They are considered to be one of the pioneering groups in the Christian hip hop movement, while they started their own record label, Revolution Art, in 2007, where it was first known as 5E Entertainment, they explained it was like graduating from school by leaving Gotee Records, founding their own label. Their style is alternative hip hop and Southern rap, while several of their songs have pop influences, thus an occasional pop-rap sound, their song "We Don't Play" has a Jamaican influence complete with steel drums, they were one of the first acts signed to Gotee Records, have released seven albums with Gotee, with an eighth one released by Gotee and AudioGoat. In 2014, Gotee Records announced that the GRITS song "Ooh Ahh" was RIAA Digital Gold Certified, having surpassed 500,000 downloads, they have appeared at Rock the Universe. In addition their song "Bobbin Bouncin'" was added to the track list in the video-game Project Gotham Racing 4.
With or Without You - In The Name Of Love: Artists United For Africa Wedding Celebration -! Hero The Art of Translation They All Fall Down They Al Fall Down Ima Showem Instrumentals 1 Instrumentals 2 Instrumentals 3 They All Fall Down Factors of the Seven Manchild - "We Don't Play" Jennifer Knapp- "Believe" TobyMac- "Ooh Ahh". S. Open", their first award was for a song about plagiarism. For this, they received the best "Rap/Hip Hop Song" award; the next year they took the same award for "They All Fall Down", from Grammatical Revolution. In 2003 The Art Of Translation won the award for "Rap/Hip Hop Album", the following year their song "Believe" from the same album took "Rap/Hip Hop Song", they shared in the "Special Event Album" that year, for their contribution to! Hero The Rock Opera, they were nominated for Rap/Hip Hop Performer of the Year at the 2009 Visionary Awards Show. However, the award went to the Christian rap duo "Word of Mouth" Grits Exclusive Interview November 2006 GRITS on MySpace GRITS on Facebook GRITS on Twitter GRITS on Instagram
Atlanta is the capital of, the most populous city in, the U. S. state of Georgia. With an estimated 2017 population of 486,290, it is the 38th most-populous city in the United States; the city serves as the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5.8 million people and the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the nation. Atlanta is the seat of the most populous county in Georgia. A small portion of the city extends eastward into neighboring DeKalb County. Atlanta was founded as the terminating stop of a major state-sponsored railroad. With rapid expansion, however, it soon became the convergence point between multiple railroads, spurring its rapid growth; the city's name derives from that of the Western and Atlantic Railroad's local depot, signifying the town's growing reputation as a transportation hub. During the American Civil War, the city was entirely burned to the ground in General William T. Sherman's famous March to the Sea. However, the city rose from its ashes and became a national center of commerce and the unofficial capital of the "New South".
During the 1950s and 1960s, Atlanta became a major organizing center of the civil rights movement, with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ralph David Abernathy, many other locals playing major roles in the movement's leadership. During the modern era, Atlanta has attained international prominence as a major air transportation hub, with Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport being the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic since 1998. Atlanta is rated as a "beta" world city that exerts a moderate impact on global commerce, research, education, media and entertainment, it ranks in the top twenty among world cities and 10th in the nation with a gross domestic product of $385 billion. Atlanta's economy is considered diverse, with dominant sectors that include transportation, logistics and business services, media operations, medical services, information technology. Atlanta has topographic features that include rolling hills and dense tree coverage, earning it the nickname of "the city in a forest."
Revitalization of Atlanta's neighborhoods spurred by the 1996 Summer Olympics, has intensified in the 21st century, altering the city's demographics, politics and culture. Prior to the arrival of European settlers in north Georgia, Creek Indians inhabited the area. Standing Peachtree, a Creek village where Peachtree Creek flows into the Chattahoochee River, was the closest Indian settlement to what is now Atlanta; as part of the systematic removal of Native Americans from northern Georgia from 1802 to 1825, the Creek were forced to leave the area in 1821, white settlers arrived the following year. In 1836, the Georgia General Assembly voted to build the Western and Atlantic Railroad in order to provide a link between the port of Savannah and the Midwest; the initial route was to run southward from Chattanooga to a terminus east of the Chattahoochee River, which would be linked to Savannah. After engineers surveyed various possible locations for the terminus, the "zero milepost" was driven into the ground in what is now Five Points.
A year the area around the milepost had developed into a settlement, first known as "Terminus", as "Thrasherville" after a local merchant who built homes and a general store in the area. By 1842, the town had six buildings and 30 residents and was renamed "Marthasville" to honor the Governor's daughter. J. Edgar Thomson, Chief Engineer of the Georgia Railroad, suggested the town be renamed Atlanta; the residents approved, the town was incorporated as Atlanta on December 29, 1847. By 1860, Atlanta's population had grown to 9,554. During the American Civil War, the nexus of multiple railroads in Atlanta made the city a hub for the distribution of military supplies. In 1864, the Union Army moved southward following the capture of Chattanooga and began its invasion of north Georgia; the region surrounding Atlanta was the location of several major army battles, culminating with the Battle of Atlanta and a four-month-long siege of the city by the Union Army under the command of General William Tecumseh Sherman.
On September 1, 1864, Confederate General John Bell Hood made the decision to retreat from Atlanta, he ordered the destruction of all public buildings and possible assets that could be of use to the Union Army. On the next day, Mayor James Calhoun surrendered Atlanta to the Union Army, on September 7, Sherman ordered the city's civilian population to evacuate. On November 11, 1864, Sherman prepared for the Union Army's March to the Sea by ordering the destruction of Atlanta's remaining military assets. After the Civil War ended in 1865, Atlanta was rebuilt. Due to the city's superior rail transportation network, the state capital was moved from Milledgeville to Atlanta in 1868. In the 1880 Census, Atlanta surpassed Savannah as Georgia's largest city. Beginning in the 1880s, Henry W. Grady, the editor of the Atlanta Constitution newspaper, promoted Atlanta to potential investors as a city of the "New South" that would be based upon a modern economy and less reliant on agriculture. By 1885, the founding of the Georgia School of Technology and the Atlanta University Center had established Atlanta as a center for higher education.
In 1895, Atlanta hosted the Cotton States and International Exposition, which attracted nearly 800,000 attendees and promoted the New South's development to the world. During the first decades of the 20th century, Atlanta experienced a period of unprecedented growth. In three decades' time, Atlanta's population tripled as the city limits expanded to include nearby streetcar suburbs; the city's skyline emerged with the construction of the
Back to Dust
Back to Dust is a studio album by Albany, New York-based rapper Sev Statik and Atlanta-based producer DJ Dust released on October 9, 2007, through Rawkus Records. It was the fourth studio release by the second studio release for DJ Dust. Back to Dust features numerous guest appearances, including Manchild and Playdough of Deepspace5, Theory Hazit, Supastition, LMNO of The Visionaries, Raphi and Triune of Tunnel Rats; the album was selected by Rawkus for inclusion in its "Rawkus 50" promotional campaign, was released as a digital download. A physical version of the album was released on July 7, 2008, through Braille's Hip Hop IS Music label. Back to Dust met with critical acclaim. In 2010, Theory Hazit released a remixed version of the album. Sev Statik was active as a rapper in the Albany area since the early 1990s. After released two EPs in 1996, in 1997 he co-founded the supergroup Deepspace5 and joined the West Coast hip hop collective Tunnel Rats. In 2002, Sev Statik released Speak Life. Two more studio recordings followed: Slow Burn in 2005 and Sliver LP in 2007.
DJ Dust was active as a DJ for the group Indianapolis group deadpoetsociety during the mid 1990s. In 1998, while at a conference, he met Manchild, a member of The Pride and a co-founder of Deepspace5; the two founded the project Mars Ill, DJ Dust joined the Deepspace5 collective. DJ Dust released a solo album, No Fame, in 2006. Back to Dust was first released on October 2007, through Rawkus Records; the album was selected by the label as part of its Rawkus 50 campaign, a program in which fifty hip hop artists were selected from submissions to the label. Following the October 9 release date, the album was uploaded to iTunes on October 16. Sev Statik and DJ Dust partnered with the rapper Braille's Hip Hop IS Music to released a digipak version of the album; this version came out the following year on July 7. The album was described falling within underground forms of Christian hip hop. Christianity Today found the style similar to that of Mars Ill, Deepspace5, Tunnel Rats, LPG; the production uses a diverse assortment of musical elements, including jazz-style piano, frenetic drum kits, soulful vocals, harpsichord licks, spoken word and a cappella passages.
DJ Dust made extensive examples of mid- to late-1990s rock and blues, as well as excerpts of preaching. While some tracks featured complex layers of soundscapes, others are minimalistic and simple in their construction; the title of the recording, Back to Dust, is a reference to Genesis 3:19, where God reminds Adam that he will return to dust upon his death. Working from this theme, Sev Statik approaches a diversity of interconnected topics, such as mass media brainwashing and family problems, but highlights life and creation throughout. Back to Dust was critically acclaimed upon its released. Christianity Today awarded the album four-and-a-half stars out of five, calling it "Alternative rap at its finest." The reviewer, Andree Farias, said that he was hard pressed to single out any favorites, as "Cut after cut, bar after bar, the tandem offers some of the most redemptive hip-hop the Christian scene has seen in recent memory." He did caveat that the appeal of the album might not be immediate, as it needs to be taken in and savored slowly.
Jerry Bolton of The Phantom Tollbooth gave the album a perfect score of five stars, exclaiming that "Back To Dust, quite is so good that I couldn't believe my ears. It took a month of regular rotation to quiet my cynicism and agree with my initial feeling: this is the best collection of beats & rhymes this year." On May 29, 2010, Sev Statik released a version of the album remixed by Theory Hazit. Sev Statik's fellow Tunnel Rats member Dert was scheduled to release the album
Daniel Dumile, best known by his stage name MF Doom, is an English-born, US-based rapper and record producer from Long Island, New York. Best known for his "super villain" stage persona and unique lyrics, Dumile has taken on several stage names in his career, he has appeared in several collaborative projects such as Madvillain, Danger Doom, Doomstarks, JJ Doom, NehruvianDoom, Czarface Meets Metal Face. Dumile was born in London, the son of a Trinidadian mother and a Zimbabwean father, his family moved to New York when he was a child. As Zev Love X he formed the group KMD in 1988 with his younger brother DJ Subroc and another MC called Rodan; when Rodan left the group, Zev found Onyx the Birthstone Kid, to replace Rodan. A&R rep Dante Ross learned of KMD through the hip hop group 3rd Bass, signed the group to Elektra Records. Dumile and KMD's recording debut came on 3rd Bass's song "The Gas Face" from The Cactus Album, followed in 1991 with KMD's album Mr. Hood, which became a minor hit through its singles "Peachfuzz", "Who Me?" and heavy video play on cable TV's Yo!
MTV Raps and Rap City. In 1993, just before the release of the second KMD album, Black Bastards, Subroc was struck by a car and killed while attempting to cross the Nassau Expressway; the group was subsequently dropped from Elektra Records that same week. Before the release, the album was shelved due to its controversial cover art, which featured a cartoon of a stereotypical pickaninny or sambo character being hanged from the gallows. After the death of his brother, Dumile retreated from the hip hop scene from 1994 to 1997, living "damn near homeless, walking the streets of Manhattan, sleeping on benches". In the late 1990s, he settled in Atlanta. According to interviews with Dumile, he was "recovering from his wounds" and swearing revenge "against the industry that so badly deformed him". Black Bastards had become bootlegged at the time, leading to Doom's rise in the underground hip hop scene. In 1997, Dumile began freestyling incognito at open-mic events at the Nuyorican Poets Café in Manhattan, obscuring his face by putting a woman's stocking over his head.
He meanwhile had taken on a new identity, MF Doom, patterned after and wearing a mask similar to that of Marvel Comics super-villain Doctor Doom, depicted rapping on the cover of the 1999 album Operation: Doomsday. The album, in an earlier incarnation, would have been called The Super M. F. Villains according to an interview published in 1998 by hip-hop music culture magazine Ego Trip. Versions of the mask would be based on a prop mask obtained from the film Gladiator, he wore this mask while performing and isn't photographed without it, except for short glimpses in videos such as Viktor Vaughn's "Mr. Clean", "?", in earlier photos with KMD. Dumile released three singles on "Bobbito" García's Fondle'Em Records, "Dead Bent", "Greenbacks", "The M. I. C.". In 1999 Fondle'Em released MF Doom's first full-length LP, Operation: Doomsday, which included these singles and their b-sides, additional tracks. Dumile had used the spelling variant "M. F. Doom" for the singles’ releases, but thereafter changed this to MF Doom.
Among the collaborators on these tracks were fellow members of the Monsta Island Czars collective, for which each artist took on the persona of a monster from the Godzilla mythos. Dumile went by the alias King Geedorah, a three-headed golden dragon space monster, modeled after King Ghidorah, the Toho movie monster, a three-headed dragon that battled Godzilla; some of his appearances on the LP are as, are credited to, this persona instead of that of MF Doom. Dumile would revisit this character under various name-spellings. In 2001, he began working with Prince Paul, co-producing MC Paul Barman's "Paullelujah!" with MikeTheMusicGuy and Phofo. In 2002, he appeared on the Sound-Ink's Colapsus collection, on a hard to find track titled "Monday Nite at Fluid", featuring Kurious with production by King Honey, who produced some tracks for Dumile's album Vaudeville Villain. Dumile has produced all the instrumentation tracks for his solo releases, with few exceptions. Beginning in 2001, under the "Metal Fingers" moniker, Dumile began releasing his Special Herbs instrumentals series.
Many of these beats can be heard. A separate website catalogs for which tracks each instrumental has been used. In 2003, Dumile released the King Geedorah album Take Me to Your Leader. Geedorah only appears as an MC on four tracks; the majority of vocal tracks feature guest MCs, the album features several instrumental montages of sampled vocals from old movies and TV shows—a technique employed on most of Dumile's albums. In 2003, Dumile released the LP Vaudeville Villain under the moniker Viktor Vaughn. In 2004 he released a follow-up LP under Venomous Villain. In 2004, the second MF Doom album MM.. Food was released by Minnesota-based label Rhymesayers Entertainment. Doom's first commercial breakthrough came in 2004, with the album Madvillainy, created with producer Madlib under the group name Madvillain. Released by Stones Throw Records, the album was a commercial success. MF Doom was seen by mainstream audiences for the first time as Madvillain received publicity and acclaim in publications such as Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and
The Night We Called It a Day (album)
The Night We Called It a Day is the debut studio album by underground hip hop supergroup Deepspace5, released on January 8, 2002, through Uprok Records. The Night We Called It a Day was recorded in one week in Dallas, Texas, in the apartment of group member Playdough, it was produced by Beat Rabbi, DJ Dust, Freddie Bruno, Playdough, with Playdough producing under a different moniker, Harry Krum. During the recording sessions, the group met future member Sivion; the album features an anti-commercial style. Jayson Young of RapReviews.com called the album "strictly ground-roots, MC/DJ, hard-core hip-hop". Young found Listener's vocal style similar to Son Doobie, noted that "Stick This In Your Ear" includes a flute sample. Jon Corbin, writing for cMusicWeb.com, noted that on "World Go Round", Beat Rabbi brings a progressive jazz feel through the use of drum patterns and bass lines. Jesus Freak Hideout's Chanile Campbell described the album as east coast "smooth and a little jazzy". RapReviews.com and Sam Gunnell of Cross Rhythms described the album as chill and laid back, with Gunnell commenting that "If there is such a thing as easy listening hip hop this is it!"Thomas Quinlan of Exclaim!
Described the lyrical content of the album as "high concept songs", but with some testimonials and praises to God. Sam Gunnell of Cross Rhythms and Jason Birchmeier of Allmusic both noted that the album's lyrics are intellectual and humorous. Several reviewers noted the unusual verse by Listener on "Stick This In Your Ear", where he reads off a paragraph as written – including punctuation. Jason Young wrote that Listener "literally says every period and semi-colon found in his verse." Highlighted by reviewers was the skit "Close Caption", where Listener translates a sign language rap by "MC Fong". Critics responded quite favorably to the album. AllMusic rated the album three out of five stars, found the album's seven-minute-plus long title track to be the standout track. Jon Corbin of cMusicWeb.com wrote "Locked in Playdough's apartment, these boys got their creative juices flowing and whipped up something sweet, an album that reclaims hip-hop for the emcee." Corbin considered all of the songs well-crafted and developed, with the exceptions of "Murder Creek" and "Take the Rhythm", tracks which Corbin said will have the listener hitting the skip button.
These tracks aside, he summarized: The production is strong considering that the album was created in a week. In all in all, this is a good disc, filled with a wide range of topics to get your brain working and your head nodding. Sam Gunnell of Cross Rhythms rated the album eight out of ten squares and stated that when he first heard Deepspace5, he dismissed the group as "just another depressing Christian rap group", but that this release proved him wrong. Exclaim!'s Thomas Quinlan opined that "Deepspace 5 demonstrate skills on their debut album that should get them respect, regardless of the message" and concluded that the group "is another example that Christian hip-hop is taking great strides forward." Jesus Freak Hideout gave the album four stars, calling Deepspace5 "the hip hop, missed in the Christian music industry until now". RapReviews.com scored the album nine out of ten, expressing that while the album displays some flaws typical of underground hip hop, namely that it avoids "party-starters", instead preferring to stay "laid back and mellow", that sometimes the songs start to all sound the same, but concluded that "Look past those tiny flaws and you'll find a fantastic rap album with enough depth to keep you coming back again and again.
Hard beats and hard rhymes in a tight overall package is just the beginning here." Rapzilla gave the album a four out of five and stated: Deepspace5 represents some of the best talent hip hop has to offer which makes it shameful that The Night... was released under the rug. The push on this project was minimal and as the rumors of a sophomore release tickle my ears, I only hope that things change