Monday, September 26, 2011

Benjah: The Breakup Review

Did you know that before Group1Crew released their debut project on Word/Fervent Records, Benjah was one of the original members? Yeah, and besides writing several songs for the award-winning G1C debut, he has also appeared in songs from Lecrae and Tedashii, in addition to producing, writing, and mixing other critically-acclaimed works. Now the hip-hop artist returns with his sophomore solo project, The Breakup, an exciting 13-track project that reminds the listener to put off the deeds of the flesh and exchange them with the Spirit of God.

The music of The Breakup proves to be a perfect mix between hip-hop and fully upbeat pop. The two-minute intro opens up The Breakup, immediately plunging the listener into the overall message of this album which resounds throughout. The catchy pop track “Sinking Ship” is an instant highlight, while “Not Alone” is made perfect by dynamic guest vocals from the one and only Rachael Lampa! Not only were her vocals a perfect addition to this track, the lyrics about remembering that we are not alone no matter what destruction we may go through, was very encouraging.

“Jezebel” is extremely innovative, speaking of the things in life that we love that steal our heart and pull us from our relationship with God, and also the struggle to get rid of them. There are also plenty of fill-ins in this track, which are an added bonus. “Keep Fighting” has a strong message of persevering through all of life’s struggles, while “3rd World” encourages the listener to do something about the tragedies that occur in third world countries. It also reminds us that since we are part of the body of Christ, the people of those countries are our family, so we should lend a helping hand.

With a perfect mix of singing and rapping comes “Walkin Out,” a lyrically phenomenal track about pressing on even when we feel inadequate for that which God has called us to. “On Grace I Stand,” is string and piano packed, and is a bit more on the poignant side of things, while “My Angel” is a treat, featuring Group1Crew! Especially enjoyable is the bridge, sung by Blanca, based on Psalm 91.

“Read Me,” a softer track with exceptional vocals that features C-Lite and Ron Kenoly, Jr., speaks of really finding out the value of Jesus’ sacrifice, while “C.N.Y.L.G,” with overpowering drums, plain out rocks! The guitar work, plus the “oohs” throughout make for a completely enjoyable and fun track. “Orphan” is piano-based and slower, but progresses throughout, speaking both of the love of Christ, and the love of foster parents who rescue a child. And finally, it’s the title track that closes the story book, summarizing the message of The Breakup, speaking of throwing away the things in life that are not made for us and that interfere in our relationship with Jesus.

Benjah’s The Breakup is a great album for more than one reason. Firstly, the excellent message of being Christ-centered only and ripping away the things that interfere with our relationship with Him definitely is a standout. Secondly, since this is a hip-hop album, I was very pleased with the catchy pop music that made for an addictive project. Lastly, the guest appearances from Rachael Lampa, Group1Crew, and C-Lite were definitely enjoyable and added a lot to the project! Be sure to check this album out if you are a fan of Group1Crew especially, and also if you’re a fan of other forefront Christian hip-hop artists such as Lecrae, The Ambassador, or da T.R.U.T.H. You won’t want to miss this one!

Rating: 3.5/5
Release date: September 27, 2011

Track listing:
1. Intro
2. Sinking Ship
3. Not Alone (feat. Rachael Lampa)
4. Jezebel
5. Keep Ridin’
6. 3rd World
7. Walkin’ Out
8. On Grace I Stand
9. My Angel (feat. Group1Crew)
10. Read Me (feat. C-Lite and Ron Kenoly, Jr.)
11. C.N.L.Y.G.
12. Orphan
13. The Break Up


  1. I will be checking it out as soon as I can :) all awesome featured artists on this album too :)

  2. Awesomeeeeeeeeeeee Album!!


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