Artist: Da’ T.R.U.T.H.
Title: “The Whole Truth”
Grammy-nominated, Philadelphia-born Emanuel Lee “Da’ T.R.U.T.H.” Lambert might paint with a gospel rap brush, but his color palette has a distinctly secular feel on “The Whole Truth.”
In his fifth effort and first for Universal’s Christian label, Xist, Lambert bites from a number of recent trends in hip-hop – male rap/female sung collabos on “Survivor,” autotune on “God is Good” or “Impossible.”
It’s interesting because hip-hop and spirituality aren’t as far apart as one might think, and I’m not talking about Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks.”
Large parts of hip-hop are an effort for human beings to reconcile their sins with a higher power. Also, faith is a source of inspiration: Tupac once said, “When I write rhymes, I go blind and let the lord do his thang.”
So in that context, it isn’t Lambert’s spirituality that makes “Whole Truth” lack. Deprived of message, Lambert’s effort is a bit scattershot, trying such an array of tricks – boom bap, rock fusion, autotune – that his own voice feels frail.
The pun’s a little obvious, but this one is for the converted.
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