Music Review: Mag’44 – Me I Beat & Da’T.R.U.T.H – J.I.F.E by gEO

Mag’44 Review: Me I Beat

Rapper and Producer Mag'44

Rapper and Producer Mag’44

If you are acquainted with Mag’44 I can now be confident that you are confident in his confidence to confidently produce a confident song (I’m deliberately being language silly). I will not exaggerate and crown him as king of rap in this region of Africa, but hey, once again he’s come back with a banger sounding like he’s seated on some sort of throne. Mag’44  has liberated himself by proving he is still hip hop. I’m sure like me, most thought he’d be continuing with the style in Pwililika even on this new song.

Produced by Mag'44, Released 1st January

Produced by Mag’44, Released 1st January

The collaboration on ‘Me I beat’ was unexpected, the rap champion and super producer Mag’44 joined forces with Zambian boxing champion Esther Phiri who has earned enough belts to give her the right to rap the words “tula puma ta twa angala.” Her voice was well recorded and chopped up to fit the beat, something that could be done with any Jim and jack’s voice. She sounds in charge and did justice to the song in terms of energy – not something any Jim and Jack can do. The man of the moment Mr. 44 as usual gave his delivery a 100% with excellent flow just about all the way. In my opinion the line “excellent this is good work” was rather unnecessary and an unsuccessful replica of the line “very good Jelita here’s a sweet and a bub-gum” from ‘Mwana wa Mulungu” by C.A.

Zambia's Boxing champ Esther Phiri features on 'Me i beat'

Zambia’s Boxing champ Esther Phiri features on ‘Me i beat’

Mag’s concepts are unbeatable and he’s lyrical content in ‘Me I beat’ is a reminder once again to Christians pointing out who they are – vessels carrying a great God. The pre-chorus is a strong emphasis of Mag’s philosophy; a point of defense for his approach. I think sticklers of correct theology will not be fans of this song asking questions like, “what is the Biblical basis for saying that we beat?” In my case I see a disconnect between the hook and verse one and two. One has to wait till verse three to get the full picture of the song; I don’t take that as a good thing.

Coming to the production, Mag’44 achieved excellence without doubt. From drum samples selection, to the dirty synths and vocals chopped and screwed behind the synths plus a little bit of an African feel. The beat is real mainstream hip hop with good mixing. An unnoticeable flaw in the song is found in the third and fourth bars of each chorus where Esther’s chopped vocal clips twice; yes small details matter.. The four-bar-long dub step section could have been better if the right dub step samples were used, typical 808 samples with dub step programming doesn’t cut it. Otherwise the song is sonically top notch.

I guess Mag’44 has just won himself more fans; I saw tweets by a member of Zone Fam on Me I beat.’ The secular music world now has respect for him so now we should be asking the question “what is he up to?” “How about an album?” Overall, ‘Me I beat’ is worth 4 out of 5 stars.

Da’T.R.U.T.H : J.I.F.E

J.I.F.E is a single from Da'T.R.U.T.H's new album Love, Hope And War

J.I.F.E is a single from Da’T.R.U.T.H’s new album Love, Hope And War

He is an energetic performer known for deep theology in his music, rapping like a commander addressing a squad of soldiers. On a new page of living under God’s grace in his life and music career Da’T.R.U.T.H. is still bringing the heat now with a brand new project – Love, Hope And War.

Da’T.R.U.T.H. has described Love, Hope And War as his most mainstream sounding album yet. Out of it have been two singles, one titled ‘Hunger Games’ and the recent release ‘J.I.F.E– Jesus Is For Everybody.

The song will get a crowd putting their cell phones in the air. It’s produced by super-super producer JR who rarely disappoints. On it you will hear JR’s signature timbales programmed exactly the same way as on Jai’s ‘Incredible’ and Lecrae’s ‘Be like you’

Music single by Da'T.R.U.T.H

Rapper Da’T.R.U.T.H

Da’T.R.U.T.H.’s unique style of rap blends perfectly with the instrumentation but this time with a little twist. Now going mainstream, on J.I.F.E he sounds a little like Lil Wayne with a deliberate doze in his voice, thank God Autotune was not used lest most would point fingers screaming copycat. This song is a proper alternative to bubble gum popular rap music today.

The lyrical content is not rhyme centred or highly poetic but blunt and straight to the point. Right from the first line in verse one the listener can discern where Da’T.R.U.T.H. is going with his message. Much respect should be accorded to him for defending his music in  J.I.F.E without attacking critics; most artists would not execute such a song devoid of sounding rather harsh. One line that stands out for me is in verse two, “…They say Im preaching to the choir people dying in the streets/you’d be preaching to em too if you saw em lately.” With such thoughts in lyrics Da’T.R.U.T.H. has finally represented artists whose music is targeting the church. Listeners might get a little bored with the style and mood of the song but every word is worth the listen because a heavy controversy is addressed.

Set for Release January 29 2013

Set for Release January 29 2013

Both Mag’44 and Da’T.R.U.T.H. are up to something in terms of their strategy. Christians are currently attacking Christians artist for the type of music they are crafting. One camp shoots down artists that are sounding mainstream while another camp shoots down artists who are preaching to the choir. I will address this issue in the coming blogs and present feedback from the artists themselves. But for now what’s important to note is that Jesus Is For Everybody and the songs ‘Me I beat’ and ‘J.I.F.E’ should be played on repeat.

Free Download: Me I beat by Mag’44 ft. Esther Phiri

View music video: J.I.F.E Music Video by Da’T.R.U.T.H.

Order album and download J.I.F.E by Da’T.R.U.T.H:  Love, Hope And War Album

Similar artists: S.L.I.C.E, Rizen Rizon, Dj Traffik


~ by thenativez on January 4, 2013.

One Response to “Music Review: Mag’44 – Me I Beat & Da’T.R.U.T.H – J.I.F.E by gEO”

  1. God bless u all thx

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