1) When DC Talks 2) He Works 3) I Luv Rap Music 4) No More 5) Nu Thang 6) Things Of This World 7) Walls 8) Talk It Out 9) Take It To The Lord 10) Children Can Live Without It 11) Can I Get A Witness
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Record Label Capitol
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.18 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 1990
Publisher EMI- CMG DISTRIBUTION #36
ISBN 7901603488 ISBN13 0724382510222 UPC 724382510222
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More About dc Talk
Since releasing their album Jesus Freak, dc Talk has emerged as a leader in the pursuit of melding rock 'n' roll with provocative questions of faith. Although various rock predecessors have examined spiritual issues--U2, Van Morrison, and Bob Dylan immediately come to mind--dc Talk has taken the notion to new lengths, both in commercial terms and depth of artistic exploration. Numerous Dove Awards, three Grammy Awards, two platinum albums, one gold album, and two gold-certified long-form videos attest to the group's ability to bridge the gap between religious and secular audiences. "We are very open about our Christian faith," says Toby McKeehan, "but when we make our records we want to create a musical experience that anyone can immerse themselves in. One of our goals is to encourage listeners to question themselves and to seek out truth." Authoring the books in the JESUS FREAKS series is the newest venture in an ongoing growth process which began when the three members first met in the mid-1980s while attending college in Virginia. After relocating to Nashville, dc Talk released a series of increasingly ambitious-and successful-albums, beginning with their self-titled 1989 debut; followed by their gold-certified 1990 sophomore album Nu Thang; the platinum-certified 1992 opus Free at Last; 1995's Jesus Freak, a platinum-plus watershed which afforded the group more mainstream success than ever before; and 1998's Supernatural, which reflects the maturity and sophistication of their latest stage of development and growth. They have sold over seven million albums and have won four Grammys. With Jesus Freaks and Jesus Freaks Volume II: Stories of Revolutionaries Who Changed Their World Fearing God, Not Man, they launch into a new media form to challege readers to question their standards of faith and dedication. By giving these stories a platform from which to be heard, they hope to impact the world in a way they never have before. Whether forging strong bonds with concert audiences, expressing their faith in the recording studio, or confronting readers with no-compromise stories of commitment, dc Talk strives to treat their audiences as equals rather than receptors. McKeehan says,"We want to create art that encourages people to think about the things we think about-spiritual issues and truth." Max adds, "Just as we all share the idea of caring and conscience, we also share the hunger to find truth and meaning in life." With Jesus Freaks Volume II, dc Talk once again encourages each of us to set out on our journey to discover our response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Visit the Jesus Freaks Web site at jesusfreaks.net and the band Web site at dctalk.com
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Purchased for my 7 year old boy. Rap and Hip Hop, no profanity and possitive message. These are Christian artists so the message is one of love and acceptance delivered in a rap and hip hop format. My boy loves it and with pleasant hoooks and melodies mixed in I don't mind it either.
Better than the first, make sure you snag "Jesus Freak" as well. May 8, 2006
I really like this cd. Although dc talk has changed alot with free at last, this cd is not all that bad. I beg you to try it.
Guilty nostalgic pleasure Mar 27, 2006
Hearing this album now reminds me of the sound of 'The Fresh Prince' Will Smith back when he was still paired up with DJ Jazzy Jeff. It's very pop-friendly hip-hop employing the trappings probably more so than being a legit "rap" album. If you keep that in mind, then it's aging no worse than other pop-rap of the time. The group proclaimed their sound as "rap, rock, and soul": with Toby "M.C. Swirl" McKeehan supplying the rap, and Kevin "K-Max" Smith and Michael "Comfy" Tait the rock and soul textures. The rock is decidedly the lesser third of the equation, really only coming to the fore on "Walls" and "No More".
HIGHLIGHTS: For the most part, it's the 'singles' that got airplay on the very few stations programming Christian rock and rap at the time that fare best here. "He Works" is McKeehan's simple assertion that Christianity is a workable everyday philosophy. ("He's working on my walk/I said He Works/He's working on my talk") "Nu Thang"'s title track actually has a pretty good shuffling rhythm once you get past the jokey intro (a phoney televangelist sounding guy that addresses the 'young people' presumably listening to the disc). "I Luv Rap Music" is an ironic title since it is NOT rap music (it sounds more like a New Kids on the Block tune) but its gentle sway is difficult to resist and you have to smile when, having brought his mom to the local rap concert, she asks 'How they makin' music when there ain't no band?'. "No More" is somewhat reminiscent of Run DMC's early rap/rock combinations as the group proclaims "No/more/Givin' in/No more givin' in to this thing we call sin". Someone once said that Sunday morning in church is the most segregrated time in America and "Walls", replete with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. samples, addresses this, pointing out the necessity of looking past the racial divide and unifying around Christ. ("We're together on Earth/We'll be together above..")
LOWS: "Talk it Out" is the group's answerback to "Parents Just Don't Understand" (sez Toby "That's ill, I know they can") but it's a little too saccharine. "Children Can Live Without It" is a blunt pro-life song but its sentiment has been said so many times by other artists in more compelling ways. (Steve Taylor's "Baby Doe" may be the pre-eminent tune for the topic.)
BOTTOM LINE: Definitely not an essential album for the modern-day listener but enjoyable for the nostalgia. Fans of modern day Christian rappers like John Reuben, Cross Movement, and Grits will get a history lesson in how cloistered Christian music once was (This was "cutting edge" for CCM back in its day. Only D-Boy and SFC were rawer rap at the time.) If you're just dipping your toes into the band, get JESUS FREAK instead.
The Only Rap Album I Ever Loved Dec 20, 2005
During my last year in high school, I loved this album. It even made me like rap, at least for a few years. Those who know me, know how shocking that statement is!
My love for rap basically started and ended with this album. Actually, I hate pretty much all other kinds of rap, except for this album.
This album was the breakthrough, which made rap music cross over to the Christian sub-culture. Since this is basically the only rap album in the world that I have ever really liked, that should tell you how good it is.
Give it a try. Even if you hate rap, I predict you will make a single exception for this album.
definetly a nu thang! Feb 20, 2005
this a big step from their debut album,but still it's rap which i like this is not their best but it's still good! buy this nu thang