Item description for Diary of a Strong Souljah by Nu Era & Gary Mayes...
1. Hit the Deck - Bbjay / Mayes, G. & Nu Era
2. A Word from the Father - Mayes, G. & Nu Era / Nuwordmuzick Family
3. Stand Still - Mayes, G. & Nu Era
4. Wait on Him - Mayes, G. & Nu Era / Ross, Nikki
5. He'll Come Through - Clegg, Nakitta / Mayes, G. & Nu Era
6. Holy - Dunn, Jonathon / Mayes, G. & Nu Era
7. We Owe U More - Mayes, G. & Nu Era
8. I'm Ready - Mayes, G. & Nu Era
9. It's Time 2 Worship - Mayes, G. & Nu Era
10. Let the People Praise U - Mayes, G. & Nu Era
11. Gr8 Day N the Mornin' - Mayes, G. & Nu Era
12. U Did It (Jus 4 Me) - Mayes, G. & Nu Era
13. Oh I Thanq U - Mayes, G. & Nu Era
14. Souljah's Dilemma - Knuckleheads / Mayes, G. & Nu Era
15. Strong Souljahs - Mayes, G. & Nu Era / Small, K.
16. If I Ever Need'd U - Mayes, G. & Nu Era / Moore, Gene Jr.
17. I Think I Can/I Kno I Can - Mayes, G. & Nu Era
18. This Joy - Mayes, G. & Nu Era / Nuworldmuzick Family
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Record Label Koch Entertainment
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.69" Width: 7.19" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.82 lbs.
Release Date Jul 17, 2007
Publisher E1 Entertainment
ISBN 0012387053 ISBN13 0015095691828 UPC 015095691828
Reviews - What do customers think about Diary of a Strong Souljah?
Can't Say Enough about Gary Mays! Mar 29, 2010
Where do I begin?? This double CD is amazing and I don't even listen to every song, but there is enough here for me to give the CD all the stars possible. You MUST get his 1st CD as well if you can find it The N.E.X-perience Vol.1 - Vol. 2 is a Christmas release and it's not that good... except for Kim Burrell on Go Tell it on the Mountain.
So, where do I start: My standouts and MUST hear songs - "Word from the Father" - who wouldn't like Pretty Brown Eyes drumming with a Gospel song? LOL This is some amazing drumming and the feel will just make you dance and sing at the top of your voice. "Stand Still" - HE told me if I just Stand Still, HE'll bless me... great song, up tempo and a reminder that if we would just WAIT on the Lord HE will sho' nuf bless us. "Wait on Him" - who doesn't know NIKKI ROSS? That voice is so distinctive and in this very simple song she stands out for sure. It's not busy at all and just builds up to the country church, shouting in the aisle end that I love: she says, "But you gotta wait, for they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they should run and not get weary, walk and not faint, gotta wait". "Holy" and "We Owe You More" you have to listen to back to back because Holy leads into We Owe You More with the worship in the middle. "Holy" will usher you into worship which is a quiet moment before the Lord and experiencing HIS awesomeness. This song is perfect for that and then "We Owe You More" will keep you there. "Let the People Praise You" - is a great uptempo song that you can sing at your church. Really great movement and the words are so true. "U Did it (Jus 4 Me)" - I worked out to this song so much because the beat and the words are so encouraging. One of my true FAVS on this CD. (U did it, Word from the Father, Stand Still all have the same "groovy" feel.) "This Joy" is a fun song,... kinda young and jazzy at the same time. It's has some real attitude,... as the title suggests, this joy I have you didn't give it and you can't take it away. All in all,... a really great CD! Don't sleep. And if you like this one then you MUST get Izzy!
Houston is sending out fire from Heaven!!! Jul 17, 2007
I don't know how many of you are familiar with the first two GMayes and N.E. projects, but if you are, you haven't heard anything yet. I know in the church world we toss the phrase "Next Level" around with little thought, but it is so appropriate when decribing this project. All the best elements of this ministry are displayed and THEN some! One of the most versatile gospel groups that I can think of, that versatility is truly on display on this project.
The set opens with holy hip-hopper BB Jay lending his lyrical prowess to the thumpin' "Hit the Deck". Then you hear this familiar mint Condition-esque intro on "A Word From the Father", where Gary displays that he can hit with the best of them with his masterful drumming on display throughout this project. We already know that the musicianship is second to none, but as a lyricist is where Gary shines on this endeavor. His writing has matured and he and partner Glen "GP" Piper prove to be among the best collaborators in the industry today.
A moving appearance by Jonathan Dunn on the song "Holy" is one of the many highlights on disc one. Nikki Ross and Nakita Clegg also lend their pwoerful, anointed voices to disc one. "We Owe You More" is an extremely powerful track that builds and builds until without warning you just slip right into the presence of the almighty! A little further down the playlist you will find "Let the People Praise You" and if i am not mistaken, you will hear Gary doing some adlibbing and doing a darn good job at it!
Disc two has a HOT instrumental with more incredible drumming. Then right into "Strong Souljah" and it is capped off by two VERY strong cuts. The inspirational "I Think I Can/I Know I Can" and the funky "This Joy".
I assure you, this is a must have and an extremely worthy investment! Just get it! This cd is the perfect blend of ministry and artistry. I don't give out 5 stars often!!