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Pro - Redemption - Review

Pro - Redemption Artist: PRo
Album: Redemption
Released: July 13, 2010
Overall Sound: East Coast/Down South
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Pro - Redemption
Album Summary for PRo - Redemption:

Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee - PRo has been some what of a "smash and grab" rapper - meaning he would drop a hot mixtape to grab your attention, vanish for a year, and then serve up another hot mixtape when you least expected it. The release of "Redemption" makes something very clear however - PRo has laid a solid foundation and is constructing a lasting residence in the Christian Rap & Hip Hop community.

From the earliest seconds of the album you'll know that the album is God focused. "God" makes for a powerful intro track and instills the listener with a sense of awe for the creator of the universe.

"Hold Me Down" should speak to every believer. It reflects on how faithful God is to his followers, even when we fail and fall short. A line from the song's chorus says it all "Why did he have grace on my soul, even though I left him out in the cold?"

If you've been watching the Christian Rap scene to any degree you've probably noticed that a strong relationship between Lecrae and PRo has been formed. It is well known that Reach Records is very selective about who it will collaborate with, and PRo has "made the grade", appearing on numerous Reach projects this year. Lecrae has returned the favor and drops a compelling verse on "Clear the Air" - a high voltage track that addresses some qualms from the community.

Another one of my favorite songs from the album is "In The Club" which features a beat that just has that "summertime vibe" to it. Lyrically, the song exposes the foolishness of living solely to go clubbing, and then encourages listeners to live for Christ instead.

One of the things that I really enjoy about "Redemption" is that it offers up a good mix of high energy, celebratory songs and more subdued, reflective songs. I get such a strong visual picture of the 45 year old clubber described in the song and it makes me laugh and shake my head at the same time. I think we all know someone who should have thrown in the towel years ago - and not just from clubbing for that matter, but from any vain pursuit that detracts one from chasing after Christ.

"This Cage" is perhaps my favorite "reflective song" from the project and it features a message that I can relate to all too well: Desiring so badly to serve Christ with all of ones being, but being restrained by the cares of this life or by fear. May the Lord destroy all of our "cages".

In conclusion, "Redemption" exceeded my expectations and then some. I'm already looking forward to PRo's next release (whenever it may be, LORD willing), and I expect that "Redemption" will be entrenched in my rotation for years to come. If you haven't picked it up yet, I highly suggest that you do so now.


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Pro - Redemption - Gold Medal Winner

Song Score
1. God 9
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2. Hold Me Down 10
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3. Clear The Air ft. Lecrae 9.5
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4. Know You ft. Rick Trotter 8.5
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5. Low 8
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6. Aye You 9
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7. In The Club ft. Conviction 10
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8. This Cage 9.5
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9. Merked 9
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10. Not Guilty 9
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11. Bout Dat 8.5
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12. Power to Die ft. Brothatone 9.5
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13. Fight Music 9
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14. On It ft. Conviction, Canon 8
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15. All I Know 8.5
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16. Depend On You ft. Chris Davis 9
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17. Slave To You 9.5
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18. Blow My Mind ft. Roslyn Welch (Bonus) 9.5
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19. Who I Be ft. Canon (Bonus) 8.5
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20. Murder Swag (Bonus) 9

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