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Sho Baraka - Lions and Liars - Review

Sho Baraka - Lions and Liars Artist: Sho Baraka
Album: Lions and Liars
Released: March 30, 2010
Overall Sound: East Coast
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Sho Baraka - Lions and Liars - 9.1 out of 10
Album Summary for Sho Baraka - Lions and Liars:

Two and a half years since the debut of his freshman album "Turn My Life Up", Sho has something new for your ears with his latest release "Lions and Liars".

While "Turn My Life Up" might be summed up as a steady dose of high energy songs with catchy and memorable hooks - "Lions and Liars" exudes a more mature and introspective feel overall.

Generally speaking, I suspect that "Turn My Life Up" would have more appeal to a wider, more mainstream audience - while "Lions and Liars" is likely to resonate on a deeper, more personal level with a slightly smaller audience.

Sho offers up a level of personal transparency and raw honesty that is all too rare these days. By listening to "Half of Me" - fans will get an unobstructed view of Sho's heart, and will almost certainly find something to relate to. Yes, it's true - Christian artists wrestle with the same struggles that us "everyday" Christians do, and at the end of the day we all bow helpless and prostrate before our King.

That is certainly not to say that the album doesn't have it's fair share of catchy anthems however. After all, you wouldn't expect an entirely subdued album from the "Why so serious?" rapper a.k.a. Mr. B. Scientific himself would you?

In fact, the album gets off to a roaring start almost immediately as soon as the intro track cuts into an excellent beat that some Christian Rap fans may recognize as a tastefully remodeled version of the same beat found on the track "Take a Deep Breath" offered by the Truce Crew in 2006.

The album then moves along to a skillfully crafted track titled "Lions Anthem" which uses clever word play to describe scenarios of how real world Christians can work to serve the Lord in and through their everyday occupations.

The following tracks "Famous" and "Shut Us Down" are some of the albums strongest entries, only to be outdone by Sho's well publicized masterpiece "We can be More" which features the silky smooth vocals of J.R. (view the music video here)

Roughly speaking, from this point on, the album movies into a slightly more experimental and eclectic realm. This seems to pay off on unique songs like "My Myself and I", "Revolutionary Died", and "The Rising" - though I personally felt like it didn't pay nearly as many dividends on songs like "4Ever is 2morrow", "Feel so alone", and "I see the Lord (remix)".

Overall, "Lions and Liars" is a solid chunk of meat that just about any lion should be pleased to sink their teeth into.
It has been awarded a Gold Medal by CrossRap.com and is a highly recommended purchase.



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Song Score
1. Extinction 9
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2. Lions Anthem 9.5
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3. Famous 9.5
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4. Shut us Down ft. Lecrae 9.5
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5. We can be More 10
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6. Mercy On Me 8.5
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7. I'm Black *
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8. My Life 9
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9. Me, myself and I 9.5
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10. Liars Anthem 9.5
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11. Boy's!!! *
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12. Revolutionary Died 9.5
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13. Oh Well 8
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14. The Rising ft. Trip Lee 9
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15. T.I.W.N.O.T 9
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16. Half of me 9
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17. 4Ever is 2morrow 7.5
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18. Word 9.5
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19. Kobe Bryant on'em 9
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20. Feel so alone 7.5
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21. I see the Lord (remix) 7.5
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* = Intermission or song that is too short to rate.