Review – Rey King – Young God
Undoubtedly, youre curious about the album title of Rey Kings debut release. Seems a bit odd, to say the least, for a Christian artist to title their album Young God. But of course, we all know better than to pass a verdict on something or someone without actually first examining the issue, and a once through of Kings Young God will dispel any notion of false doctrine as King is not claiming to be God rather a child of God. While Rey King probably should take to the doctrine of adoption with more humility, there is certainly no cause to write off the Florida representer without at least examining his work.
With that said, lets actually get into the album. Young God is Kings debut release on the music scene, yet sonically, it sounds nothing like a debut. The production is vibrant, diverse, and near flawless. Equipped with that fresh FLA club hip-hop vibe, R&B stylings, smooth samples, fresh instruments, 808s and synths, nearly every beat on Young God is a gem. Most artists dont even dream about having this level of production on their debut, but then again most artists dont produce all 20 tracks on their debut like King has. Gifted behind the boards, Rey King also puts it down on the mic and mixes it up with a fair amount of crooning as well. To say the man is multi-talented would be an understatement.
Impressive on the musical front, Young God is a mixed bag content-wise. King demonstrates some noteworthy creativity on the surprisingly hype intro/interview with God entitled, Hi, which continues on at the middle of the album with Im and at the albums conclusion with God. With King spitting as the Lord and revealing Gods redemptive plan on each respective interlude, all three takes happen to be some of the albums brightest spots as both production and content sync together well in terms of directing attention to the Lord.
Now, for the mixed bag part. The lead single, Hustler features a smooth club beat and a chorus that are the epitome of catchy. The autotune hook is a perfect fit as King croons about pressing forward for the Kingdom. However, the problematic content comes in the verses and is a bit similar to the concerns people had with Pros debut, The Blackout. That is, while Kings intentions certainly seem to be God-glorifying, his lyrical content often lacks the humility needed to glorify the King most effectively.
On Hustler, King describes himself as Da Vinci on the beats, Picasso with the flow/When it comes to calculations, Einstein with the dough. The thing is, after listening to the albums intro (Hi) and as soon as the drums kick in on Hustler, it is more than apparent that King is a beast on the beats. When he spits, it is more than apparent that hes a talent. We dont need to be reminded because, one and a half tracks into the album, its crystal clear. Lines like 200K on the wrist to remind me what time it is/I aint braggin just proud of my accomplishments also show a lack of maturity on Kings part.
Lines like The Bible say you reap what you sow/ and I sow dough which means I grow more and heres a message to the haters: we rich (in your face) from On Me not only present theological problems and but seemingly contradict earlier bars from King like if you think havin money means youre rich than ya really broke (Hustler).
In addition, Call Me and Spot Like are two tracks that bang musically but feel wasted as they are overly arrogant at points with the former being directed to haters and the latter serving as an overcomers anthem with immature lyrics like Im a repper and singer, Im a young god, you a sinner. Certainly not the best way to display Christ to the haters.
Fortunately, not all of Young God is marred by such content issues. Rey King shines on all fronts, musically and lyrically, on the aforementioned God interludes as well as tracks like Young featuring Netty, Why featuring J1 and Denim Deleon, and My All. Unsurprisingly, the albums standout tracks are where Reys passion for Christ is uninhibited by pompous lyrics. Instead, the heartfelt nature of these tracks are palpable. On the melodic, intricately produced Young, King unveils his struggles with the temptations of youth and rebellion, a joint that will resonate with and encourage many young believers.
The beautifully produced Why is another exceptional joint as Rey recounts his struggles to fight his old way of life and accept the freedom of new life in Christ. The authenticity of Kings verses along with solid contributions from J1 and Denim Deleon makes Why one the albums best tracks.
Likely the albums best and most complete track, My All plays out much like a modern day Psalm as King expresses devotion to the Lord, singing his praises over a rich electric guitar riff and one of Kings most stirring beats on the whole album.
Sometimes, talent outruns maturity and humility. Weve seen it with countless preachers, who while gifted in their teaching, often lack the maturity and humility needed to keep themselves out of unnecessary controversy. I suppose this is somewhat the case with Rey King, who is an incredible talent, yet a lack of lyrical maturity taints many tracks on Young God. Artistically, Young God is almost without blemish, yet I predict some of its lyrical content may put some off depending on personal preferences. I still recommend you check out Young God and determine for yourself what you tracks you find edifying and worth purchasing. As for me, Ill be bumping select tracks from Young God and eagerly awaiting Kings next offering with the hopes that like me, he will continue to grow in the knowledge of the Lord and humility.
RELEASE DATE: July 2009
3. Light Bill
5. My all
6. Call me
7. On Me
8. On top ft. Shad da gifted
9. Young ft. Netty
11. Why ft. J1 & Denim Deleon
13. Godz Music
15. Save me ft. Netty
17. Spot like
18. Work me