Christian hip-hop… that’s whack right? Wrong. Not with artists like Sho Baraka around. After his successful sophomore album ‘Lions and Lambs’ in 2010, the Canadian rapper has taken things up a notch on his independently released third record ‘Talented 10th’ a move away from his previous offerings with a more varied production (High Society’s Swoope has done a real good job bringing together gospel, blues and soul with harder hip-hop beats) and even stronger songwriting. And that’s what a listener should come to Baraka for as he tackles a whole host of real life issues ranging from the economy ‘Michael’, race ‘Jim Crow’ and relationships ‘Cliff & Clare’. It is a must listen album for any hip-hop fans.
His first single from the album is also the most accessible; ‘Ali’ is an uplifting piano-driven ballad which asks the listener to “be exceptional for the benefit of others.”