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D-Boy - Strength of One Street Poet 1990


01. That UB Urself

02. UB Urself (Reprise)

03. Drop the Mic

04. The Boy Don't Play

05. Slackness

06. Cease for Peace

07. Flow Time

08. Shout

09. God's House

10. Last Days

11. Hip-Hopcracy

12. Come Back Home


Nicole Bruce - Background Vocals

D-Boy - Producer, Songwriter, Rap Vocals

Keith Davenport - Keyboards

David Ebensberger - Producer, Engineer, Mixed, Songwriter, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, Background Vocals

G-Rock - Programming, Background Vocals

Terri Hall - Background Vocals

Tessa Hall - Background Vocals

Griselda Lopez - Background Vocals

Juan Lopez - Background Vocals

Rene Lopez - Background Vocals

Tim Miner - Producer, Engineer, Mixed, Songwriter, Keyboards, Bass, Drums, Percussion, Programming, Background Vocals

Jeffrey Mingle - Engineer, Mixed

Teresa Patterson - Background Vocals

M.C. R.G. - Background Vocals, Break Ad-Libs

K-Boy Rodriguez - Background Vocals

Tarrence Smith - Background Vocals, Break Ad-Libs

Mike Stitts - Engineer, Drums

John Wirtz - Producer, Engineer, Mixed, Songwriter, Programming, Break Ad-Libs, Vocals


To appreciate this CD for what it is, you have to take into mind the time it was created and the climate it was born in. Rap had been around for a decade in the mainstream (about 1980 Sugarhill Gang had brought rap to suburban America through "Rapper's Delight"..) but churches were reluctant to embrace the music and this album was the cutting edge for Christian rap of the time. It was unafraid to try and lay in real beats, a good flow, and hot samples that were of the moment. (Many of which I'm STILL trying to place all these years later)


Listen closely and you'll hear:

Bill Cosby, James Brown shouts, snatches of Sly and the Family Stone, Steve Miller, Isley Brothers,sampled carousel noises, Pee Wee Herman and more.



"Drop the Mic" and "The Boy Don't Play" are great uptempo jams that still sound pretty good. "Flow Time", "Hip-hopcracy" (calling cheesy Christian rhymers of the time to task), "Shout" and "God's House" (probably the first Christian house music ever..) are also winners.



The Caribbean slow jam "Come Back Home" is just plain cheese. "UB Urself" (Reprise) is a ballad rap, not unlike L.L. Cool J's "I Need Love". The LL song sounds kinda dorky now, and so does D-Boy here. "That UB Urself"'s opening track is pretty hot, but the vocal cliche chorus about not following the crowd and a lame intro from a VERY white sounding guy proclaiming that "D-Boy is doped up and HARD" would've been better left on the mixing room floor.



This album is miles ahead of D-Boy's "Plantin' a Seed" and pointed the way towards what Christian rap could become. But a stray bullet from a mistaken drive-by shooting (it appears they thought Rodgriguez was someone else) claimed D-Boy's life at only 23. (10/6/1990) Peace to the poet...

There was only these cd's produced by this young man, who's life was cut short before his time. Yet the music he produced lives forever and his memory in the hearts of many who heard and knew him / D-Boy was ahead of his time - putting out quality Christian rap when much of Christian music was cheesy. This albumn still grooves - the beats and the message are timeless, using all sorts of loops and samples. Unfortunately for us, D-Boy went home to God before we were ready. DC Talk only recently got to his level.


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