ALBUM REVIEW: Heavy Is The Head by Thi’sl
Christian rapper Thi'sl came out with his new album Heavy Is The Head earlier this year, and, much to my surprise, on the day of the release released another unannounced deluxe version -- for free on NoiseTrade. Of course, I gobbled up the free download and listened to the album two or three times. Here are my thoughts.
Most Thi'sl fans checking out the album would expect heavy beats and booming horns after Free From The Trap. The overall tone was much softer, and while his message of "get out of the ghetto" was the same as all his previous work, it was more retrospective, reflecting on his experiences in the hood over classic revamped Dr. Dre beats. Speaking of Dr. Dre, nods to old secular rappers are frequent, especially in the tracks "It's All Good" and "Straight Out Of The Trap (Dopeman Remix)". In fact, in It's All Good he quotes quite a bit of Biggie lines. Nonetheless, both track retained pretty good originality, bearing nothing more than similarities to the songs it references.
Overall, Heavy Is The Head is a pretty good album. It's probably better viewed as a clean secular album than a Christian album, though, because, much to my parents' dissapointment, Thi'sl seems to leave God out of the equation in the majority of the album. Don't get me wrong, he's got a track or two that talks about God, but "Jesus Wept" sounds really off to me.
I'd give this album 4 out of 5 stars.