Christ Fa Real
As our industry continues to develop, the sound of Gospel music continues to change, and now
includes the ever-growing art form of Christian reggae.
Continuing to introduce this style to the masses is singer/rapper Christ Fa Real (aka Nakia Lunn).
His debut effort, titled Itís Personal, is a 14-track project designed to
make you dance and celebrate as well as reflect on your relationship with the
Savior. This unique project fuses varying reggae styles with R&B and rap, making for a
well-rounded project.Producer: Blaq Gold, Terrence Harper, Nakia Lunn
album release date: August 1999
One of the standout cuts on the project is titled "Born Again".
Here, Christ Fa Real enlists the help of Grapetree mainstays, Antonious
and Prime Minister, who add their tight flows to the mix,
making it a serious party track. Prime and Antonious also add their
flava to "This Is How We Do It", a song about the unity of all from the
East and West Coasts. The project also features a guest appearance from
female MC, Xplicit. Her flows on "North West" and "Saint Saint"
and make you look forward to a potential solo project featuring her talents.
In addition to focusing on rap-influenced tracks, Christ Fa Real fuses his
reggae flow with smooth R&B grooves on others.
An unmistakable hit is "If You Love Him", an infectious urban groove
featuring a catchy hook and terribly tight harmonies.
On top of this tight track, the lyrics examine a
Christianís relationship with God, challenging us to represent Christ unashamedly.
While focusing on both rap and R&B, Christ Fa Real definitely represents the
reggae side with serious flava, showing the many sides of
his reggae background. Some of his more edgy, hardcore, dancehall
tracks include "Rock the Show" and "Demon Killa".
These tracks are definitely directed towards the more urban
ear and have powerful messages to boot. He also presents more
relaxed and laidback cuts including title cut, "My Love", and "I Wanna
Be Free". The "Marley-esque" nature of these
particular cuts is appreciated and adds balance to the project.
The versatility on this project is noteworthy. Of the
increasing number of reggae projects on the
market (Papa San,
deLANO, Blood Brotherz), this release aims to be the most listener friendly (especially
to a hip-hop oriented crowd) and
comes with strong recommendations.
Phat Boy Recordings
reviewed by Gerard Bonner ó
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