On Open Book, Da’ T.R.U.T.H. enlists the help of heavy hitters such as Tye Tribbett, Lisa McClendon, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Trip Lee, The Tonic and others.
Da’ T.R.U.T.H. calls for Godly men to stand and take their rightful positions in society on the banger, "Man Up" featuring Tonic on the chorus. J.R. serves as producer, serving up an infectious beat. Da’ T.R.U.T.H.'s mentor, Ambassador chimes in on "Star Struck", a song that exalts Jesus in the midst of a generation that has turned a deaf ear towards him. Longtime Cross Movement collaborator, DJ Official lays down the dope track.
Da’ T.R.U.T.H. has enjoyed his share of success, was a part of Kirk Franklin's Hero tour (read about it) and won a 2007 Stellar Award. With that being said, he candidly deals with the temptation to become prideful on "Why I Do", a cut that deserves several listens to soak in the depth of the lyrics.
The title track has a rock edge, courtesy of Kevin Arthur's heavy synth guitar. T.R.U.T.H. calls everyone to examine their life to see if it would be a good witness; tackling issues from burning CDs to sneaking food into the movies.
"13/30" is a call for youth to do great things for God now and not wait until they are "of age". JR provides a go-go influenced beat on "Every Day" while Tia Pittman sweetens the proceedings with her lovely vocals. Da’ T.R.U.T.H. deals with the stress of fulfilling your destiny while providing encouragement.
Things get smoothed out "Rose", as Da’ T.R.U.T.H. pays homage to his wife and daughter for being as roses, while warning women in general about ‘losing petals’ by being impure. Lisa McClendon's vocals are weaved throughout the verse and chorus while John Murrey's flamenco guitar serves as the icing on this beautiful cake.
There is so much to chew on in Open Book, not excluding "I Need You" featuring vocal acrobat Izzy, and "That Great Day" featuring Donnie McClurkin and Tye Tribbett.
People, jump on board because this album is well worth it. Da' T.R.U.T.H. needs to be heard.
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— reviewed by Dwayne Lacy —
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