Various Phat Artists
The Eighth Floor
With a skyscraper motif, Shabach Entertainment constructs a forum on this project for their growing roster of
Gospel artists, most of whom trigger a fresh, underground vibe.Producers: Mo Henderson, Pettidee, others
album release date: May 2, 2000
It's called The Eighth Floor in reference to the eight artists featured, including some who
appear as off-roster guests. Combined together, it's a wild mix of jazz, R&P, hip-hop and more, with each floor
offering a different theme.
Back in the limelight is vocals and guitar specialist, Jimmie Hill, who brings two tracks to the table. On "Angels", Hill teams up
with Anointed Voices of Power, who provide some steady choir vocals to go with Hills' lead. The group also appears with Hill on
"Come On Brother, Praise The Lord", in a Jamaican-tinged track that possess some
melodic brilliance at points.
On the guest list are groups such as Raiderz of the Lost who offer a heavy rap remix of "Cornerstone", the
original of which can
be found on their solo project, Prepare For Tha Spillage
Allen & Allen drop their
instrumental jazz (piano, keyboard and sax) on "Spirit".
Also returning is Pettidee, who continues to show versatility in his various styles. Always hard-hitting,
this busy artist makes a particular impact on the CD-closer, "Ashamed", which is an honest speaking of a man's struggle and his
determination to not be ashamed of Jesus Christ. With the Scott Whittier
Band giving ample edgy-guitar and rhythm drive to the song,
Pettidee makes it known that he can throw down alternative-edged vocals in
addition to rap and reggae.
The emergence of Lisa M. is perhaps the pinnacle of The Eighth Floor. In her breezy jazz-soul vocal style, she
bundles together clear lyricism with cool deliveries on three songs. "Forever" and "Never Wanna" make it obvious that Lisa M. is a fresh
voice on the scene.
Another newcomer is Matthew, who offers a smooth-with-a-twist R&P interpretation of
the classic spiritual "Swing Low". East coast hip-hop comes through from
CampQuest, a six-member crew who
have a knack for rapid, energetic patter and a nice mix of solo rap sounds.
Their work on the future cut "Naked Eye" (written by Mike T.) will
cause demand to spiral upwards for their upcoming solo project.
Class this one as another of the party disks that have emerged this summer.
Spin it and "Floor" your friends.
reviewed by Stan North —
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