L.G. Wise
Ghetto Fables —Da 1/2 Ain't Told

Emerging from the rubble of life's struggles, Grapetree recording artist, L.G. Wise, is a diamond in the rough. His original lyrics, straightforward style and timely themes have followed his career since day one.

Ghetto Fables CDGrowing up in Brooklyn, NY, he has experienced the many ills of our society and has sampled the bad after a taste of the streets.

"The Lord showed me the influence that music has on people, and how it is deceiving them. An example being, because of the lifestyle Tupac [Shakur] portrayed in his music, many think he is still alive today, as if he was immortal. His influence was that strong, but he couldn't escape the lifestyle he portrayed —death. So, I wanted to bring a more positive and accurate message to this rap game," L.G. Wise shares.

That brings us to the title of his latest release, Ghetto Fables —Da 1/2 Ain't Told. Hot production blazes and compliments each track. With this being the third album under his belt, the ghetto preacher delivers 14 sermons on the LP, each one advising today's generation to heed the warning to ignore the call of the 'wild life' and the temptations of the street.

"Time To Blow", "Betcha", and the title cut, "Ghetto Fables", all chronicle the results of the street life and the results of submitting to the evils of the day. At the same time, they identify the solution to the plagues of a prodigal son's riotous living. This is a quality that most secular albums lack today —the problem is always glorified while the solution is hardly mentioned, or at least greatly overlooked. L.G. Wise's innovative tracks, 'low rider' beats, candid lyrics, and unmitigated dedication to save the youth from the clutches of the world, results in an album that illustrates hard core reality.

A crux here is that L.G. Wise eulogizes thug life and introduces new life to all those suffocating by evil. A special tribute is also threaded through various tracks to ladies. So often appearing as inferior and to be degraded in secular verse, Wise honors reality and L.G. Wise respects them as the queens they are. Smooth-flowing tracks such as "Ain't Gotta Be Like Dat," and "Hey Ladiez" with background vocals supplied by Amani (see interview), second the motion.

"Ladies are so important because they are designed by God to help us [men], and through God, make us [men] complete," the rapper declares.

Party tracks "West Coast Riderz" and "Ra Ra Ra" summon both hands in the air and feet to the dance. A destined favorite of the album is "We Salute" which addresses the secular industry's clout. The track expresses the importance of eternity and not just living for the moment; L.G. Wise drops nuggets of the Gospel with his rendition of what true abundant life really is.

The relevancy of this project is that it addresses the dire need to annihilate the misconceptions of gang life and the deceptions and betrayals that spawn from it. L.G. Wise packs a powerful punch from life's pulpit to uncover the hidden motives of darkness, while acknowledging the blessings of knowing God through a kaleidoscope of spiced lyrics, bumping tracks, and the unadulterated truth.

With all assurance, Ghetto Fables is sure to get many "Amens!"

Producers: Blaq Gold, Lee Boyd, L.G. Wise
album release date: December 28, 1999
Grapetree Records

special review to GospelFlava.com by Brenda Ingram II

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