Brent Jones and the T.P. Mobb
The T.P. Mobb, under the inventive direction of Brent Jones, redefines
‘urban Gospel’ with this stunning debut from Holy Roller Entertainment.
From the unusual marked-up, crease-imprinted cover design concept onwards,
this album stands above the crowd, opening up a new vein in Gospel choir music.Producers: Brian Peters and Brent Jones
album release date: June 22, 1999
This project is heavily laced with anointed slow jam tracks, demonstrating
that it doesn’t necessarily have to be hip-hop to be street. But there
is hip-hop here. Look for “Goodtime” —which samples the Isley Brothers’
'Insatiable Women’— to saturate radio (and maybe not just the Gospel
airwaves). It may also raise the eyebrows of some of the more conservative
saints, unaccustomed to holy lyrics tracked over tunes which may have previous
connotations for some.
It is those very lyrics, powered by the unforgettable
vocals of Brent Jones, that should relieve any anxiety generated by the tune.
And let’s be clear. The T.P. Mobb isn’t aiming for the church crowd with
Other notable cuts are the “Sit Back and Ride”, which flows with a
laid-back intensity and a sweet beat appropriate for the lyrics: “Why
don’t you sit back, and let the Man drive, You can ride and ride and
ride”. Then there’s the modern day parable, “Sindy”, which might cause
some unnecessary bewilderment for those not used to dissecting lyrics.
The approach to the topic of sin in this cut is intriguing, ingenius,
and deserving of study.
Much of the nearly 60 minutes of music on this disc falls on the softer
side of phat, and is energized by flawless production and the musicianship
of notables such as Greg Phillanganes, Jonathan DuBose and Nathan East.
The groove level is frequently off the meter; many will like it phat
This is not a God’s Property knock-off, and these are not Nu Nation wannabes.
This is original flava and a new vibe. This is Brent Jones and the
Holy Roller Entertainment / MCG
reviewed by Stan North —
Don't be forgetting to check our interview with Brent Jones!
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