Something For Everyone To Hate
Rising out of San Diego comes this multi-faceted and
ambitious crew, who present the Gospel drenched in
hip-hop culture.Producers: Sackcloth Fashion
album release date: July 20, 1999
As reflected in their name, the 12-member crew takes on
the figurative mantle of sackcloth, inspired by Old Testament
references in which ashes and sackcloth were worn by those in
mourning, to outwardly demonstrate to God and to man their inward state.
Sackcloth Fashion takes this expression of humility and applies
it to the condition of their collective hearts
(“Rend your heart, not your garments…Joel 2:12,13),
declaring themselves to be in mourning for the lost
(i.e. those without Jesus Christ).
They state that
the bizarre title of the album, Something For Everyone To Hate,
was chosen to humbly suggest that, with the buffet of hip-hop sounds
offered on the disc, not all tracks will appeal to everyone.
Indeed, the diversity on the 16-track project (all within the
realm of hip-hop) is evident. East coast, West coast, freestyle
and more, this crew is not one-dimensional in skills. Standouts
are the fast-paced “Liquid Demon”, which is written from the perspective
of alcohol, and “Verbal Eyes”, which features guest EmCee
Playdough (from Illharmonics) on an East coast vibe.
“Pulling A Fast One” takes itself literally, with rhyme by Mista Tru
and Absolute1 at a rate of 115 beats per minute (BPM)
throughout the entire cut.
Although Sackcloth Fashion members Mista Tru, Sir Rocdomz and BassSickLee
are evident through much of the album, guest artists are rife, including Grapetree
artist E-Roc on “Rising Sons”, and Dirt on “Subconsciously”
and “It’s Just Me”. The track titled “The Guest List” tosses in
cameos from underground holy hip-hop luminaries such as Btwice, Senaj, Miss Moses,
The Prophetics, Ahmad and more. And word
is that that when the album is later released to the mainstream market, the cut will
be remixed to include an appearance from Tonéx.
Be warned, however. This is not an album for those who like
a little hip-hop flava mixed into their ‘rhythm ‘n praise’ Gospel diet.
No, this is for those who desire a full hip-hop immersion; pure and
unadultered Gospel presented as a hip-hop feast all the way to the
If that whets your appetite, then with fresh and
innovative rhymes and a grab-bag of beats to boot, you
won’t go wrong with Sackcloth Fashion.
Syntax / Rescue
reviewed by Stan North —
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