#iPaulEP features six tracks and is heavy on the grime and harsh rap. Although this genre is (sometimes) considered too much for the Christian music scene – I believe that #iPaulEP is actually relevant and appropriate for the urban youth of today.
One exception of this is the track “I am not” which is a lot more relaxed and chilled. It features guitar – that I assume is performed by the artist himself and demonstrates InderPaul Sandhu’s vocal ability. This track would sound awesome live in the comfort of an intimate venue with a small audience. It’s a nice song and although repetitive, provides an avenue to worship. However, the constant change from slow, calm verse to sped up chorus is somewhat disjointed – but it does make a nice change from the rest of the album.
The track; “Christian“ reminds me of the songs that used to feature on Channel U back in the day. It’s the perfect track for saved and unsaved people alike and those who appreciate that genre of music. It’s lyrically positive and has a good message, but there are some parts that I failed to comprehend. If Sandhu wanted to spread his message to a wider audience improved coherency would be required. Overall, this track successfully shows the artists heart and intent for the Lord and will absolutely reach out to the niche audience I believe he is striving to cater to.
The next song on the EP is “Death Row“ which is full of metaphors! Despite the iffy title; it’s one of the better produced tracks – reminding me of TuPac’s “Ghetto Gospel” and UKG artists and songs from a few years back. It tells a story and takes you to the places he describes. Being less intense (and as a result more enjoyable) than some of the other tracks on the EP, my only criticism is that vocals or something softer in between these verses would’ve broken the track up better to give it more life.
I was initially disappointed after hearing “Mind in the Clouds“ for the first time; having expected more from this track due to the imagery the title offers. However, I soon began to like it more as the words sunk in and the message InderPaul was trying to convey reached me. I’d consider it the best song of the EP because of its production, how it’s been put together and lyrically; the track flows well. The featuring artist gave the song a much needed boost.
When “Like that“ played – my initial reaction was to move. It has a fun, ragga twist whilst giving insight from a Christian perspective about the way the world is today. The repetitiveness works in the track and I wish he went deeper with the message! This track definitely has the most potential to be a hit.
“Ring“ is the final track on the EP and I was impressed. It’s a definite head banger and having the “crew” chant in the background for the chorus gives a hype that adds atmosphere to the track, making it connotative with the battle/fight element the song centres around. It’s a likeable song. The “Stepping with the King” line filled my heart with joy and the playful samples added to the beginning and the end make for a nice conclusion to the EP.
From the general sound and vibe; #iPaulEP has the potential to be wonderful outreach to the unsaved youth. The beats and baselines could have be toned down because at some points it overpowered the lyrics and ministering. Due to Sandhu’s unique approach and style, there are some harsh; potentially violent undertones in his delivery. Therefore, it could so easily be mistaken for regular grime/hip hop music. However, by keeping focused on the lyrics the Gospel will shine through. Although repetitive and “samey” at times, it’s good for a debut. I am excited to see what InderPaul Sandhu does next and hope he produces work focused on his more impressive vocal & music abilities as well as rap in future projects.
Rachel’s Rating: 3/5 stars
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THE OFFICIAL FIRST RELEASE FROM THE #iPaulEP
***** DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS *****
Hit the link below to download this the first track of the #iPaulEP and the second track titled, “Like That”.
ANOTHER TWO TRACKS WILL BE DROPPING ON THE 8TH OF MAY. MARK THE DATE!