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Brinson has established himself and his brand as a quality product in a genre that is always proving itself. When he announced the release of his tenth project, the expectations were understandably high.
Does ‘Throw The Crown’ stack up? Let’s take a look.
Faith In the Sky ft. Steven Malcolm & Norman Michael – The opening track certainly passes the name recognition test as it features Steven Malcolm, one of CHH’s most successful artists. Any time you bring in a big name artist to your project, you have to be ready to bring your A-game. “Faith In the Sky” does not disappoint. The production smacks you in the face from the jump. Brinson delivers an expertly crafted verse while Malcolm drops bars in his patented style. Norman Michael does a very nice job on the hook as well with a voice similar to Xay Hill’s (who features later in the album as well). This is a great start to the project!
God Wav3 ft. Oatmeal & Adam Yung – Song two features Godchaserz artist, and Brinson protege, Oatmeal. Fresh off the release of his own project, ‘Instant’, Oatey displays his versatile delivery on “God Wav3”. Brinson shows us what longevity in this game can do for an emcee as he switches up his flow and delivery to complement Oatmeal’s verse.
What They Hollering About ft. Pettidee – When I looked over the tracklist for ‘Throw The Crown’, there were a few songs that immediately jumped out at me…”What They Hollering About” was easily at the top of that list. Simply seeing one of the genre’s greats listed as a feature was enough to get me to skip ahead a bit in my initial listening. Brinson enlisted the services of Pettidee for this track that is packed with southern flavor. Just listen to the “Duval” chants at the beginning of the track and I dare you to not feel your heart beating a little faster in your chest! Again, Brinson shows why he may be one of CHH’s most slept on emcees as he spits a verse that one would typically expect from his fellow song-mate. Don’t be fooled, he is not trying to simply blend with Pettidee’s style, this is one of Brinson’s hardest verses on the album. Pettidee certainly doesn’t let us down either. With his classic drawl, Pettidee shows off his lyrical ability as well as he drops straight BARZ!
God’s Direction – “God’s Direction” breaks up the high-energy that has been in place during the first three songs. We find Brinson having a conversation with God declaring, “I need you more, more than yesterday/ I ain’t motivated to go, or stay/ I need you bad, please light my way/ I need a sign, I need to pray/ I need to believe everything you say/ help my unbelief, my unbelieving ways”
Through The Fire – No cap, this track snuck up on me. By the end, I was finding myself thinking that this may be the best track on the album. Again we have a chiller vibe with a driving kick. Brinson’s flow is classic and he’s in the pocket, switching his delivery and cadence like a marksman. When we get to the hook we are met with increased instrumentation along with a female vocal that fits perfectly. I simply don’t see how anyone could listen to ‘Throw The Crown’ and not take note of this track. I can easily hear it on radio rotations.
Give Me a Reason ft. Xay Hill & Adam Yung – Brinson dips into the indie CHH pool here, enlisting the help of the hardest worker around. Xay Hill does Xay Hill things as “Give Me a Reason” finds a nice sweet-spot of the sound spectrum of the project to this point. Adam Yung’s verse adds a nice element to an overall solid track.
Save the World ft. Cutright – A fondness for comic book culture may be something that Brinson and Cutright share, but the duo has more in common than superhero inspiration. Don’t get me wrong, there are still plenty of sci-fi references as they try to “Save the World”.
Keep Me First ft. Dre Murray – We get another veteran feature as Dre Murray joins Brinson on “Keep Me First”. I really enjoyed this track as the production is certainly a vibe and the vets took it to a new level. Don’t sleep on this hook, easily one of the best on the entire project.
The Last Dragons ft. ReadyWriter, Selah the Corner, & Big Fil – If you are like me and you looked at “The Last Dragons” and thought “cypher!”, how smart do we feel? Every emcee on the track came with it. I can’t talk about this track without mentioning the cuts at the end. Thank you Brinson for keeping true hip hop elements alive in CHH. “The Last Dragons” is the longest track on ‘Throw The Crown’, coming in at 5:15 (with no hook) and I’m not even mad at it! It’s like a masterclass in demanding the listener’s attention. This one is top three for me.
Healed From It All ft. Cos & D.King – As we reach the final quarter of ‘Throw The Crown’, Brinson gives us a throwback feel on “Healed From It All”. Smooth flow and production along with a catchy hook take me back as Brinson declares all of the ways that the Lord has delivered him. “I ain’t gonna lie, I wanna put hands on him/ I relied on Most High, had to fast on ’em/ block a few accounts, cast my cares on Him/ I ain’t holding on to nothing, that’s a bad omen”
U Know ft. Norman Michael – The official lead single off of the album includes the second feature of Norman Michael. “U Know” is an uptempo, infectious reminder of how we, as Christians, may be a part of the world but not of it. I hadn’t heard Michael until listening to ‘Throw The Crown’ but I must say, I really enjoy his sound and he does a fantastic job on both tracks that he is a part of. Traditionally you don’t find the first single as the next-to-last song on a project, but that goes to show you just how strong this album is.
Is This The End – The finale. Brinson dives into the craziness that has been 2020 and his journey through CHH as he has witnessed major changes. He urges the listener to take off our self-appointed crowns and throw them at the feet of Jesus as He is the only one who can bring us all through “uncertain times”. Brinson includes a prayer of redemption, making this a fitting wrap up to what is truly an enjoyable album from start to finish.
Listen, if ‘Throw The Crown’ is not at minimum a PART of the “Best Albums of 2020” conversation within Christian Hip Hop, then we are way off base.
Brinson took years worth of experience and applied what he has learned to craft a top-tier release on his tenth album. He is one of the genre’s most successful independent artists and arguably one of its most slept on as well. The time for that to change has arrived with ‘Throw The Crown’.
There is simply something on this project for everyone.
It may not be absolutely perfect from start to finish, because the honest truth is that no album ever is, and even though I do not typically rate albums in my reviews but if I had to I would say that ‘Throw The Crown’ is a 9/10.
Do you agree? Disagree? Hit the comments and let’s talk about ‘Throw The Crown’ by Brinson!
1. Through the Fire
2. What They Hollering About
3. The Last Dragons
4. U Know
5. Is This The End