WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT OUR MUSIC
"HI! FIRST, I REALLY LOVE YOUR MUSIC! SOMETIMES I THINK MUSIC SHOULD COME WITH A WARNING; CAN TAKE OVER BODY AND MIND."
-HERSCHEL (FAM & SUPPORTER)
"I LISTEN TO MORE OF YOUR WORK, AND I AM JUST FLOORED. INNER LIGHT IS MY FAVORITE!"
-DORA (FAM & SUPPOTER)
"THANK YOU, BECAUSE MAGIC MAY NOT BE REAL..BUT YOUR SONGS ARE TRULY MAGICAL"
-IRMA (FAM & SUPPORTER)
"WOW-YOU ARE AMAZING- I'VE ALREADY SHARED YOUR PAGE ON MY TWITTER AND I CANT STOP LISTENING!"
-LESLIE (FAM & SUPPOTER)
"WE HAVE JUST LISTENED TO YOUR AMAZING TUNE INNER LIGHT. YOU HAVE A GOD-GIVEN TALENT AND WE WILL BE FOLLOWING YOUR INEVITABLE FUTURE SUCCESSES!!!! IT'S IN AN HONOR TO BE YOUR FRIENDS & AND FANS."
-HEIDI (FAM & SUPPORTER)
"GUESS WHAT I DID TODAY?! I DID SHARE YOUR NUMBER ONE PAGE VIA FACEBOOK BECUSE I WANT MANY PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOUR AMAZING MUSIC!!!"
-GERMAN (FAM & SUPPORTER)
"HELLO, I'M NOT A FAN OF YOUR GENRE BUT YOUR SONG INNER LIGHT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION"
-DALE (FAM & SUPPORTOR)
"JUDE IS THE EPITOME OF YOUR FAVORITE RAPPERS FAVORITE RAPPER, AS HE SPITS WITH THIS STYLE THAT’LL MAKE THE ILLEST EVEN FEEL INTIMIDATED. YOU CAN TELL THAT JUDE KNOWS HE HAS THE ABILITY TO RAP CIRCLES AROUND HIS COMPETITION, WHICH IS WHY HE SALIVATES OVER ANY TOUGH BEAT HE IS PROVIDED WITH. WITH HIS NEW TRACK CALLED ‘ON ME’, JUDE IS GIVEN THIS POWERFUL BEAT THAT YOU KNOW HE WANTS TO PUT IN THE ICU BY THE END OF IT.
‘ON ME’ IS HEAVY HITTING, WITH JUDE RAPPING BOTH AGGRESSIVELY AND CONFIDENTLY ON HIS VERSES. SINCE THE SONG HAS THIS KILL-A-RAPPER TYPE VIBE TO IT, YOU KNEW HE HAD TO GIVE US BARS GALORE (WHICH HE DID).
I LOVE THE FLOW JUDE RAPS WITH, AS HE TOYS WITH THE BEAT, ALMOST TREATING IT LIKE HE FATHERED IT. HE TWISTS HIS WORDS EFFECTIVELY, ADJUSTING HIS FLOW OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
THE LYRICS ON THIS SONG ARE APPEALING TO ME, BECAUSE YOU CAN HEAR THE HUNGER AND DETERMINATION TO BE GREAT FROM HIM. YOU CAN TELL THIS TRACK WAS SOMETHING HE WAS DESTINED TO MAKE, AND HE TOOK ADVANTAGE BY BEING CLEAR AND CONCISE WITH HIS WORDS.
HIS STYLE IS VERY REMINISCENT TO LOGIC, ANOTHER RAPPER I THINK THAT TRIES TO MURDER EVERY OPPORTUNITY HE GETS.
OVERALL RATING (5/5)"
-THE WIDOWS PEAK BANDIT (RATINGSGAMEMUSIC.COM)
"INNER LIGHT IS PLAYIN' WITHIN MY FAVOURITES FOR THE LAST WEEK(I DISCOVERED YOU THEN!). THANK YOU FOR THESE TUNEZ AND YOUR MUSIC. A FAN EVER SINCE I HEARD THEM FOR THE FIRST TIME"
-ROSHEL (FAM & SUPPORTER)
Christ is real
I really like the song I love Gospel rap I love the mission and the beat is banging keep on showing Christ in your walk and in you lyrics I would like to hear more from your ministry please keep in touch I would love to collaborate have a blessed day and may God bless you in all your endeavors.
Reviewed by DBC Gospel Rapper
Thoughts on "Black Star"
The song's beginning is so sweet and inviting... it creates anticipation that doesn't disappoint. The soft female vocals roll out the red carpet and introduce the title of the song with flair and class... Okay, you got my attention now what? Out of the song I hear, SHOW ME CHRIST!!! Wow - now words of life come swaggering out into the song, front & center - O yeah, that's "Christ up front"... So here's the deal, this song puts the mantra - right into the song, and how good is that? Love it. The drums, and funky groove are contagious, and this song is has a classy groove that has "hit" all over it, and that's before someone can "digest the righteous" lyrics being thrown all over the place. The male/lead vocals are sassy and sung with passion and very real - to the bone! Encouragement runs deep, and that is a light that expels the darkness wherever the vibrations travel... the breaks, and the dynamics reveal some ace production behind the curtain, and for me - who works both sides of the stage, hat's off to whoever "produced this jam"!! Going home with the song near the end, the drums falling out, and the female voice takes us back to the beginning - all good stuff - ear candy to the max. The enchanting key sounds, walk us to the exit and - by now I'm sure everyone is smiling, and jiving to the beat as they hit the door. Man O Man this song blessed me before I rest my eyes for another day in Christ. One thing for sure - YOU SHOWED ME CHRIST with this song!!! My only suggestion, is the female singing "black star" and a few other lines is a little fuzzy/unclear and could be cleaned up a tad. That's minor - and doesn't diminish this song's overall prowess. I was blessed to the core of my being with this song. Thanks for sharing such a phenomenal song with everyone - I pray it goes far and wide throughout the earth. amen In Christ/Michael D'Aigle
Reviewed by MICHAEL D'AIGLE
Bar for bar, Jude can flex his rap muscles on any of your favorite rappers out right now, which is why I consider him to be one of the most intriguing gospel rap artists today. With his new album ‘Inner Light’, Jude not only raps phenomenally, but he also shows off this ability to be versatile musically, as he puts together a complete body of work all based off the glory of GOD.
1. I’M BACK (INTRO) (4.8/5)
You can tell Jude is licking his chops to speak his blessings on this song, as he hops on it with this boss-like approach. I love how exact he is with his words, as he combines these knowledgeable bars with this formidable flow.
This is definitely the perfect song to open the album with!
2. MINDSET (4.8/5)
The pianos make ‘Mindset’ smooth and pleasant, and both Jude and MRD make the song very meaningful content-wise.
Jude opens up the song with this calming/melodic approach, as he aims to remind us of his purpose on the mic. Not only does Jude end up motivating me on this song, but he also uplifts my spirits by approaching the song with this ‘keeping it straight no chaser’ mindset.
MRD does a great job of instilling his true feelings into his verse, almost sounding like he’s reading out of a diary of his life. I love how emotional he gets from line to line, telling me that his destiny led him to this very song.
Jude ends the track strong, reminding us not to fall victim of all the misleading things in the world. I feel like this is the best way to end the song.
3. HEART OF A LION (4/5)
Jude is pretty aggressive on this song, as the beat creates this platform to lay down some frustrations.
Pierre Lot hits us with some great punchlines on his part, as he effortlessly drops some jewels about the strength that has been given to him by our LORD and savior. You can tell Pierre is having fun with it, as he raps with this loose and energetic vibe.
If you aren’t motivated after this track, you gotta drink some red bull or something.
4. INNER LIGHT (3.9/5)
‘Inner Light’ has the same title as the album name, and somewhat serves as the album’s theme song.
This song glows, as Jude sings with this exuberance on the chorus. You can feel the spirit in the way he’s singing, as his vocals combined with the bright production makes for this positive feel.
While the song has this pleasant tone to it on the chorus, Jude still raps in this tough way on the verses, convincing listeners to find GOD and follow the path he has carved out for us. It’s a beautiful topic, and one that he makes sure we do not take for granted.
This song is catchy, and something that will draw you in for sure.
5. FILL ME (4/5)
‘Fill Me’ is short, but still gets its point across (Which is providing this hard hitting rap track that catered to get you amped up in every type of way.).
While Jude raps with the same heinousness that your favorite rappers rap with on his verses, he instills the energy of Christ into his lyrics (Which means it’s useful energy he provides) .
6. BE OK (3.9/5)
‘Be Ok’ is a bit of a different sound for Jude, as he raps over this pop inspired beat. Jude does welcome the challenges that the production provides, almost sounding amused at the idea of rapping over it.
Jude is determined to have his day remain in tact, despite the trials and tribulations that he goes through. Despite the unfamiliar production, Jude still shines bright, finding a way to rap with this consistent flow throughout.
On the chorus, you get this fruitful sound, something that listeners will consider ‘family friendly’.
I love how Jude discusses some of the everyday situations that people go through on this song; it is definitely refreshing!
7. FIND MY WAY
‘Find My Way’ is as dynamic as a song is going to get, as you can tell Jude wanted to ensure that every emotional aspect that a song can have is featured on this song.
The chorus sets the tone for the topic at hand, as it displays the emotion that is needed to be felt to make this song work. Jude picks up on these emotions, and makes sure the grind/hustle he took to find his way is felt by listeners. The flow that Jude uses is flawless, as he’s able to keep up with the fast tempo beat.
Pierre Lott’s part is short, but necessary, as he plays that second perspective on how relying on GOD helped him get to where he needed to be.
I’m a huge fan of introspective songs like these.
‘Growth’ is definitely one of the toughest song on this album, as it has this gritty/abrasive sound to it. Jude raps slowly on this track, making sure listeners hear every single word he delivers. You’ll find yourself bopping your head at every single bar he delivers, as he is pretty much flawless with his words on this song.
Jude takes a stab at laying down some vocals on the hook, and he impresses me quite a bit! He shows great passion, solidifying the impact this song can have on the listeners soul.
9. NO BODY (4/5)
‘No Body’ is all about having some fun with it, as Jude creates this energetic song that has this throwback sound to it.
Jude is hoping to get everyone to dance on this song, rapping/singing with this joyous tone throughout. You can tell Jude wants to spread the love of the LORD by his spirited approach, and it certainly resonates with me.
Shooz has the second verse, and I love his care free attitude on it! You can tell Shooz understands the impact that GOD has had on his life, and doesn’t care if people judge him for showing his blessings through this animated approach. I am definitely feelin’ Shooz’s verse.
I can certainly see this song being played in a few party-like atmospheres.
10. KNOW ME (4.6/5)
Jude opens up quite a bit on this song, as he describes all the things he had to overcome in his life to become who he is now. His words seem very personal to me, as he calls out a few individuals in his life that tried to drag him down
More than anything, this song directly shows the impact that GOD has had in Jude’s life. I feel like it is an extremely relatable track, and one that lets people know that they should keep following their dreams no matter what.
11. ON ME (5/5)
‘On Me’ is heavy hitting, with Jude rapping both aggressively and confidently on his verses. Since the song has this kill-a-rapper type vibe to it, you knew Jude had to give us bars galore (which he did).
I love the flow Jude raps with, as he toys with the beat, almost treating it like he fathered it. He twists his words effectively, adjusting his flow over and over again.
The lyrics on this song are appealing to me, because you can hear the hunger and determination to be great from him. You can tell this track was something he was destined to make, and he took advantage by being clear and concise with his words.
12. BLACK STAR (4.5/5)
‘Black Star’ is the perfect way to end an album to me: It’s touching, it commands your attention, and it is very heartwarming.
The gentleness of both the hook and the beat provides listeners with this fantasy-like feel, giving Jude the perfect platform to lay down these influential words. You can hear the excitement in each line Jude drops, as he raps with this optimism that is truly galvanizing.
This song is all about good vibes, and I am sure it will give you an extra boost of energy for the rest of the week.
OVERALL RATING (8.5/10)
With this album, I feel Jude created quite the experience for listeners. Jude keeps you on your toes from song to song, never being afraid to experiment with sounds, while keeping his own sound in tact. Versatility like this make this an album that can be universally accepted, as there is a song for everyone.
The rapping on this album gets an A+ for me! Not one song do you feel Jude gave a lackluster effort, telling me that he was all the way in from start to finish during its making. I was impressed with the flows he used on each song, his aggression, but most importantly his content, as he let us know that his relationship with GOD is one that can be very relatable to us. Very good contribution from Jude.
While this will be considered a gospel album, I think it is more than that, it is a solid body of work by a talented artist. You can’t question Jude’s love for rap music, and definitely can’t question the impact that the LORD has had on his life. Kudos to him for staying true to himself in every type of way on this album.
By- the widows peak bandit (theratingsgamemusic.com)
Opening with the confident and characterful I’m Back, artist and rapper Jude’s latest album Inner Light showcases a true sense of individuality, a passion for hiphop, lyricism, performance, and an unwavering dedication to faith.
Musically speaking the variation throughout this project is huge. The change from the opener to track two Mindset is enough to suggest the vast ocean of influence and creativity that will follow. As the jazz-piano driven piece unfolds, the artist’s leading voice has a more mellow, reflective sound sound to it now, and this works beautifully alongside the subject matter and depth of the lyrics. It’s a powerful song, and following the high energy and intensity of the opener it’s a clever example of how album arrangement, when done effectively, can really increase the strength of certain moments. Contrast is invaluable.
Heart Of a Lion switches the intensity and energy back to full throttle. The vocal effects and the strings fused with that beat all make for something hugely passionate and motivational. The concept and the performance are inspiring and infuse energy in listeners, influencing action, suggesting positive change and personal ability to be the best you can be. Following this, the title track of the project offers something completely unexpected. The music that pours out at this point is so dreamlike and electronically pop that it really underlines the fact that Jude has a message, an immense imagination, and an undeniable ocean of creativity. This particular track has an infectious and memorable hook that comes through as something of a summer anthem.
The Fill Me interlude reintroduces that opening character declaration and brings the intensity back to remind audiences of the inherent passion for hip hop that runs through the veins of this album. The storytelling here is unappologetically honest and this adds a huge amount of value and realness. Then you get the beautifully beach-like vibes of Be Ok, a song that presents a ukulele and a fresh batch of positivity – it really hits with brightness and joy at this point within the collection.
Lyrically there are some real moments of power, often within single lines; single snippets of ideas that make you stop and think. Find My Way feat. Pierre Lott & The Duncans is a strong example of this in full supply. The song has the feeling of being a somewhat epic offering; the sound of a journey, through struggle, through difficulty, and the energy of overcoming – hopefully inspiring its audience to believe in themselves and to, similarly, find their own way.
Growth is incredibly different again in both substance and musicality. The sound is a little reminiscent of the earlier storytelling days of Eminem’s music, though the approach of content is the exact opposite many ways. There’s a darkness to the lyrics, a certain truth, yet the music maintains that uplifting energy of the preceding track. This fusion is captivating, the song has you following every line and every word with intense concentration. Following this, No Body Feat. Shooz offers a classic funk-rap soundscape that comes through as fairly minimal and contrastingly artistic in comparison to the tracks surrounding it. As the music progresses, the energy is beautiful, the music gives off an inspiring feeling of possibility and happiness and it all makes for an enjoyable moment of escapism.
Things take a turn for the further depths of darkness at this point. On Me has the haunting simplicity of a classic hiphop track from the earlier days of the genre. The leading riff is repetitive and memorable and lays the foundation for the artist’s hugely passionate and enthusiastic vocal performance, one which, not for the first time, features a fast and furious flow.
Know Me brings the blue skies back to the scene a little. The instrumentation is beautifully ambient here, there’s a pop feel to the song again; the vocal effect, the sense of character, the optimism. There’s no shortage of hope and inspiration in this collection. An underlying sense that things will be OK, things can get better, and if you put your mind to it you can be anything you want to be. The final song of the album Black Star takes all of this and more and closes things down in a powerful and unforgettable manner.
To listen in full is to really get the entire artistic presence of the artist and this string of ideas and experiences. However, if you were to pick any track from the album, the resulting effect is likely to leave you wanting more. Well worth a listen. -Rebecca Cullen musician & writer with an MA in Songwriting.