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Across the Street From The Church With No Suh Foster By: Amanda  “Revolution” Lucas   No Suh Foster takes no time introducing us into a world whe...

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Across the Street From The Church With No Suh Foster

By: Amanda  “Revolution” Lucas

 

No Suh Foster takes no time introducing us into a world where black man is God. His lyrics are prophetic reflections over chaotic beats and surroundings you only hear in the concrete jungle. While we all know the various levels of struggle in urban life, No Suh Foster tries his best to insert all of those facets into one album. He touches on race, poverty, and social marginalization centered around a spiritual journey. Each song is a modern day parable with an underlining message of his struggle to righteous truth. He’s indirectly educating the walking dead and feeding the minds of those who are consciously awake with one middle finger and no apologies.

 

SIGNS AND SEASONS:

God said he’d pardon my sins if I pardon a fools/With that said you forgiven you not what you do/I aint no saint I aint no sinner I’m a mixture of the two/Resisting the witches brew/I know the spells it can cast I know how them bitches do.    

No Suh introduces us to the essence of him. While others would have built and intensity for the listener to want more, No Suh Foster word play left you within an inch of your life drowning in deepness. He warns us in this first song that his music is not for the foolish or simpleminded. All I can say is prepare yourself.

 

COLORFULLY PASSIONATE TIME: This song describes the day in the life of No Suh Foster. Motivated yet easygoing. I’m not too fond of the singing chorus. The song sets the tone for relaxation providing an undemanding curiosity to who No Suh Foster really is.

PRAYED UP: The party is back on and the liquor is flowing.  This song features Chri$tyle and Eugenius. Great beat for party or travel music. Lyrics are self-explanatory. They won with this one. Congratulations.

 

HIGH FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES: Beautiful. This has to be based off a true story. May we have a visual please.

DEATH OF THE BLACK SHEEP: Still my all time favorite. So glad a video was made for this particular record. The visuals were perfect emphasizing each word and artistic creativity within the lyrics. No Suh gives us quality and consciousness. We appreciate that.

 

RUSH TO REVIVAL: Simplistic and Perfect.  Two words Spark and Toast.  

ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE CHURCH:  

This album is so much more than a socially conscious album by song number seven.  No Suh Foster reminds me of a modern day member of Last Poets or Gil Scott-Heron. In a way he connects three generations of social political rap from Gil to Common to now. He speaks to a whole new generation. Although we can’t erase or eliminate popular rap culture we are reluctant to have someone who is not promoting misogyny or degrading his race. In every way he seems to be pushing the artistic creativity of those things that can be found around us. This man could find a diamond in the rough.  Here he is standing across the street from the church, standing across from the cornerstone of the community. The beauty across the street from the church should be seen through our eyes as nothing more than motivation from now on. We are witnessing a Prophet in his element.

 

DEN OF THIEVES: No Suh Foster continues to push the limit with his addition of surrounding culture when opening “Den of Thieves” with a sermon. The beat drops and he brings it back with a complicated melody over the sermon. I’m not interested.

OUTTA TOWN, OUTTA MIND:

Outta Town, Outta Mind is the pulse of the album. Everything you love about No Suh comes out. His quick and witty word play, his carefully sought out beat, and what some would call his humbled ego. Like a true prophet he conveys a message with clear and concise lyrics demanding respect from all who listen. We hear you No Suh loud and clear.

MANCHILD IN THE PROMISELAND:

If I had a dollar for every broken promise shit I’d probably be/ richer than the nigga who den hit the lottery/Celebration cut short when you see they take they taxes in pain/Make you wonder if what you paid is worth more than what you gain    

What I found most interesting about this song is the fact it seems to be named after one of my favorite books Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown. Especially since it conveys a similar message on urban life for the black male. Claude Brown so eloquently challenged us in the book Manchild in the Promised Land, by asking the question “Where does one run to when he’s already in the promise land”.  This book coincides with the chorus. The book exposed the violence and dead existence that plagued young people in Harlem. “Manchild” metaphorically symbolizing the poor black children whose innocence was stolen during their childhood. No Suh Foster speaks of the same innocence.

Chorus: These cynical thoughts got me searching for my innocence yall/its like these militant thoughts got me fighting for innocence yall/it’s like these critical thoughts got me questioning my innocence yall/so what am I to do/guess I’m a manchild in the promiseland.

This book was also written in midst of the civil rights movement, so for No Suh Foster to end the song with Martin Luther King Jr. famous speech “I Have a Dream” is profound.  He graduated to what I call a lyrical philosopher. This is not a southern album or east coast political album, this is an album for the masses. Boom.

HOLY FAMILY

(Feat: Indyah Rashaud , Love Moor, Ottie James, and Dee Skillz)

Interesting… maybe the longest song on the album. Foster finally gives us what we have been waiting for, more of his time on a record.  He adds a bonus of others who are just as talented. Lyrically he makes you wonder if he keeps a dictionary in his back pocket and these talented individuals on speed dial.  This is so east coast 90’s Hip hop black and white video era. They came, they conquered, we smiled and enjoyed. Once we have a visual for this one, all will be right with the universe. Thanks.

 

THIS IS WHO I B PT. 2: The daydreamer of No Suh Foster comes out and rolls off his tongue like honey with this song.  No Suh exemplifies the glossy yet peaceful stance of a man who knows his own will and message. He effortlessly tells us how great he is without ever saying it. I’m impressed.

LET THERE B LIGHT: Lighthearted and airy. No Suh continues to give us that light free poetic lyrical energy. The melody is perfect. He is taking no prisoners. By now you’re in his world with just the memory of yourself.

HEAVEN:  

You won’t find it anywhere if it’s not inside of you/say you wont find it anywhere if it’s not inside of you/The top of the world is right under your shoes

 

Then the beat changes and you think you are listening to Mos Def and Talib Kweli.  If you loathe to read or you have been sleeping your life away. You gone learn today.  So I advise when listening to Foster please pace yourself to grab the message he is conveying.

 

In conclusion No Suh Foster is the modern day storyteller for those who have been left behind and their lives do not identify with popular rap culture. The message is clear in his delivery and tone.  While Noah was a prophet people knew him as a drunk, and the prophet Isaac was a known to be a daydreamer.  No Suh Foster may be considered another socially aware and political conscious rapper/artist blah blah blah. But if you listen closely you will realize he can only be heard as a modern day prophet, who is preaching pass the choir. All I can say is Amen. Hallelujah. And pass the album, please.

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