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Urban D: Un.orthodox CD+DVD

Un.orthodox CD+DVD [CD] $ 11.97
Track List
play 01 Unorthodox [MP3] $ 0.99
play 02 Appreciate [MP3] $ 0.99
play 03 Church [MP3] $ 0.99
play 04 Home [MP3] $ 0.99
play 05 Okay [MP3] $ 0.99
play 06 Culture [MP3] $ 0.99
play 07 Temptation [MP3] $ 0.99
play 08 Hustle [MP3] $ 0.99
play 09 Hip-Hop [MP3] $ 0.99
play 10 Peter [MP3] $ 0.99
play 11 Purpose [MP3] $ 0.99
play 12 Sorry [MP3] $ 0.99

Urban D.
has been around for a while, getting started in the Christian hip-hop
scene back in the mid 90's when most people were just getting
acquainted with this spiritual form of rap music. Fast forward ten
years and with five albums under his belt, pastor and hip-hopper, Tommy
Kyllonen, is set to drop his most inspiring and powerful album to date.
The name of the album is titled
with "church. hip-hop. culture." as a subtitle. The purpose behind this
album is to serve as a musical look at the journey of Urban D. and
Crossover Church (the church where he is senior pastor), which is a
journey of unorthodox people working to build a culturally relevant
hip-hop ministry that is as unorthodox as much as it is innovative.
Accompanied with this compact disc is a DVD documentary that shares the
story of how a young Tommy Kyllonen moved from Philadelphia to Florida
and eventually became the senior pastor of one of a world renowned
hip-hop church. The DVD also features interviews with some of his
mentors, church members and ministry workers, as well as a footage of
services and a tour of the facility. When combined, both the CD and DVD
provide a powerful backdrop for showing just how much of an impact an
unorthodox person can have when they follow the Lord's lead.

Spiritual Significance

As I already stated, the purpose behind Un.orthodox is to provide a
music look at the testimony of Urban D and Crossover Church in becoming
one of the nations emerging young ministries that is really making an
impact on the body of Christ. With this album, Urban D focuses on how
he was able to create such an unorthodox ministry by combining three
elements: church, hip-hop, and culture. As we look at each of these
elements, individually, we'll see how Un.orthodox is built as an album
that will make you nod your head, as well as teach you what it takes to
be unorthodox.

Church: This is where it all begins. Without having Jesus Christ, Lord
and Savior, as the primary focus, you have nothing to build upon. Urban
D makes this very clear, as his rhymes are full of the Word of God and
his life is entirely focused upon ministry. When you listen to this
project, you can't help but to see the heart and the passion of Urban D
and the rest of Flavor Alliance as they spit bars for Christ that give
Him the glory and make the listener aware of the gospel message and
love that can be found in Christ alone. The song "Church," featuring
many members of the Flavor Alliance (Los-1, Legacy, Symalee, Spe©,
Rize, Pastor Derrick, Imperial, and Elijah� be sure to listen for his
verse spit in Japanese!) is a great example of this, as each member
shows what the church truly is: we are the church, a body of believers
serving Christ, and not just a place we go to on Sundays. That's what
church is, and that is the foundation that everything else is built
upon in Urban D's music and ministry.

Hip-Hop: Now, we wouldn't even be talking about this project if hip-hop
wasn't involved. Simply put, this is a hip-hop album, and Urban D is a
Christian hip-hop emcee, and Crossover is a hip-hop church. This isn't
anything new for Urban D either; as I said, this is his sixth album and
has five albums released prior to this one that all got plenty of
exposure. Knowing that music is a tool and vehicle for being a voice
today, emcees like Urban D couldn't help but us the voice of today to
get across the message of Christ, much like how the Apostle Paul would
quote many of his philosophical contemporaries to get the gospel
preached. The song "Hip-Hop," on this project takes us on a journey
through the history of hip-hop, starting in the Bronx, NY during the
70's all the way up to today where hip-hop is a multimedia giant and
the voice of an entire generation that is pushing nothing but filth and
garbage. What I really like is that the end of this song introduces the
listener to the Creator of hip-hop: God.

Culture: By combining church and hip-hop, Urban D is trying to
influence a culture for Jesus Christ, a culture that is entrenched and
a part of the hip-hop culture. This is what makes what Urban D is doing
so unorthodox; instead of trying to take them out of the culture and
make people into something they are not, he is taking uncompromisingly
taking Jesus into the culture on a level where people are able to
relate and understand. This is why Urban D has a hip-hop church and
ministry, because those he is trying to reach are a part of the hip-hop
culture, and he knows how to speak through hip-hop. One of the ways
that he speaks through and to hip-hop is with the song "Culture" where
he takes a look at the culture from a Christian perspective and points
out how the culture is currently overrun with pride, sex, and violence,
all of which can be overcome with the Good News.

Unorthodox: All of this together is what makes Urban D. Un.orthodox; he
is a man who refuses to deny who he is and the culture that he belongs
to, and is using it to influence an entire culture. The fruit of his
labor is clearly evident both in his pastoral ministry and music. This
is all shown as Urban D shares the testimony of his unorthodox history
and ministry on the opening title track "Un.orthodox." Urban D and his
ministry is unorthodox, which means that they are simply being real by
being who God created them to be, but the challenge is for you to do
the same, whoever you might be.

Topics Covered

I just shared with you the primary topics that are covered on this
album, but that only comprises a third of this album; there is still
another two-thirds that are unspoken for, and we will take a look at
the topics that are covered on these remaining tracks:

* Learning to appreciate what we have, and to stop always striving to get more (Appreciate)

* Straying away from the Lord, but finding our way back to Him (Home)

* Materialism, and how getting more will never leave you satisfied, but only Christ fulfills that need (Okay)

* Sex and how it is pushed in the media, pornography, and how we can use the Scriptures to fight and combat it (Temptation)

* Being on the grind to share the gospel and influence a culture for Christ (Hustle)

* The story of the Apostle Peter and how God was able to use him (Peter)

* Personal testimony from Urban D of how God blessed him and his wife
with their daughters, even when it looked like they'd never have
children (Purpose)

* An apology from Urban D for his short coming as a pastor and hip-hop
emcee, as well as an apology for Christian hip-hop as a whole (Sorry)

Track List

  1. Un.orthodox
  2. Appreciate feat. Surreal & DJ D.vize
  3. Church feat. Flavor Alliance
  4. Home feat. Bobby Tinsley
  5. Okay
  6. Culture Los-1 & Rawsrvnt
  7. Temptation feat. Demetrus
  8. Hustle feat. Spec & Jabo
  9. Hip-Hop feat. DJ D.vize & Reflex the Son
  10. Peter
  11. Purpose feat. Harmony
  12. Sorry

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