Many music artists feature guest artists on their albums to enhance the sound of certain tracks. Independent Christian hip-hop artist Jonathan Snell has no exception when it comes to his music album, “Almost There.”
In fact, Snell claims he isn’t the main writer, Christ helped. Snell is only a vessel.
Snell, who goes by the stage name “Servant,” has released his album. Given his stance as an independent artist, Snell’s musical work can easily be compared to the pros in the industry.
Some independent artists struggle with numerous obstacles such as the lack of quality sound equipment and catchy songs without the assistance of other musicians.
Those obstacles may seem like mountains to fellow independent artists, but by the presentation and sound of Snell’s music, he made those obstacles look like mere steps.
The album’s title means more than just beginning a relationship with Jesus Christ. “Almost There” tackles controversial issues such as man’s love of money and premarital sex.
Christian hip-hop can be difficult to listen to sometimes. Lyrics in a rap song are similar to a preacher’s sermon. Snell made the difference clear on his album. Every song has a decent rhythm and the songs aren’t condemning anyone to hell. The album is informative.
Major recording Christian hip-hop artists have made an impression on the industry as a whole with their wholesome music and a delivery that’s competitive on all levels.
Given their major record deal, more work and money goes into producing their albums.
While the outcome may be great, the true message coming from a Christian artist can sometimes be lost and the finished project may sound a bit too secular.
Referencing the Bible several times throughout the album, “Almost There” could almost be a rhythmic audio bible, but Snell’s voice is what could draw listeners in to hear his full message.
Snell’s voice is filled with purpose and confidence unlike other mainstream rappers.
On the track “Sin,” Snell explains how and why man is born into transgression. Snell’s powerful voice is heard easily as he goes from a subtle rap voice to a nearly raspy toward the end. That’s showing heart.
On “Almost There,” Snell isn’t the best rapper and he doesn’t have a lot of hard-hitting punch lines, but his sheer passion, originality and presentation may earn him a few doubtful listeners.