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Music Review: Fresh Manna by RIFICA

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February 18, 2016
Music Review: Fresh Manna by RIFICA

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£7.99 (Amazon)

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Track Listing

Track1
Guitar Motif 1
Track2
Different
Track3
Praise
Track4
Popularity Contest
Track5
Fight
Track6
Facebook
Track7
Instagram
Track8
Christian Rapper
Track9
Twitter
Track10
Trumpet Motif
Track11
Grandma Stories
Track12
Oh My Lord
Track13
Throwback
Track14
Guitar Motif 2
Track15
Loopholes
Track16
Addiction
Track17
Church
Track18
Victorious Motif
Track19
Best Friend
Track20
Tanika Motif
Track 21
Date Night
Track22
Cypher

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This album focuses on the reality that as Christians we are faced with tests and temptations. Musically, RIFICA is giving the listeners ways to overcome the loopholes of society. In times where the worldly is becoming the new "holy", God's people must stay focused and not get too comfortable.

When the Holy Spirit teams up with hip hop, it makes for a dynamic collaboration of Gospel Rap; a process RIFICA refers to as “the Holy Spirit downloading the lyrics to his brain.” This partnership in music attracts all ages of believers and non-believers the same. RIFICA showcases this spiritual encounter in each of his albums: Motivation, The Standard, and The Death of Me mix tapes. His unique style of artistry is both versatile and nonconforming. Known for his interactive “line dance” tracks, RIFICA creates a high energy atmosphere that would make anyone get up and join. Gospel Step, Gospel Wobble, and The Righteous Shuffle, are major hits in the Christian community and embrace the concept that you can have fun in the Lord, a great time in church, and that it’s exciting to be in Christ.

Editor review

1 reviews

Fresh Manna
(Updated: October 12, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
7.4
Vocals 
 
6.0
Lyrics 
 
8.0
Originality 
 
9.0
Value 
 
9.0
Personal Rating 
 
6.0
It's a bit of a statement from the beginning with this album which is entitled "Fresh Manna". Those who remember the stories of the Israelites in the wilderness will remember that God provided them with manna to eat. Every morning it had to be collected fresh apart from on a Friday when they could get enough for 2 days to last them through the Sabbath. This is the third album from the artist known as RIFICA, or RIF to his friends! RIFICA stands for 'Righteous In Faith Increase Abundantly' which is what this rapper wants to encourage us to do through this album.

RIF was an artist that I had never heard of in the UK before coming across his profile on twitter, but he is a rapper / hip-hop artist from the US who has been on the scene for quite some time providing vocals on other artists albums before deciding to launch out and create some of his own work. This album is the latest of these and is a nicely produced group of tracks running smoothly from one to the next. It's not all rap and hip-hop but there are some nice musical interludes as well. In fact the album starts with a short guitar "motif" and similar sharp blast motif's appear through the album.

RIF is mainly speaking to the Christians in this album, although I can see some appeal beyond listeners of faith with some of the tracks. Certainly the first half of the album is encouraging Christians to represent what they believe in every space they occupy. For the holy to show through in all parts of their life. In particular this is the case with three tracks named after popular social networks. By far Facebook has the most damning indictment from this rapper who concludes with "to be honest, Facebook is corrupt". I think that this is a bit harsh but I can see where he is coming from. Facebook can be like an addiction, wanting to check it, keep up to date etc, it can be a time vacuum. What seems to be a running theme in these songs is that people who claim to be Christians seem to show the exact opposite in their posts, tweets and instagram photos.

There are some great tracks on here, particularly "Grandma Stories" which is a bit of a walk down memory lane for the artist. Although these are his stories about his grandparents, I am sure that we are all able to relate to these and for some people it will bring their own touch of nostalgia.

In all this is a great and fairly long album with a serious message. We are called to be holy as God is holy, we are meant to represent God in every aspect of our lives. I guess this albums walks a fine line between humour, truth and condemnation and at times it feels slightly tougher than it might need to be as entertainment.

With slick production and a strong message there are few negatives really to point out. Some of the tracks do rely to heavily on repetition and the hooks which can actually begin to get annoying. RIFs rap voice is fine but some of the vocals (not sure if it's his or a guest on one track) don't quite seem in tune.

I enjoyed the album, Instagram is a stand-out track, and so is Praise which is demonstrating that no matter your circumstances there are many different reasons to praise God. Well worth buying the download and sticking in your ears!

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