Stop the Funeral

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On his fourth solo album, the Ambassador, aka William Branch, continues to rap on behalf of his Christian beliefs. Branch may possess a Masters degree in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, but as a rapper, he is concerned with spreading the message through the usual patter and doggerel, employing a vernacular speech peppered with contemporary references. He is not above cliché, noting, for instance, in the lead-off track, "A-M," that Jesus Christ is "more than the best thing since sliced bread." Sports provide useful touchstones, as when, in "Mind Made Up," the Resurrection is compared to heavyweight boxer Mohammad Ali's "rope-a-dope" strategy in his 1974 ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On his fourth solo album, the Ambassador, aka William Branch, continues to rap on behalf of his Christian beliefs. Branch may possess a Masters degree in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, but as a rapper, he is concerned with spreading the message through the usual patter and doggerel, employing a vernacular speech peppered with contemporary references. He is not above cliché, noting, for instance, in the lead-off track, "A-M," that Jesus Christ is "more than the best thing since sliced bread." Sports provide useful touchstones, as when, in "Mind Made Up," the Resurrection is compared to heavyweight boxer Mohammad Ali's "rope-a-dope" strategy in his 1974 comeback fight against George Foreman and when, in "Pop Pop Pop," the Lord is seen as an unbeatable basketball player: "Nobody can block his free throw." Film and television also come up, whether Branch is mentioning Forrest Gump or Crash, or, in "Favor," noting "We were desperate like them housewives" before God's favor was obtained. And miracles are updated to contemporary needs in the same song: "He didn't even have TV, now he has cable." Branch sets his raps to familiar hip-hop beats and employs sung choruses like his secular peers, who also come in for comment, if not by name. "Somebody said it's a hard knock life," Branch says in "Trust in You," meaning Jay-Z (who was in turn quoting the orphans in the musical Annie), "but I got a hard knock Christ." Some of the faithful may find such pop culture associations irreverent, but the Ambassador is trying to negotiate with a new, young audience in Stop the Funeral, and one of Christianity's qualities has always been its remarkable adaptability across cultures, which believers cite as a mark of the universality of its message of redemption.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2011
  • Label: 220 Entertainment
  • UPC: 044003139220
  • Catalog Number: 001
  • Sales rank: 171,620

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A-M (3:30)
  2. 2 Get With Us (4:02)
  3. 3 Mind Made Up (4:46)
  4. 4 Pop Pop Pop (3:56)
  5. 5 Up Down (4:03)
  6. 6 Favor (4:31)
  7. 7 Bring You Out (3:47)
  8. 8 Talk This Way (4:24)
  9. 9 Crumbs (4:51)
  10. 10 Trust In You (4:30)
  11. 11 Nothing Like Us (3:48)
  12. 12 Your Love (3:53)
  13. 13 Put It Down (4:09)
  14. 14 The Reunion Cypha - Cruz Cordero (7:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Ambassador Primary Artist
Sean Simmonds Vocals
Joseph Prielozny Guitar
Diamone Vocals
Technical Credits
Jeff Adams Executive Producer
Herb Powers Mastering
Alex Medina Producer
Kelvin Wooten Producer
Sean Simmonds Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Lee Jerkins Producer
Canton Jones Composer
David Hackley Jr. Composer, Producer
S. Simmonds Composer
Mario Maitland Additional Production
A. Medina Composer
William Branch Composer
Raymond Castro Producer
Alex "Big Juice" Hitchens Producer
Al Marks Executive Producer
Cheesebeats Producer
Jonah Sorrentino Composer
Israel Musiq Producer
Martin Lovelace Executive Producer
Gessie Thompson Management, Booking
T. Black Executive Producer
Richard "Sage Muzik" Roach Composer, Producer
Eric D. Foster Composer
Melissa Thorpe Composer
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