The Big Picture

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
If Da' T.R.U.T.H.'s 2007 Stellar Award-winning effort Open Book was his personal, inward-looking album, this 2009 follow-up lives up to its title and pushes outward in epic fashion. Drawing its inspiration from the state of the world and exploring how humanity fits into God's plan, The Big Picture -- and it's a really, really big picture -- takes the gospel rapper into undiscovered territory when it comes to themes, but even more so when it comes to musical genres. Dirty South-style production fuels the triumphant "Trumpet Blow," while "Great Wall" employs a grand arrangement somewhere in the vicinity of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly." "Talk to You" uses a bright beat ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
If Da' T.R.U.T.H.'s 2007 Stellar Award-winning effort Open Book was his personal, inward-looking album, this 2009 follow-up lives up to its title and pushes outward in epic fashion. Drawing its inspiration from the state of the world and exploring how humanity fits into God's plan, The Big Picture -- and it's a really, really big picture -- takes the gospel rapper into undiscovered territory when it comes to themes, but even more so when it comes to musical genres. Dirty South-style production fuels the triumphant "Trumpet Blow," while "Great Wall" employs a grand arrangement somewhere in the vicinity of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly." "Talk to You" uses a bright beat that falls somewhere between alternative rap and dance music, but the big fearless moment comes during "How Long" when the rapper tries his hand at straight-up singing over grown folks R&B. It's a success, as are the more risky songwriting moments, a case in point being "My President," which offers a holy alternative to the Young Jeezy hit of the same name ("Jeezy said my President is black, my Lambo's blue/I say my President's black, my Lord is the truth"). Through it all, Da' T.R.U.T.H. sounds comfortably at home, executing every experiment, epic track, or superstar collaboration (Kirk Franklin, Tye Tribbett, the Deluge Band, and others) with confidence and authority, but it's a testament to the man's understanding of the album format that he exits on the hook-filled and relatively light "Suitcase," a track that testifies over a Jay-Z-styled Brooklyn bounce. Track by track or as a whole, The Big Picture is Da' T.R.U.T.H. as usual, exceeding expectations and delivering heavy messages in appealing packages.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/21/2009
  • Label: Cross Movement
  • UPC: 881413003624
  • Catalog Number: 30036
  • Sales rank: 369,333

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 U Ready? (3:43)
  2. 2 The Big Picture Interlude (1:57)
  3. 3 Legend (3:48)
  4. 4 Tree to Tree - Tye Tribbett (3:34)
  5. 5 Intermission - Chris Graham (3:54)
  6. 6 Lost (4:45)
  7. 7 Trumpet Blow - Trip Lee (4:16)
  8. 8 You Made (4:23)
  9. 9 Applying the Big Picture (1:18)
  10. 10 My President (4:21)
  11. 11 Great Wall (5:12)
  12. 12 Fantasy (3:46)
  13. 13 Talk to You - GP (4:29)
  14. 14 That Great Day (3:01)
  15. 15 How Long - Deluge (4:46)
  16. 16 Pain (4:24)
  17. 17 Suitcase (5:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Da' T.R.U.T.H. Primary Artist
Melinda Jean Wilson Vocals
Ryan Moys Bass
Branches Vocals
Jeremiah Vocals
Jonathan Stockstill Keyboards, Vocals
Tia Pittman Vocals
Ross Bellenoit Guitar
Ilia Daniels Vocals
Eden Vocals
Trinity Vocals
Summer Rose Lambert Vocals
Sinai Vocals
Owen Salter Vocals
Nicole Lambert Vocals
Monielle Laney Vocals
Lyncoln Tribbett Vocals
Joseph Salter Vocals
Ilia Daniels Vocals
Emanuel Lambert Jr. Vocals
Corey Bastin Bass
Chabra Mercer Bass
Carlisle Jackson Vocals
Austyn Tribbet Vocals
Andrae Harrison Drums
Andrae Ames Vocals
Freddy Washington Jr. Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Chris Graham Vocals
Technical Credits
Ryan Moys Engineer
Tye Tribbett Composer
Tre Nagella Engineer
J.R. Producer
Tia Pittman Composer
Christopher "Jazz" Grant Executive Producer
Jerry Turner Arranger
Tony "Stone" Shepherd Producer
Kevin "Hothandz" Mayfield Producer
Jahaziel Elliott Composer
GP Producer
Emanuel Lambert Jr. Arranger, Composer, Producer
Dave Hackley Producer
Darrell Bell Jr. Composer
Andrae Ames Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Allen Swoope Composer
Freddy Washington Jr. Composer, Producer, Engineer
Steven Abramsamadu Composer
Courtney Peebles Composer
Jerry Turner Arranger
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