Welcome to Diverse City

Welcome to Diverse City

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by tobyMac
     
 

TobyMac's second solo release is full of hip-hop attitude, funky backbeats, and rock 'n' roll grit-the kind of forceful musical statement he's been itching to make ever since his regular band, dc Talk, lost their urban edge and became a celebrated Christian pop band. Diverse City is aptly named, reflecting musical diversity while making a lyrical plea for theSee more details below

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TobyMac's second solo release is full of hip-hop attitude, funky backbeats, and rock 'n' roll grit-the kind of forceful musical statement he's been itching to make ever since his regular band, dc Talk, lost their urban edge and became a celebrated Christian pop band. Diverse City is aptly named, reflecting musical diversity while making a lyrical plea for the kind of multicultural acceptance society still grapples with a full 15 years after dc Talk first made this point. Musically, Diverse City is full of surprises, from the teeth-clenching aggression of opening track "Slam" to the pumping dance goove of "Diverse City" to the radio-ready pop of "Gone" to the smooth Latin guitar work punctuating "Atmosphere." TobyMac proves himself yet again to be one of a handful in Christian music for whom the word "artist" is truly applicable.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Toby McKeehan (aka tobyMac) is a founding member of the celebrated Christian hip-hop/R&B group dc Talk, but has been slowly building a significant solo career for himself as well. His 2001 debut album was well received, and his sophomore effort is an impressive melting pot of hip-hop, dancehall reggae, and guitar rock. Like most such albums, it could stand to be trimmed by 15 or 20 minutes (the cutesy little kid cameo is overlong and unnecessary, for example), but at its core Welcome to Diverse City is well written, beautifully sung, and nicely produced, with a satisfying variety of styles and textures. "The Slam" is a sort of funky nu-metal (but that's meant in a good way); "Hey Now" is a swooningly hooky rock-R&B hybrid; "Fresher Than a Night at the W" is straight-up old school hip-hop. Best of all is the P-Funkified title track, which features a cameo by none other than Bootsy Collins himself. "Getaway Car" and "Phenomenon" should probably have been relegated to B-side status on a CD single, but they're not bad, just not up to the high standard set by almost every other song on this very fine album.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2004
Label:
Forefront
UPC:
0724386641724
catalogNumber:
66417
Rank:
1163

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

tobyMac   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Baldridge   Electric Guitar
Bootsy Collins   Vocals
Mark Douthit   Horn
Barry Green   Horn
Mike Haynes   Horn
Max Hsu   Keyboards
Brent Milligan   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar
Lynn Nichols   Guitar
Dave Rumsey   Guitar
Mark Townsend   Guitar
Tim Donahue   Drums
Paul Wright   Guitar
Dave Clo   Guitar
Joe Weber   Guitar
Jeff Savage   Background Vocals
Michael Ripoll   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tyler Burkum   Background Vocals
Darren King   Drums
Brendan Haley   Drums
Jamie Moore   Bass
Nirva Dorsaint   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kyle Whalum   Bass
Josiah "Chuks" Bell   Vocals
Brandon Estelle   Vocals
Christopher Stevens   Bass,Drums,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Paul Meany   Bass,fender rhodes
Cary Barlowe   Guitar
Melissa Brock   Vocals
Tricia Brock   Vocals
Matt Dally   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Ghazarian   Bass,Guitar
M.O.C.   Track Performer
Truett McKeehan   Rap
Joanna Valencia   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Randy Crawford   Composer
Joe Baldridge   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,beats
Chris Gehringer   Mastering
Greg Ham   Executive Producer
Max Hsu   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Toby McKeehan   Composer
Brent Milligan   Executive Producer
Pete York   Executive Producer
Stacy Jones   Composer
Marcelo Pennell   Engineer
Tedd T.   Programming,Engineer,Remixing
Kevin B. Hipp   Digital Editing
Joe Weber   Composer
Dave Wyatt   Engineer
Michael Linn   Composer,Programming,Producer
Andy Selby   Programming,Engineer
Jeff Savage   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Damon Riley   Programming
Kerri McKeehan Stuart   Groomer
DJ Maj   Cut
Jamie Moore   Composer,Engineer
tobyMac   Programming,Producer
Byron Chambers   Composer
DJ Form   Cut
Josiah "Chuks" Bell   Composer,Programming,Producer
Math   Producer
Rusty Varenkamp   Engineer
Robert "Aurel M" Marvin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Brandon Estelle   Composer
Christopher Stevens   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Editing
Paul Meany   Composer
Cary Barlowe   Composer
Melissa Brock   Composer
Tricia Brock   Composer
Matt Dally   Composer
Dave Ghazarian   Composer
Ivan Santiago   Composer
Solomon Olds   Composer

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