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Welcome to Diverse City

Welcome to Diverse City

4.9 82
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 the


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.

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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
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
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
Bryon "Mr. Talkbox" 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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Welcome to Diverse City 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
diverse city is the best cd i've heard in a long time. it's got popular beats, but good lyrics, not at all suggestive. and tru-dog is sooooo cute!!! tobymac's momentum and momentum remix are phenomonal, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Diverse City is one of my favorite cds! It has a great mixture of music and is very entertaining. The music is upbeat and fun to sing along to! I definately recommend this cd to everyone! TOBYMAC ROCKS!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i luv this CD!! i listen to it like every day! you do toby! my fav song in this is definally GOTTA GO. i think it funny and soo cool at the same time! BTW toby, you can move into MY atmosphere ANY time. i would also burn for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Toby Mac created an awesome album, with Diverse City, the diverse sounds of rock, rap, hip-hop, and funk make this album one of a kind. I guarantee that you will love it!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Toby is the man! A raw mix of musical talent and his love for God shines completely throughout the album. Parents buy this for your children!!! You will not be disappointed from the results
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been deeply into Christian Rock since 1998, and I have been a fan of DC Talk from the begining. Now that Toby is on his own, his music is a combination of rap, R & B, and rock. So many of my friends have been turned on to Toby Mac and his great music. Diverse City uses many musical techniques that are unused by artists today. The songs are so unique and unlike any other. I highly reccomend this CD. The message and music are so awesome. - Warren David of Holy Roar -
Guest More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Diverse City is truly diverse not only in the way it promotes racial diversity but in the way it displays a wide array of musical styles. From soft rap (Hey Now, Atmosphere, Poetically Correct)to almost hard rock(The Slam)to fun songs (Trudog:The Return)to songs that truly show tobyMacs faith in God(Burn For You, Gotta Go, Catchafire)plus more, the album tuly does have mass appeal to most musical genres. Whether you are looking for music that is hard-core christian or just something to help you escape from the world for a little while, Welcome to Diverse City is definitely a good buy. I personally can't wait for Tobys next album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tobymac's music has changed my life in so many ways and this is his best ever. Its thought provoking, inspirational, and its got a funky beat too! I strongly recommend it to anyone who loves great music with a great message!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was probably the best christian rap CD i have ever heard if u dont have it your missing out on something incredible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would really recommend this CD. It is powerful but still cool! My favorite song is GONE. He tells girls to never let a guy disrespect them. I would also recommend that you go see the Diverse City Tour.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is the greatest it makes you want to get up and dance. also it makes you want to praise the lord in song. i love this cd. this is one you have to buy!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is great. It is a must have for anyone that likes rock, rap, soul, whatever. Diverse City is a very good title for this cd, because it is very diverse. Tobymac continues to amaze.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this cd.It is so awesome.I got this one before any of the other ones.Toby just sends out a great and powerful message in his music.All of the tracks on this album are awesome.I especially like Atmosphere.It is a powerful song that has a lot of meaning in it.I love both versions of that song.All in all Toby is a awesome man and a great song writer,and he defintly showed it on this album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This just in that christian rap artist Toby Mac has changed the history of Christian hymes.He has changed the music for good with his hit songs "Irene","Diverse City",and many more!No longer any boring songs that could give anyone the zzzzzzzzz's!Toby Mac has made Christian music fun and hip hoppy!!!I recomend this cd to anyone who enjoys music!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Waiting for TobyMac to give us another great Cd was well worth it! TobyMac has stepped it up in the music department when he came out with Welcome to Diverse City. They blend so much into this Cd that you can listen to it and never get tired. It is truely an inspiration.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is so totally awesome if you like Christian Rock. Tobymac is totally devoted to God in his music and I love it! God is so totally awesome too! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was a good follow-up to Momentum, but not a great one. There were a couple of tracks that could have been left off of the CD ("Slam" and "Getaway Car" in my opinion), but the quality of the other tracks nearly make up for it. "Stories (Down to the Bottom)" is a great track that lets you know that everyone has problems but no problem is too big for God. And, of course, tobyMac's son, Tru-Dog is back on the scene with another track. His skills are definetly improving with each album. This CD is a must have for all toby Mac fans. I can't wait for the remix of this album to come out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say, after hearing this album, there is nothing like it! My style is usually more acoustic but this guy really knows how to catch everyone's attention and interest! I would recommend this album to absolutely anyone who likes a good listen, no matter your style. It's great that this album is one that you can just pop in and listen to in full, instead of having a few preferred tracks. The whole track listing has something special in each song. Check it out yourself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though I don't own the CD myself, my friend at camp had it. And I totally flipped for it. Totally awesome is this Artist!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one will be crossing over charts like nothing from the Christian industry will. This album displays Toby's ability to share that mike until the project bulges with talent. Almost as good as a night at the Apollo. Very few cd's have five or more talented songs per disc...and this ONE has over ten~ Best pick: "Happy Birthday Irene", encouraging every woman who has had it hard in this world. Breathes the word of God over every girl heart that hurts, and shows compassion from a man to a woman. Not to mention the sweet spanish guitar licks ..cool. I have met Toby at CBA and he shares his life as compassionately as you might hope for. This man is sold out for Jesus and music. Aimee
Guest More than 1 year ago
Diverse City is the CD that will change your view of christian rock.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really good cd to buy having all different types of genres of music to hip hop, rock, pop, funk, and everything in between with a good message in every song. it's guranteed you will get what you payed for.And I am proud to be on his Street Team.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This latest album from Toby Mac has been long awaited and it was definatly worth the wait. Toby takes his music and raises it to the next level. I like every song on this album. I do not think that there is one bad song on this album. One song that really helped me to a difficult time. The song was "Gone". I had just stopped working for a band and this song spoke so much about how i was feeling. I would recommend this album to anyone at any age.