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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: Forefront
  • UPC: 724386641724
  • Catalog Number: 66417
  • Sales rank: 33,046

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hey Now - Coffee (3:44)
  2. 2 Catchafire (Whoopsi-Daisy) - M.O.C. (3:24)
  3. 3 The Slam (3:19)
  4. 4 Poetically Correct (0:56)
  5. 5 Atmosphere (4:07)
  6. 6 Gone (3:26)
  7. 7 TruDog: The Return (2:22)
  8. 8 Diverse City (3:56)
  9. 9 Stories (Down to the Bottom) - Superchick (4:40)
  10. 10 Getaway Car (4:26)
  11. 11 Burn for You (3:49)
  12. 12 Fresher Than a Night at the W (0:48)
  13. 13 Ill-M-I (3:29)
  14. 14 Phenomenon (5:19)
  15. 15 Gotta Go (2:49)
  16. 16 Atmosphere (7:07)
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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 III 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OMG!! TOBYMAC ROXS!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Got to hear IT!

    I love this CD. I listen to it at least once a day. It rocks. Everyone needs to hear it. Not only does it sound good, it also has a powerful message. Good job Toby!! Thumbs up. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT....

    Ablum and all of his songs! They're AWESOME!!! I couldn't live without this CD!!!! You should really check it out!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Music

    If you are a music lover of any kind then you will love this cd. It is inspiring and uplifting. I absolutely love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT CD!!!

    I love this cd alot.. i think i listen to it atleats 10 times a day, lol. I luv the song "Gone" and "Catch a Fire". This cd is great i encourage u not to think twice buy it,its one of the best cds i have! Toby is a good Christian, and great singer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    tobymac = awesome

    This is an awesome CD! You can really relate to the lyrics in the songs and, who doesn't love TruDog? I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IT'S POWERFUL!!

    This is an insperational cd for all of us teenagers, out here in this world.I would recomend this cd so much because,its not boring or fake, its real and fun!! it brings your spirit up, and most of all it teaches you!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this cd rocks

    i really liked this cd, ive hardly stopped listening to it since i got it!if ya dont have it yet, i think that you really should go get it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Diverse City is off the hook.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    tobyMac does it again!

    Toby Mac once again strikes gold with his album Welcome to Diverse City. It is an excellent mixture of upbeat rap, a few joke songs and soulful, meaningful worship. The song Whoopsi-Daisy (Catchafire) with Papa-San is one of my favorite songs, and the worship song Atmosphere brought me to tears the first time I heard it. I also enjoyed the fact that Toby brought in Michael Tait and Kevin James to complete the DCTalk trio for that song. I highly recommend this album to everyone, it is one of the greatest cd's I've ever heard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DIVERSE CITY IGNITES THE FLAME

    THIS CD IS AMAZING!!!! It only further proves that we don't have to put up with old hymns to listen to praise and worship music. You can have the type of music you WANT to listen to, but with a good message. Toby Mac makes several great points in his songs, and his lyrics are amazing. They really make you think, and that fire in your soul ignites when you listen to this CD!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DIVERSE CITY ROX!!!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Toby Mac - Welcome to Diverse City

    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 -

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is Awsome!

    I love this cd.I am so happy i have it to make me feel happy, and free. It makes me feel that i want the world to be a diverse city, and show the people what is real, Peace out, and if you dont have the cd, GET IT, its totally AWESOME!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Annie

    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!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Favorite CD

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For all the Freaks!

    This is definitely tobyMac's best album yet. It took a few years for it to be realeased, but it was definitely worth the wait. The album has a variety of genres, from pop to harder rock and rap. Great beats are great for listening to, and the inspirational lyrics are the perfect thing to help you make it through the day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Slam

    You have got to check this CD out! It is totaly moven! Do you need your spirits lifted? Well, you can't help but feel beter after listening to "Diversecity"! It will get you pumped up and ready to face life throughout your day. Great music to wake-up too, great music to drive too, & great music to dance too. Like I said, you gotta get this for your collection!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    The cd was by far the best i have heard in awhile if you want a cd that keeps you jumping and has a positive message and best of all it doesn't get repetitive i hav had it for 2 days and i still can't stop listening to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alsome

    Hey this cd is alsome. Toby hit off on this 1.If u don’t have it check it and buy it.(if u want)

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