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Between Two Worlds is the third studio album by Christian rapper, Trip Lee. The album was released on Reach Records on June 22, 2010.
Following its release, Between Two Worlds, became the 7th-highest selling digital album on the iTunes Store, going head-to-head with such releases as Eminem's Recovery, Miley Cyrus' Can't Be Tamed and Ozzy Osbourne's Scream, as well as Drake's debut album, Thank Me Later, released the week prior. Between Two Worlds was also the 10th-highest selling MP3 download on Amazon.. It is the first Christian rap album ever to go #1 on the Christian album chart beating out "The Generous Mr. Lovewell" by MercyMe.
"Even though Trip Lee already has three albums under his belt, I still picture the young rapper from Dallas as fresh meat to the ever changing Christian hip-hop scene. Since the environment is always evolving, artists must stay hungry in order to keep releasing good new material. Trip Lee does just that with Between Two Worlds, offering nice rap tunes with slight changes that have yet to be heard while listening to prior Trip releases.
The disc opens with "Real Life Music," a track that brings current Trip Lee fans exactly what they have come to expect: hot beats, straightforward Christ-centered lyrics like "Hanging on the coat tail of Christ who designed me," and a slight dis to secular rap. Maybe the fact that secular artists Eminem and Chamillionaire are also dropping albums the same day as Between Two Worlds, has something to do with that? One does wonder. Up next is "Snitch," a song about confession and "Invade" which showcases some softer singing and violin, two examples of those slight aforementioned changes. Other songs that also feature a fresh sound are "I Love Music," "Limitations," and "Yours To Own." Each song either displays unique background music or the vocal talents of guest artists that I haven't heard Trip work with before.
Other stand-out tracks would be "Prognosis," a great story-telling track and "My Lord," which displays bold lyrics like, "the only way to make it is Christ as my Lord." Perhaps the best tune listed would be "Twisted," featuring Lecrae as well as a few other artists. The beats are superb and with lyrics like "God did it, done it, got it, good" spit so fast, it makes for an amazing hip-hop joint. Another prominent aspect of this release would be the message that the artist is trying to send home. There are multiple tracks laid over beautiful beats that focus on topics ranging from giving all thanks to God to working hard to stay pure until Christ's triumphant return to rule this world. But all is not necessarily good here, however. On some tracks, Trip and the guest singer don't blend very well and every once in a while the production comes off a bit on the weak side.
All in all, Between Two Worlds is a very good hip hop album. There is definitely more of an R&B touch, but it is still a rap album first and foremost. It may not be Trip Lee's best work to date, but it is still better than most out there, and worth picking up the day that it comes out." -JesusFreakHideout
"What more can be said about Trip Lee, Reach Records' youngest artist, other than he (by God's grace) is one of the best up and coming rappers in CHH. While "If They Only Knew" was a pretty good introduction and "20/20" stepped up in overall quality, "Between Two Worlds" continues to once again challenge its listeners. This time around, T. Lee demonstrates that we must have a biblical worldview in this fallen world, but still look forward to what awaits us after this world passes away.
As "Real Life Music" plays out with an intro-feel, "Snitch" is a more anthem-like version similar to Sho Baraka's "Great Day II Die," which is basically about killing your sin. Violins coupled with J Paul's vocals definitely compliments Trip's plea for the Lord to invade this broken world in "Invade." As "Prognosis" clearly shows, Trip Lee has always had the knack to perfectly change up styles and make them work. His harmonic chorus is thankfully provided by Trip himself, with no hint of auto tune at all. The next two tracks, "No Worries" and "Covenant Eyes" are not only album-favorites, but will definitely be worthwhile seeing live. I would go into detail, but everything about these tracks is amazing.
With another guest artist for the hook and a mellow synth beat, "Life 101" would've fit perfectly on Trip's last album since it discusses how life is viewed when there isn't a focus on the life after this one. "I Love Music,' while is the most diverse track on the album, gives us an insight into Trip and his musical influence in his younger days. The instrumentation on "Limitations" is also a different sound for Trip, along with "Yours To Own" and it's guest artist Jimmy Needham. This comes across natural since T. Lee was featured on Needham's latest album; however, both these songs are different but good.
After a brief interlude of spoken word regarding apathy, "Twisted" is another album highlight but however disappointed me in the fact that Pro only provided the hook rather than an additional verse. But the slight let down is obliterated with "Bear With You" which includes Tedashii's strong verse and G-Styles' nasty production. The last two songs, "Show's Over" and "The Invasion (Hero)" both close the album with an rock-vibe and an anthematic proclamation. And with the bonus track "My Lord," the album ties together nicely into a perfect package.
While Pixar is known for it's continual success in the animation industry, Reach Records has put out another masterpiece. Trip Lee has matured, the album succeeds in every level, and the sound if more eclectic but never disappoints. Be sure to pick this up as soon as possible, and while you're at it, get Sho Baraka's new LP as well." -ChristianMusicZine
"Trip Lee's third full-length is going to once again solidify him as a star the way-to-small genre of good Christian Rap. I don't say that to dog on others in the game who are trying to put out quality product, but Christian rap is a tough sell to most. It is hard to put a positive spin on most topics that are fodder for genre of rap in general, or at least without sounding annoyingly preachy or laughably cheesy.
Between Two Worlds covers hard topics with ease and finesse driving points home about lust, being real in your faith, and struggles of the streets.
Not only are the lyrics poignant, but Lee's flows are change up more than enough to keep this disc spinning in your system for all 16 tracks and there are guests a-plenty to mix things up. He has a bit of southern flavor to his style with hints of T.I. and Lil Boosie, but yet he doesn't sound too much like either. The production on BTW is fantastic, a couple of beats could even be passed at Timbaland material without a stretch.
Several tracks really stuck with me on this one including "Covenant Eyes" which addressed the topic of lust. It reminds me of There You Go by Juelz Santana, but the message is polar opposite. It also features guest rhymes from Pro who has a cool style too.
"No Worries," feels good at high volume, talking about not worrying about things in the now, because his treasure lies above. A cool beat and straight street sounding rhymes keep this one from sounding like bad tract, and turn it to one of the stand out songs.
"Snitch" will probably catch most people off guard, putting a different spin on the phrase that carries so much negativity right now. It says in a way that we should "snitch" on ourselves to God and confess everything, private or not.
"Yours To Own" is worth mentioning for just how different it is from all the tracks, imagine Jason Mraz doing a R&B infused duet with T.I., weird but cool.
I would be slightly hesitant to recommend this album top those who are fans of more pop oriented mainstream Christian artists, like John Reuben, KJ-52, or Manafest, mainly because I think of them as hip-hop and not rap. Trip Lee has a more raw street style built on tough topics, big beats and a touch of R&B. But this album should resonate well with Christians and non-Christians alike who listen mainstream rap and Christian acts like J.R. and Lecrae, Cross Movement, Da Truth and even LA Symphony." -TheChristianRck20
"Trip Lee the southern gospel rapper has matured from his other two prior albums 20/20 and If They Only Knew. Trip brings strong flows, addictive beats, and great supporting rappers to make "Between Two Worlds" one of my favorite rap albums of the year.
Between Two Worlds opens with the song "Real Life Music" center piecing how good Trips returning flow is. Trip Lee says in his first song "too many spit that fake rap that most can't relate too". Trip Lee makes this a central theme, his flows are not about popping fifty's, getting ritch, or doing his thing in the club. Instead Trip Lee is enriching us with his personal struggles and feelings to spit that "real life music" that we all can relate to or understand were he is coming from. For Trip Lee "Between Two Worlds" is not about making stacks or approval ratings, its about making good music and reaching out to people who struggle with all the things that most rappers rap about. While most rappers rap about lust, car adultery and shooting people, Trip Lee understands we live in a fallen world and that the face of rap needs to change.
Trip Lee brings top notch beats by combining bass drops laced with violins and trumpets to bang hard on any sub guaranteed. "Prognosis" had me dropping me my mouth, I had to look it up to make sure Timberland had not made the beat for it. "Covenant Eyes" packs a punch from the moment the bass drops my sub woofer gos crazy. The beat from "Bear With You" was repeating in my head the entire night, and I had to run back to my computer a couple times to listen to it. These are just a few highlights, but every song packs a great beat.
The last thing that sells this album for me is Lecrae, Pro, Sho Baraka, and Tedashii, and Chris Lee and all other rappers that appear that are just as good and not secular. Lecrae appears in "Twisted" and demonstrates his ability to spit it in Midwest style. Sho Baraka appears in "I Love Music"with both him and Trip just sharing how passionate they both are about music. Pro spits it incredibly hard in "Covenant Eyes", I looked him up the second his verse came up, which is what guest rappers should make you want to do. Each rapper that appears is equivalent to Trip Lee in talent and anything secular out their. All these rappers are incredibly talented, and its nice to see rappers using there ability s to try and reach out to people instead of just making music for us to get drunk to.
Overall Trip Lee provides one of the best rap albums of the year delivering on personal experiences, explosive beats and just flat out uniqueness. Download a couple songs and leave comments of what you think you will not be disappointed." -SputnikMusic
Audio Mixer: Carlton Lynn.
With his feet planted in the real world and his eyes on the afterlife, Texas rapper Trip Lee brings Dirty South swagger to Christian rap on his third album, Between Two Worlds. Musically, this is pure Southern rap. The tempo is slow, the bass is low, and strings and synths create an almost cinematic sense of darkness and tension. Where Trip Lee changes things up is in his message. Instead of a world of jewelry and syrup, Trip's world is one of hope and redemption, showing an artist who's not trying to just get by, but is searching for a way to live his life right without compromising his ideals. Trip's message is one of positivity and faith rather than pure scriptures, but the religious message is certainly there. What makes it work is that he's able to get his point across without out and out preaching, concentrating more on telling a story than trying to prove he's got his Christian bona fides. Fans of Trip Lee's earlier albums will definitely enjoy this one, and while more secular listeners might find the message a little thick at times, Between Two Worlds might prove to be a surprisingly pure light in an otherwise hedonistic genre. ~ Gregory Heaney