About a month ago, we reviewed a music video for ‘Better Days’ by Scarborough Records artist Thumpz (pronounced “Tumps”). The single is from Thumpz’s newly released mixtape Cries From the Mount of Olives and, as is obvious from the title, Thumpz offers a Christian rap alternative to hip hop fans who share his born-again beliefs, or for those who are looking for something a little deeper than the average.
Cries From the Mount of Olives is a proclamation of faith, a seeking of forgiveness for past lives and present failings, an admonition to the short-sighted, social commentary, and, necessarily, street-corner poetry – often all in the same song – over pre-used beats by D-Flow, Kanye West, and DJ Premier, among others.
“Cries from the Mount of Olives” – the album’s first and title track, sets the tone both lyrically and musically for the ones to follow, as Thumpz grieves over his own sinful tendencies and those of the modern world, but then finds solace and hope in his Bible and the Resurrection story over an ethereal D-Flow-produced beat. The instrumental continues as, at the three-minute mark and onward, we get a sound bite of Toronto pastor Charles Price using marriage as a metaphor for being born again.
Producer StreetRunner’s soulful Lil Wayne track “Amen” aka “Cry Out” provides the inspiration for “Thumpz State of Mind (Random Thoughts)”, as Thumpz shares reflections like: “I ain’t know what the differences between a man and a boy were / So I decided to think back to the past and observe / You see a boy thinks after his actions occur / and gets back the reactions deserved / he don’t actually learn / But a man speaks with facts in his words / Experience helps his thoughts and how he acts is mature”
“Young and Reckless” is a more orthodox rap track with fellow Scarborough Records artists Brando and Skelly reminiscing with Thumpz as they were getting lifted and spitting cipher rhymes, with beats furnished by Beatboxerz.
The album closes on a strong Kanye West-produced beat over “The Message”. Thumpz strings together pearls of wisdom like “Be yourself and know what can come out of you / Change lives by the words that come out of you / and there’s more hate than love so they doubting you / So give your all like they scouting you” and “Fear nothing people say because actions speak louder than words”.
If you’re bored of hearing about rappers’ money, cars and women, you’re welcome to download the eight-track album for free (yes, free) from the Scarborough Records website or you can stream it from Thumpz’s Bandcamp page.