It’s been a minute since I’ve done a full review. It’s been difficult since the further along in grad school I get, the harder it is to fit everything else into my schedule. I’m definitely not going to forsake this blog because regardless of how many people actually read these or how busy I get, it’s something I love and that’s what matters.
Now that I’ve gotten that out the way, let’s get into this review:
Psalms of War is Atiba Halisi’s latest project. Back in July, I did a review on his album, War is Coming, and now I introduce Psalms of War, which is the second part to Halisi’s trilogy project.
Right off the bat with the first track, Corey Red, the listener should realize that this is not one of those albums that’s going to be a feel good album. It’s not one you’re going to walk away saying it’s a hot album because of the beats or anything surface level. Psalms of War is an album you have to receive both intellectually and spiritually. What I mean is that this album challenges both your faith as well as have the listener consider why we do what we do.
Psalms of War is a charge to those who claim to stand on the side of Christ, but it’s also a transparent view of how Halisi sees the things that are taking place around him. He challenges what’s considered the norm in society.
With a solid 16 tracks, there’s so much that could be said about this album. Each track opens your eyes to see things differently and creates a new outlook on our relationship not only with Christ but also our relationship and interaction with the world around us. Out of the 16 tracks, there are six I wish to briefly highlight that stood our to me.
The track Halo,presents the message of doing what the Father requires us to do. Halisi talks about how Holiness is required to walk this walk with Christ and that in doing that he’s album to walk in both the peace and authority that has been bestowed on him. It has to be understood that there’s a certain mantle that has to be carried out. There’s a consistent message that His ways are not our ways and that His thoughts are not our thoughts. This is a humbling and yet challenging perspective for believers. It’s a relief that His ways and thoughts are not like ours because He has so much in store for us but at the same time, we need to face the reality that what we think we know and believe is only but a grain of sand. Knowing that truth can make it that much harder to fully give ourselves over to the Father but Halisi gives another peaceful truth that despite of us, the Father is always mindful of us and won’t lead us where He won’t guide us.
The following track I wish to highlight is RealNiggvz?? This track plainly charges that we need more people to answer the call of dominion and authority. It’s time out for worrying about whether we are real niggas but time to proclaim ourselves as heirs of Christ, claiming our rightful place in the Kingdom. This track attacks the identity that has been falsely created and because of pride and other fleshly reasons, we prefer to claim our throne here on this earth instead of realizing the true throne awaits for us in the heavenly realm.
Track #13, How Many, brings about the reality of the innumerable amount of times we have failed, that we have fallen short. There are so many times when we (myself included), have given in to our sin nature and fleshly desires, knowing that we’ve let our Father down. Yet despite of it all, He’s forgiven us, He’s loved us and wiped our slates clean. Right along this message, Atiba reminds us that we are who we are because of Him. The track Ptrv Mvsvdv tells us that Christ is our refuge and our strength. It is through Him that we are able to achieve any true victory. It is through Him that we can press on and continue on this path for He walks with us.
The last two songs I wish to cover are A Hunnid 44 and Save Art. I feel that A Hunnid 44, based on Psalm 144, is the entire theme of this album. Blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle (v.1). The joy we have is that despite the battle, we know that our victory is already guaranteed. This Psalm and song go hand in hand that although man is like a passing shadow, He’s mindful towards us. Save Art is a worship song. A true song of vulnerability, transparency, but the greatest thing about this song is the heart of submission. The willingness to lay down our life as Christ did and sincerely say, Your wish is my command. Recognizing our Majesty in His Sovereignty and obeying His Will no matter the plan.
Save Art is probably my favorite track on this album. Only because at the end of the day, despite the battles, the trials and tribulations, whatever the hardship endured, there’s something to hold on to. At the end of it all, it’s about a heart of worship, a heart that will hold steadfast to the ‘Yes to Your Will, Yes to Your Way…Your wish is my command.’
I encourage everyone to get your copy of this album. As always, support kingdom building music, support Atiba Halis, but above all else, push the music of Christ so that His light may shine even in what may seem like the darkest place.
Get Psalms of War here.