The sophomore album from Tedashii, Identity Crisis, drops on May 26. I’ve been blessed to get a sneak-peak at the album courtesy of Reach Records.
This is a true concept album, centering on the human crisis known as sin and the only true solution found in Christ. In general, the album is very upbeat and fast-paced. Tedashii even enlists all the 116 clique members — Lecrae, Trip Lee, Sho Baraka — as well as Flame and Stephen the Levite.
The album begins with a scintillating piece on piano, and a very poetic intro as Tedashii tells us that our true image, the “imago dei,” has been tarnished by our sin. “I Work” picks up on this and reveals that restoring this image doesn’t come through work, but by faith in Christ. Track 4, “26s,” is an up-tempo call to flee materialism (based on Lecrae’s “The King,” from Jesus Musik). Tracks 6, 9, and 14 make up a short story series that communicates the journey of a Christian starting with “We Fell,” moving to “Adoption,” and finishing with “Church.”
Tedashii turns up the heat on track 7 with “Make War.” The song starts with a “sermon jam” featuring audio by John Piper from his sermon “How to Kill Sin.” For me, this was the signature track on the album. Christ solves our identify problem by his power, not so that we become exempt from the war, but so that we can attain victory in the fight. In righteous violence against his sin, Tedashii sings, “Break with me, break with me…’cause sin never sleeps, it’s got me in a trench, you can see it in my dreams. Man I beat my flesh to the death, every breath like I beat my chest. Sun up, sun down…against lust, against pride, against me, ’til I die.”
“Fresh,” track 11, preaches Christ converting us to himself and washing our stained image free from sin. The next track, “Thank You,” is a worship song proclaiming, “Thank you [Jesus] for saving my life.”
Bottom line: this album is incredibly Christ-centered and it’s doused with fluid poetry, intense beats, and radical calls to repentance and mission in a world with a terrible identity crisis. In essence, it is a musically driven, urbanized sermon series on the story of redemption, focusing on God’s sovereign work in the life of the believer.
Pre-order the album today and it will be shipped immediately.