“C.A.E. = Christ Above Everything!” – Battleground City
Seems like such a simple mantra but with this crew it really is much deeper than that. Consider the tragedy and tribulations that fill a daily news line and each member of this crew has come face to face with personal challenges that would’ve had them as “just another stat” and this proclamation takes on a much bigger meaning. Triumph for them is fleeting for each moment brings a challenge. This is true for every one of us, yet it’s because of these things, that these guys have decided to set themselves up for judgement by proclaiming Christ out loud. Having been there, done that, temptation is everywhere and I tip my hat to them. Respect.
Musically you need a compare/contrast and I know this so, If Anointed & Gospel Gangstaz blended into one group, that would get you about half-way to Battleground City This is the best group mash-up proclaiming Christ since everyone shared the stage at the just past Dove awards. Having heard the group perform live I’m not just guessing on how hard their songs hit. I’m “testifying.” One of my favorite tracks is “Prayer For My City.” It was a direct emotion filled response to the Tucson tragedy that shook the city on 1-9-11. In short, the track is powerful. ‘Nuff said.
Battleground City is constantly working on all aspects of their craft. Flow, lyricism, beats, relevance and most importantly outreach. Shredding the stage at DV8? Again you say, sure why not? The most effective ministry is beyond the walls of the church. Fact. Work has already produced two compilations, “City of Ashes”, and each member is working on solo projects while staying united. “…iron sharpens iron…” had this group counted in.
The worlds measuring stick for Gospel music and it’s reach into mainstream society is… “How does it rate versus what’s on the radio today?” Well as hard as Wu-Tang repped the streets of NYC, Battleground City reps The Word. As a critic I have to say at worst this crew breaks dead even against anything mainstream. Period. Beats-Check! Lyrics-Check! Flow-Check! Add in that the message in these songs is above anything else you can find right now and these tracks might rank ahead of anything currently on the radio. Check out On My Face for another banger. Truth be told, you’ll be better off for listening.
BeEasy! -Sonny Flex