Musgrove Music Distribution (release date: April 15, 2022)
By Robert M. Marovich
The overarching theme of So Good can be surmised from the artist’s moniker: Minister Redeemed.
The EP chronicles holy hip hop artist Elder Thaddeus K. Bruce’s redemption from “the dope house” of addiction to crack cocaine to the church house. He’s no longer “kickin’ it with the enemy,” as he details in “That’s Not My Name Anymore,” but is praising the Father for a glorious redemption.
As such, So Good is jam-packed with sung and rapped rhymes of praise and worship. To quote a few, Minister Redeemed is a “Sell Out” to Jesus and now he has that “Luke 2:52” kind of favor, which includes the “increase. . .in stature” that the Biblical verse promises. On the other hand, “I’m Calling,” which includes Redeemed’s most passionate and powerful vocalizing, is a plea for forgiveness. Within the EP’s narrative, it would appear to precede his salvation story and therefore the testimony chronicled in “That’s Not My Name Anymore.”
“Grace, Love and Mercy” is fueled by acoustic guitar and features lyrics from “Amazing Grace.” It is the most distinctive track on an EP of selections that tend toward sonic sameness. This includes the title track, which takes for its refrain the church aphorism, “My God is so good all of the time, and all of the time my God is so good.” The highlight of this piece is Redeemed’s litany of what and who God is better than, a list that, by the way, includes Jay-Z, Beyonce’, Ali, and sweet potato pie. Now that’s good.
Pick: “Grace, Love and Mercy”
Three of Five Stars