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Solid Water (Fog Light Records)

A display of both deep Christian faith and strong musical skills, Science's Solid Water is a 16-track trek through religious themes over grimy beats. Though the production and vocal tone sound much like anything from a semidark, modern commercial hip-hop album (think Doom, Mood's 1997 masterpiece) the atypical lyrical content is devoid of diss tracks, misogynistic club numbers, and violence-inspired bangers. Instead Science elaborates on his faith, paints a spiritual picture of existing in the ghetto, and gives his take on the errors of modern mankind.

Science often sounds like an unapologetic sermon: "If it sounds like I am preachin'/I don't care/Be aware/The flames of hell burn/Pain, more than you can bear," he rhymes, driving home the concepts of living righteously and following the Christian way. Unflinching in his convictions, he drives them home as well as any MC or preacher could do.

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