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Album Review

Producer and rapper Virgil Byrd, as Tru-Life, has been a part of the Cross Movement posse since the Christian-oriented label's formation in the '90s, but The Journal, Vol. 1 is his first solo album. As a hip-hop album, it has the clean, polished sound of a mainstream effort along the lines of a Jay-Z production: in-your-face drums, booty-shaking basslines, R&B-style sung hooks, that sort of thing. However, as Tru-Life points out in the opening "Just Listen," this is an outspokenly Christian-themed album, with lyrics that testify to the power of the Lord in no uncertain terms. The deliberate subtlety of much CCM — based upon the idea that suggestion is more persuasive than preaching — has little room on The Journal, Vol. 1. While this may potentially turn off some possible listeners, it shows an admirable courage of convictions, one which Tru-Life emphasizes in the passionate delivery of his earnest, emphatic, but not self-righteous lyrics.

Customer Reviews

Amazing production

This dude has been producing most of the tracks for cm since they got started, and the experience shows in his solo joint. The tracks are amazingly put together. This guy has technical skill AND Creativity. This, with his well-delivered message, is what makes this album a winner. Keep doin yo thing for Christ. Five Stars.

this aint tru life

this aint the Tru Life from LES.


this is an ok cd....not one of cross movements best, but still has its moments...namely 'just listen, right here, who He is'. its worth a listen

The Journal Vol. 1, Tru-Life
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