12 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Christian rapper Manafest (a.k.a. Chris Greenwood) confronts his fallen nature with a fearlessness that inspires something close to awe. Since his 2001 debut, he’s refined some of his more abrasive edges and turned up the melodic quotient of his tracks. Still, his essential instinct for truthful testimony hasn’t left him, as The Moment makes clear. Manafest has always spoken to the confusions and temptations of youth; though older and arguably wiser, he continues to display the urgency of a kid taking on a sinful world. “The Edge of My Life,” “Cage,” and “My Way” are empowering anthems that draw strength from the Savior. “Bull in a China Shop” conflates fast driving, loud sounds, and upfront faith into a hard-rocking whole. The Moment's emphasis on tuneful pop matches the outward reach of the lyrics. The born-again joy of “Love Wide Open” and the spiritual affirmation of “Diamonds” (featuring guest vocals by Thousand Foot Krutch’s Trevor McNevan) are bursts of welcome positive energy. “Don’t wanna be counted with the cowards,” Manafest declares in “Criminal.” Not to worry; The Moment finds him as valiant as ever.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Christian rapper Manafest (a.k.a. Chris Greenwood) confronts his fallen nature with a fearlessness that inspires something close to awe. Since his 2001 debut, he’s refined some of his more abrasive edges and turned up the melodic quotient of his tracks. Still, his essential instinct for truthful testimony hasn’t left him, as The Moment makes clear. Manafest has always spoken to the confusions and temptations of youth; though older and arguably wiser, he continues to display the urgency of a kid taking on a sinful world. “The Edge of My Life,” “Cage,” and “My Way” are empowering anthems that draw strength from the Savior. “Bull in a China Shop” conflates fast driving, loud sounds, and upfront faith into a hard-rocking whole. The Moment's emphasis on tuneful pop matches the outward reach of the lyrics. The born-again joy of “Love Wide Open” and the spiritual affirmation of “Diamonds” (featuring guest vocals by Thousand Foot Krutch’s Trevor McNevan) are bursts of welcome positive energy. “Don’t wanna be counted with the cowards,” Manafest declares in “Criminal.” Not to worry; The Moment finds him as valiant as ever.

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About Manafest

Born Chris Greenwood, Christian rapper Manafest kicked-off his career with a rap-rock sound, but later he changed gears and returned with a more traditional hip-hop style. Born and raised in Pickering, Ontario, Canada, Manafest made his debut in 2003 with the album My Own Thing. Glory followed in 2007 while The Chase arrived in 2010. The Fighter landed in 2012, introducing Manafest's more-rap, less-rock sound. The Moment followed in 2014 with Manafest now firmly in the category of hip-hop. 2014 saw the release of the single "Let's Go", featuring Dave Stovall of Wavorly, followed in 2015 by his entirely crowd-funded eighth studio album, Reborn. In 2017 he released Stones, which marked a return to the more rock-oriented style of his earlier offerings. ~ David Jeffries

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