Milliyon is an artist I hadn’t heard from in awhile, but after a little research, I couldn’t figure out why. Maybe he hasn’t received as much blog or website coverage as others, but he has been busy working on projects since I was first introduced to him on Canton Jones’ Kingdom Business 2. Before he releases a new album November 12, Milliyon dropped a free full length project title #G-Code. I took the time to give this project a good listen, to give a legitimate review of this precursor project from this hard working brother. Allow me to unpack what I received from listening to #G-Code.
There was something Milliyon said on the first song on the album that shaped how I listened to the rest of the album:
“I swear I pour my soul, but he don’t wanna hear it
they want theology with metaphors on the high hats
but I ain’t like that, that aint my walk
no seminary, cemeteries is where I walk…”
Going into this album, I wasn’t sure what I was going to be walking into. I wasn’t specifically sure what #G-Code was or why I should even care. But I can personally relate to the feeling of being slightly frustrated when a certain style is popular and it’s just not how you get down. God created Milliyon to be him, and through this album, he is without any shame. Like he says, he’s not a highly theological rapper and isn’t the most metaphorically minded either, so know that up front, but one thing he is though is real and transparent.
Milliyon clearly represents Jesus Christ and crafts all the songs from a Christian perspective. The concept of #G-Code stems from living from the code of God’s grace in every aspect of your life. He lays out the meaning plain and simple during the 4th interlude. I would have personally liked to have gotten a description of what #G-Code meant a little earlier in the project, just for clarity’s sake, but it was still pretty much what I already thought it was. But like I said, you can hear the theme of how God has personally shown him grace throughout his life and throughout this project. So, I would say as a concept, he was successful in tying the theme through the whole album.
What I liked
One thing that can sometimes happen when a rapper isn’t the “deepest” is that songs can seem a little lightweight when compared to others. Some songs did have this feel to them, but not because of any lack of talent or ability on Milliyon’s behalf. What I really thought worked is when Milliyon touched on harder hitting topics than just how God’s grace has changed his life. The first song to effectively catch my ear because of this was “Dear YOU” featuring juju; a song dealing with the issues of suicide, backsliding, and dealing with tough times amongst the devil’s lies. I liked how he brought up the topic of judging amongst the body in “No Rulez” featuring K.P. The chorus worked so well, especially with the line in it that says:
“…and their messages are slippin’
but they still they’re a Christian,
I don’t know, but they might be!”
I know how critical we can be of Christian musicians, and this line should be how we handle speculation of someone’s authenticity of ministry if they may have different ministry avenues than us, when we don’t know them personally at all. I also loved K.P.’s style of rapping on this track. It fit so well.
One thing that I love is that when free projects or mixtapes DON’T have mixtape quality tracks behind the vocals. This project is full of nice tracks by some producers I had not heard of, but you can’t go wrong with a few tracks by Tone Jonez. Despite being free, the only track that I felt was lacking any presence was the song “PUSH.” Otherwise, all of the music on this project was pleasant to the ear, even the interludes.
The diversity in the body of Christ by definition is counter cultural. The music industry is all about jumping on the bandwagon of whatever is hot and running the money train to victory. And sadly, part of the Christian/Gospel genre has had some small infiltration of this business mindset in it. But I think it should be honored when an artist flat out refuses to do that and stands with the convictions of how he does it.
Not everyone wants the most theologically deep rap at all times, and while I can be one who sometimes feels like I do, I recognize how everyone’s unique musical style and rap ability fits into God’s grand plan to reach the lost at any level they may be. Milliyon made a straightforward project that displays the Lord’s grace in his life. For anyone still learning the ins and outs of the Word, this kind of project can be the lifeblood of their day to day activities. And it doesn’t hurt that the music is good, as I found myself nodding my head along many times during my review. I recommend sharing this throughout your community and to those who may be getting to know the Lord deeper for the first time, because it’s spoken in a language that can be understood by any non-believer as well.