Milliyon closes out the year of 2013 with his full length album I Live Milliyonic. It is the sequel to his October release #G-Code. With two projects almost equal in song capacity released so close together, I was curious to see how complete this project would sound compared to the previous one. After giving this project a few listens, I dare say that Milliyon was holding back on G-Code so that I Live Milliyonic was a more impressive piece of work. Allow me to breakdown what I received from this album.
Like his previous project, Milliyon stakes his claim in the CHH world by being very transparent in his reasoning for doing music at all. And once again, I could relate to him on a topic that I feel gets in the way of some music ministries, as he says:
“I’m sorry, I don’t do religion or religiosity, I don’t do doctrine or denomination, I’m here to spread the message to an uncountable number of people that a relationship with Jesus Christ is the MOST important, life altering decision you will ever make.”
In his own unique way, Milliyon brings forth an album all about living a lifestyle that reflects Christ and spreads the message of the gospel, without raising any questions of intent. As a plus, it take less time to name the songs that are less Gospel/worship based than to name all the songs that feel like they were created to be performed live in a worship concert.
I had to chuckle a few times at how he put some bars together in a few songs, but I’m not one to come down hard on someone’s form of creativity just because it’s different. The “difference” doesn’t get in the way of song flow. Those few “party/fun” songs aside, this album is full of modern tracks with vertical hooks, vertical verses, and communal praise songs with rap verses; songs like “You’re Love is Amazing” and “You Can Be Free,” feel like they were made specifically for a youth conference or deliverance service. I wasn’t expecting that at all, but I found myself loving it.
What I liked
Overall, musically, it was good. I like diversity in my albums because I have had enough of the trap beats. Overkill is overkill. There were some tracks I enjoyed more than others, but there weren’t any songs that I said “I don’t like this.” I’m not sure who produced each track, but I enjoyed the handful that felt like they were played by a live band, and a few tracks had the infamous tag of Black Knight on it. I enjoyed the songs, but a few stood out in particular, as I went about my day. Transitioning from #G-Code to I Live Milliyonic, I really liked the different styles of music represented in this album.
There is one part of the album when a mellow track entitled “Kickin It,” comes in and presents a storyline that made me reminisce about the first time I heard “Cute” by Canton Jones. This remix does a great job of going back to a fun type of storytelling (in my opinion) that I felt hasn’t been heard in a long time. I also really liked the composition of “Run After You.” I was grabbed by this song the second the first note began because it’s the heart cry of any serious Christian. And I’m pretty sure my favorite song may be “Hallelujah,” because for days after I heard the album for the first time, I woke up humming/singing the chorus. Nothing greater than to be stuck in a loop singing to The Lord: “Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! You’re my everything!”
I feel that this album represents Milliyon’s heart more than #G-Code does. Not to say that he wasn’t being himself in his previous project, but I felt like he kept a lot of the songs that displayed his heart on the shelf, so that they could be used for this one. If you want a clone of what everyone else is doing out there, then this album is not for you. Milliyon is and always will be himself; Unashamed of his style and unashamed of his desire to fill his projects with songs that are filled with worship, the gospel, and having fun in Christ above everything else. I don’t see that changing anytime soon. If you like songs that are a fusion of rap and worship, if you like songs that can make you dance, if you like songs that can get stuck in your head for a good reason, then you will enjoy I Live Milliyonic.