Whosoever South- “Come On In”
Released: October 7, 2014
Genre: Country Rap
Run Time: 40 Minutes
Country… Christian… and Rap? Normally, you wouldn’t associate one with the other, never mind all three, but Whosoever South does it with excellence. In your head, you wouldn’t think that the combination would work, but it does. Some of there songs on this album are infused with dance as well which are creatively awesome sounding. I don’t know how they created such a unique sound and made it work, but it had to be God and sheer genius.
Whosoever South released their first album, Goin’ Home in 2013. One year later, they released their second album, Come on In, which I enjoyed more than their first. They speak about the country, and the melody is very much country sounding, but the lyrics are purely rap.
Come On In: Begins with beautiful lyrics describing taking a ride through the countryside: trucks, corn fields, open hearts and devout belief in the Bible. They describe the atmosphere as a “Don’t work, don’t eat” mentality. It describes the family style of country living such as home cooked meals followed by grace and reverence for the Lord. It is a place of good manners, no profanity, southern hospitality, giving to the Lord with a generous heart and sowing good seed. It is an example of godly living that we should seek to strive for. There is a profound usage of the harmonica to give a country feel with driving beats.
Get Down: Get Down discusses being lost, but finding Jesus. It remarks about towns praising Jesus and winning souls. It talks about “keeping it real” in the country. Discusses people mocking those who are praising the Lord due to ignorance, but when the bad things happen, those who praise the Lord will be living victoriously. The lyrics quote that it is not the pursuit of money (materialism) that matters, but family.
Sounds Like Home: Banjo musical interlude at the beginning and has an old-school country vibe before entering into rap lyrics. There are sounds that mimic a train whistle that it describes at the beginning. It equates the whistle blowing to the sounds of home and envelops the listener into the sounds and feel of country living. You feel the band’s love of country living in this song.
Rise and Shine: Rise and Shine is about walking by faith and not by sight. When we arise in the morning, God has taken care of all of our worries. It talks about not being deceived by Satan’s lies, but searching for the truth for yourself and digging into the Word. Also about running your “race” as God had intended, and being ready should Jesus return or God calls you home. It talks about our time being short to preach the gospel, and that we need to be ready.
Crying Out: Crying Out is a beautiful ballad and is about crying out to the Lord in times of desperation. The song tells of three stories and about crying out to the Lord when all else fails. It is about relying on His love, and who He says we are. It is about not letting our past dictate our future.
The first story tells about a broken home, and a mom telling him that he was a mistake. He watched as his father beat his brothers. To him, it felt like no one cares. He doesn’t fit in at church, and doesn’t know what love is. So he cries out to the Lord.
The second story is about a father who wasn’t there, and an absent mother. The girl was looking for someone to love her the way she needed. She found a boyfriend, and premarital sex led to a pregnancy. She found out the father of the baby didn’t love her enough to raise his child and left her to raise her child alone. Now she’s crying out to the Lord.
The third story is a father who left, and a mother on meth. Looking for money, the boy hustles selling dope on the street. No way to live life, and he’s crying out to the Lord. Very powerful ballad and all of the examples are relatable to many people.
War Going On: There is a war going on in the world for our souls. The song is basically a story. It begins with a couple drinking and partying. She got pregnant and wanted an abortion. The girl couldn’t do it and backed out. Now they have a baby which they can’t support. They don’t know what to do. The song goes on to say that no one wants to hear the truth (Bible).
Several years went by, and they are barely surviving. The father goes to sell dope, deceiving himself into believing that it’s a “business” that will make them money. Now he is addicted and ends up in prison. The mother is alone and devastated.
The son made it to middle school and is filled with hatred. He is not interested in school and has become very mistrusting in people. His heart has become hardened. He went to church and heard God doesn’t make mistakes. He felt that he was wanted, and it transformed his life. Now he preaches the gospel. God turned his world of darkness into light.
Survive: Survive describes the geography of the Southern United States and the culture. Mom said to work hard, and the Lord will take care of the rest. It is an area where God is all they know and don’t accept handouts because they are taught to work hard. It is expected that you treat others like you want to be treated, and live honestly. It is an area where moms worked hard and raised children.
Nothing To It: Nothing To It is an upbeat, fast paced song simply about moving to the music. In places it sounds a bit like a square dance with a square dance caller calling out the moves, and then the country element to it becomes infused with rap and dance. On paper, it sounds like it shouldn’t work, but it does! The arrangement is spectacular!
Down Here: Down Here is about living, praising the Lord, and raising kids in the country. The chorus becomes very fast paced, and then the tempo slows into the verses. It talks about God’s goodness, and that God changed their life. They then bring the listener to a tree with a tire attached to it. The listener can just picture it, and then they say that this is the place where they learned about life, God’s grace, and how to pray. It also discusses how God is always on time. It is another song on this album with rap, dance, and country elements infused in it.
Living Water: This is a very soulful song and about how God intervenes. Again the verses tell a story.
Little Jimmy was on a road when a drunk driver came speeding by and hit Jimmy. Mom screamed out to Jimmy and then to God. Jimmy died and went to Heaven. The song then describes the scriptures regarding what Heaven looks like.
An old man with a Bible who lost his limbs clings to his faith- it’s all he needs. He sees one man hailing a cab and works so hard that his children hardly know him. Another man is a businessman wrapped up in money. They encounter the old man who tells them that their lives can’t make them happy. The businessman thinks that the old man wants money, but the old man says that he doesn’t need it. He gives him ‘living water’ so that he will never thirst again. He shares the Word with them.
A wayward son returns to his mom with a repentant heart. The mom shares that her source of hope is Jesus and it changes his life. The song continues thanking the Lord for dying on the cross so that we can live again.
Country Crunk: One of my favorites on the track. Very catchy beat combined with the harmonica. Repeats the phrase “From the country and country crunk.” It is about celebrating being country inside and out.
Come on In is a very well done album and a work of creative genius. Not everyone can blend musical genres well, but Whosoever South manages to with excellence. Whether you like country, rap, or both, Whosoever South will appeal to a broad range of musical tastes.
This is an album that is so distinct, that you have to listen to it.
Many thanks to Brian Mayes from Nashville Publicity Group for allowing us to review this incredible album!
Interview with Whosoever South to appear in the winter issue of Faith Filled Family.