Weight & Glory

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Weight & Glory
Studio album by KB
Released July 17, 2012 (2012-07-17)
Genre Christian hip hop
Label Reach
Producer Dirty Rice, Coko Korinne, Black Knight, Andre Atkinson, Mark Mims, Maurice Tonia, Street Symphony, Alex Medina, Geeda, Joseph Prielozny, Cheesebeats (a.k.a. Tha Kracken), Halo, PK, Karac, Benjah, Sky, and ThaInnaCircle
KB chronology
Who is KB?
2011
Weight & Glory
2012
Singles from Weight & Glory
  1. "Hello"
    Released: October 28, 2011
  2. "Zone Out"
    Released: January 24, 2012
  3. "Go Off"
    Released: June 7, 2012

Weight & Glory is the debut album of Christian hip hop artist KB, released on July 17, 2012. It is a follow up to his 2011 mixtape Who is KB?, and was highly anticipated since KB's signing to Reach Records in 2010.[1][2] It features appearances by label-mates Lecrae, Tedashii, Trip Lee, and Andy Mineo, as well as Swoope, J Paul, Chris Lee Cobbins, and Suzy Rock, among others.[3][4] Producers include Street Symphony, Dirty Rice, Cheesebeats, and Black Knight.[3][4] The album charted at No. 34 on the Billboard 200, No. 1 on the Top Christian and Gospel Albums charts, No. 9 on the Independent charts, and No. 4 on the Rap Albums charts. Critical reception was highly positive.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
Christianity Today 4/5 stars[6]
The Christian Manifesto 5/5 stars[2]
DaSouth 4.5/5 stars[1]
Indie Vision Music 4/5 stars[7]
JesusFreakHideout Michael Weaver: 4/5 stars[8]

Scott Fryberger: 3.5/5 stars[9]

New Release Tuesday 4.5/5 stars[10]
Rapzilla 4/5 stars[11]

The album was received very well by critics. Christianity Today rated the album four out of five, stating that "Christian hip-hop doesn't get more fist-pumpingly urgent and soulful as it does when Kevin Burgess, aka KB, is on the mic."[6] The Christian Manifesto rated the album a full five stars and nominated it for the website's 2012 Lime Awards.[2] DaSouth gave the album a four-point-five out of five, along with New Release Tuesday, while Indie Vision Music gave it four out of five.[1][7][10] JesusFreakHideout was more divided, with one reviewer giving the album a four out of five and the other rating it three-point-five out of five.[8][9] Hollywood Jesus and Jam the Hype! were both favorable to the album.[12][13] Rapzilla rated the album four out of five, stating "Weight & Glory is an impressive debut album. Even though there are a couple songs I didn’t particularly vibe with, the overall presentation is great. Many start their careers with lackluster debuts, but KB hit this out of the park."[11]

iTunes chart position[edit]

Upon its release, Weight & Glory was reported by Rapzilla to have reached #2 on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap chart, and #11 overall within two hours.[14]Rapzilla urged readers to push the album into the top ten spot on the overall iTunes chart, and the album subsequently reached #7.[14] Jam the Hype! Radio subsequently urged readers to push it to the #1 spot.[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Weight Music" (featuring Jenny Norlin) Burgess, Norlin, Mackey, Eason Dirty Rice and Coko Korinne 2:46
2. "Zone Out" (featuring Chris Lee Cobbins) Burgess, Cobbins, Peavy Black Knight of Black Knight Creationz 3:13
3. "Anomaly"   Burgess, Atkinson, Mims, Tonia Andre Atkinson, Mark Mims, and Maurice Tonia 3:27
4. "Don't Mean Much" (featuring Sho Baraka and also Mitch Parks from After Edmund) Burgess, Lewis, Parks, Abbott, John Williams, Thom, Boller, Preilozny, Esmond, Okoth Cheesebeats a.k.a. Tha Kracken for LateBloom Productions, Benjah, Sky, Joseph Prielozny, Street Symphony, and ThaInnaCircle 3:37
5. "Go Off" (featuring Tedashii and Andy Mineo) Burgess, Anderson, Mineo, Medina, Cornelius Alex Medina, Co-produced by Geeda 4:28
6. "Mr. Pretender"   Burgess, Relliford, Mackey Dirty Rice 3:50
7. "Open Letter (Battlefield)" (featuring Swoope, Trip Lee and Jai) Burgess, Swoope, Barefield, Sims, Jaime Williams, Ezell, Mackey, Prielozny Dirty Rice and Joseph Prielozny 5:29
8. "Heart Song" (featuring Jasmine Le'Shea) Burgess, Sims, Prielozny, John Williams Joseph Prielozny and Cheesebeats a.k.a. Tha Kracken 4:37
9. "Angels" (featuring Flame) Burgess, Gray, Peevy Black Knight 3:28
10. "Tear It Down"   Burgess, Lightfoot Halo for ATP 3:45
11. "Church Clap" (featuring Lecrae) Burgess, Moore, Sims, John Williams, Prielozny Cheesebeats a.k.a. Tha Kracken 3:17
12. "Hello" (featuring Suzy Rock) Burgess, Sims, Prielozny, John Williams Alex Medina 3:06
13. "Here We Go" (featuring PK Oneday) Burgess, Taylor, Montgomery, Harris PK for PKALLDAY.com 4:34
14. "Zone Out (Amped Remix)" (Bonus track) Burgess, Cobbins, Prielozny, Peavy, Boldick Joseph Prielozny, Co-Produced by Black Knight and Karac 4:07

Charts[edit]

Chart Position
U.S. Billboard 200 34
U.S. Billboard Top Gospel Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Christian Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums 9
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums 4
U.S. Billboard Top Digital Albums 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Addison, Wil (July 15, 2012). "KB - Weight & Glory" (Web). DaSouth. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Peterson, Aaron (July 3, 2012). "KB | Weight & Glory" (Web). The Christian Manifesto. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Weight And Glory: Reach Records set to release KB album" (Web). Cross Rhythms. June 25, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Rogers and Cowan (July 17, 2012). "Reach Records’ latest hip hop Artist KB, Makes July 17th Debut Release of ‘Weight & Glory’" (Web). Breathecast. Christian Post. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ Jeffries, David. "Weight & Glory" (Web). Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Ham, Robert (July 17, 2012). "KB: Weight & Glory" (Web). Christianity Today. Christianity Today. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b JoshLLR (July 18, 2012). "KB – Weight and Glory" (Web). Indie Vision Music. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Weaver, Michael (July 11, 2012). "KB, "Weight & Glory" Review" (Web). JesusFreakHideout. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Fryberger, Scott (July 10, 2012). "Second Staff Opinion" (Web). JesusFreakHideout. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b mamachaca (July 17, 2012). "Jaw-Dropping Debut" (Web). New Release Tuesday. NRT Media. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Remy, Logan (July 20, 2012). "Review - KB 'Weight & Glory'" (Web). Rapzilla. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  12. ^ Watts, Nate (July 18, 2012). "KB - Weight & Glory: Hard hitting debut with truth in every verse" (Web). Hollywood Jesus. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  13. ^ Morden, Justin (July 16, 2012). "KB – Weight & Glory [Album Review] (Release Date: July 17, 2012)" (Web). Jam the Hype. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "KB 'Weight & Glory' #2 on iTunes Hip Hop/Rap & #11 Overall" (Web). Rapzilla. July 16, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  15. ^ Laxton, Mike (July 17, 2012). "KB’s Album, Weight & Glory, #2 On iTunes Top Hip-hop/Rap Albums (#7 Overall)" (Web). Jam the Hype!. Jam the Hype Radio. Retrieved July 20, 2012.