Welcome to Diverse City

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Welcome to Diverse City
Studio album by TobyMac
Released October 5, 2004
Recorded 2004
Genre Christian rock, Christian hip hop, funk, nu metal
Length 54:55
Label ForeFront
Producer Toby McKeehan
Tedd T
Max Hsu
Robert Marvin
TobyMac chronology
Re:Mix Momentum
(2003)
Welcome to Diverse City
(2004)
Renovating Diverse City
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Christianity Today 4/5 stars[2]
Cross Rhythms 9/10 stars[3]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars[4]

Welcome to Diverse City is the second full length studio album released by Christian singer TobyMac. The songs on this album deal with racial tolerance in society and a desire to know God better. Several other Christian artists appear on this CD, including Bootsy Collins ("Diverse City"), Coffee from GRITS ("Hey Now"), DJ Maj (Several songs), Papa San ("Catchafire (Whoopsi-Daisy)"), Paul Wright ("Street Interlude"), Superchick ("Stories (Down to the Bottom)"), and T-Bone ("The Slam"). TobyMac also reunites dc Talk on vocals in a remix of his song "Atmosphere", the last track of the album.

Track listing[edit]

Album release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hey Now" (featuring Coffee from GRITS) Toby McKeehan, Cary Barlowe, Jaime Moore, Stacy Jones 3:44
2. "Catchafire (Whoopsi-Daisy)" (featuring Papa San & MOC) McKeehan, Solomon Olds, Joe Baldridge 3:24
3. "The Slam" (featuring T-Bone) McKeehan, Christopher Stevens, Joe Weber, Rene Sotomayor 3:19
4. "Poetically Correct" (Interlude)   0:56
5. "Atmosphere"   McKeehan, George Crawford, Jeff Savage 4:07
6. "Gone"   McKeehan, Stevens 3:27
7. "TruDog: The Return""   McKeehan 2:22
8. "Diverse City" (featuring Bootsy Collins) McKeehan, Stevens 3:56
9. "Stories (Down to the Bottom)" (featuring Superchick) McKeehan, Matt Dally, Patricia Brock, David Ghazarian, Max Hsu 4:40
10. "Getaway Car"   McKeehan, Moore, Michael Linney, Barlowe 4:27
11. "Burn for You"   McKeehan, Robert Marvin, Josiah Bell 3:49
12. "Fresher Than a Night at the W"     0:48
13. "Ill-M-I" (Soul-Junk cover) McKeehan, Glenn Galaxy, Stevens 3:29
14. "Phenomenon"   McKeehan, Paul Meany 5:19
15. "Gotta Go"   McKeehan, Savage, Randy Crawford 2:48
16. "Atmosphere (Remix)" (featuring dc Talk) McKeehan, G. Crawford, Savage 4:37
Total length:
54:55

Music videos[edit]

Year Title
2005 Gone

Guest appearances[edit]

Charts[edit]

The album debuted and peaked on the Billboard 200 at number 54, selling 21,000 copies that week.[5]

Chart Peak Position
U.S. Billboard 200 #54

Awards[edit]

On 2005, the album won a Dove Award for Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year at the 36th GMA Dove Awards.[6]

Songs in popular media[edit]

Songs from Welcome to Diverse City, particularly "The Slam", featured many mainstream appearances.

  • "The Slam" is the lead track for the opening episode of Prison Break Season One.
  • "The Slam" was also used in the movies Into the Blue, Crank, and Never Back Down.
  • "The Slam" was also used by wrestler Matt Cappotelli as an entrance theme while in OVW, a WWE developmental territory.
  • "Catchafire (Whoopsi-Daisy)" appeared in the 2005 Usher film In the Mix.
  • "Gone" appeared on the Xbox and PlayStation 2 versions of The Bible Game, released in 2005.
  • "Diverse City" appears on the Xbox dance game Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 4, released in 2006.
  • "Diverse City" also appears on the show Veronica Mars in the episode "The Wrath of Con". The song can be heard in the background at the college party that Veronica and Wallace go to.

Additionally, songs from Welcome to Diverse City were published on four consecutive WOW Hits albums.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]