Epiphany (Manafest album)

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Epiphany
Epiphany by Manafest.jpg
Studio album by Manafest
Released July 19, 2005
Recorded 2004-2005
Genre Christian hip hop
Length 47:03
Label BEC
Producer Adam Messinger, Chris Stacey
Manafest chronology
My Own Thing
(2003)
Epiphany
(2005)
Glory
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3/5 stars[1]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3/5 stars[2]
New Release Tuesday 4/5 stars[3]

Epiphany is the second studio album by Christian rapper Manafest. It was released July 19, 2005 under BEC Recordings.[4][5] The release also marks Manafest's first label album, as well as the start of his long-time affiliation with BEC.

The album contains the single "Skills" featuring Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch.[6][7]

Awards[edit]

The album was awarded "Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year" for the 27th GMA Canada Covenant Awards.[8] The same year, the song "Let It Go", off the album, also won "Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year".[8] The following year, the music video for the song "Rodeo" was nominated for "Video of the Year".[8]

Critical reception[edit]

As the album was Manafest's first step out of an independent status, the release only garnered a few glances from professional music sites and reviews. They were however, generally positive.

About.com applauded the album and stated: "On his debut release with BEC Recordings, Manafest brings a variety of beats to the table. Some serious rock licks back him up on some cuts, while he goes a little old school on others and then shifts to a more modern hip-hop sound on a few more. Lyrically, Manafest covers ground from witnessing to others to the pressures of living in the 21st century to living for God. Overall, this is a strong debut and it makes a big statement for this young artist."[1] Paul Portell of Jesus Freak Hideout went on to say that "Manafest's debut may take more than a listen or two to fully appreciate his talent and attempts at songwriting. If you're a music fan that isn't too picky on diversity within the confines of an individual project that fuses rock and hip-hop together, then Epiphany is the project for you."[2]

Track listing[edit]

Album release
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Rodeo" Chris Greenwood, Chris Stacey Chris Stacey, Manafest 3:14
2. "Skills" (featuring Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch) Greenwood, Trevor McNevan, Adam Messinger Adam Messinger 3:10
3. "What I Got to Say" Greenwood, Gerard Thomas, Messinger That Brotha Lokey 3:59
4. "Rockin' Me" Greenwood, Stacey Stacey, Manafest 3:10
5. "Not Ready to Die" Greenwood, Thomas, Messinger That Brotha Lokey 3:15
6. "U Don't Know Me" Greenwood, Stacy Stacey 3:58
7. "Quit Thuggin'" Greenwood, Mark Morley Relic the Oddity 1:21
8. "Let It Go" (featuring Bre) Greenwood, Thomas, Messinger, Aubrey Noronha, Nasri Atweh That Brotha Lokey 4:03
9. "Changes" Greenwood, Messinger Messinger, Manafest 2:50
10. "Manafesto" Greenwood, Morley Relic the Oddity 3:09
11. "Stressed Out" Greenwood, Messinger Messinger, Manafest 3:39
12. "My Life" Greenwood, Stacey Stacey 3:39
13. "Be Yourself" (hidden track: "Jimmy") Greenwood, Josh Macintosh Manafest, Josh Macintosh 7:36
Total length: 47:03

Personnel[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Lyric videos

Notes[edit]

  • Epiphany was released on July 19, which also happens to be Manafest's birthday.[9]
  • The hidden track on track 13 entitled "Jimmy" was later released on the iTunes deluxe edition of Epiphany as its own track.[4]
  • The deluxe edition bonus track "Mind Master" was a demo song created in 2000, a year before Manafest's debut EP Misled Youth.[4]
  • The song "Let It Go" is not to be confused with Manafest's 2015 single "Let Go", featuring Dave Stovall of Wavorly.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Epiphany review on About.com". About.com. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Epiphany review on Jesus Freak Hideout". Jesus Freak Hideout. August 1, 2005. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Epiphany review on New Release Tuesday". Jesus Freak Hideout. August 1, 2005. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Epiphany (Deluxe Edition) on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Epiphany on Amazon". Amazon.com. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Manafest singles on Air1.com". Air1 Radio. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Manafest Singles Charts on ChristianRock.Net". ChristianRock.Net. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c "Covenant Awards Archives". GMACanada.ca. Archived from the original on December 18, 2014. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Manafest's birthday - New Release Tuesday announcement". Facebook. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  10. ^ ""Let Go" Single on iTunes". iTunes. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
Preceded by
Fresh I.E.
Covenant Awards
Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year

2005
Succeeded by
Fresh I.E.