Momentum (TobyMac album)

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Studio album by TobyMac
Released November 6, 2001 (2001-11-06)
Recorded 2001
Genre Christian hip hop, rapcore, Christian rock
Length 50:58
Label ForeFront
Producer Toby McKeehan, Pete Stewart, Jeff Savage, Randall Crawford, Mooki, Todd Collins
TobyMac chronology
Re:Mix Momentum
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 starsAllmusic review
Cross Rhythms 10/10 stars[1]
HM Magazine Mostly positive[2]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[3]

Momentum is the debut studio album from American recording artist TobyMac. It was released on November 6, 2001, through ForeFront Records.[4]

The album was well received and was nominated for a Grammy. It contains a message of tolerance and diversity in society.

Musically it has an urban pop sound which HM commented contains shadows of early DC Talk material.[2] In 2003, Re:Mix Momentum was released.


In the later months of 2000, DC Talk, announced plans to take a hiatus. In November an album, Intermission: The Greatest Hits, was released to commemorate the split. The next album, Solo, released on April 24, 2001, indicated that solo careers were impending. The first two solo releases were, Empty, released July 3 by Tait, and Stereotype Be released August 28 by Kevin Max. Momentum's release was pushed back due to the September 11 attacks, and was released on November 6, 2001.

Critical reception[edit]

Jesus Freak Hideout's John DiBiase claimed "Momentum does in fact live up to its title. It has [momentum], slamming the listener with truthful lyrics, an honest message, and infectious rhythms and rhymes."[5] Ashleigh Kittle of AllMusic stated "Momentum, an album reminiscent of DC Talk's early work, sets itself apart as a project highly deserving of the title 'much anticipated'. It is intricately detailed with layers of musical depth, combined with strong social messages such as racial reconciliation. And so it is with this release that tobyMac continues to reveal that he is indeed a modern day Renaissance man."[6] Cross Rhythms' David Bain said "This eclectic album takes you on a breathtaking tour of diverse styles from gospel, on 'J Train' which features Kirk Franklin, to hard music, 'Yours' and 'Extreme Days' (featured on the film soundtrack), to the more subtle shades of hip hop, 'Irene' and 'In The Air' (a take of a classic Motown hit), all with Toby's infectious touch of rap throughout. The mixture of so many styles on this project made it tricky to place it under a category — perhaps rock would have been just as apt! But don't let that put you off, as the production and lyrical quality is suburb, with talented contributions coming from the likes of DJ Form, DJ Maj, Pete Stewart, Mooki and Otto Price. A great album for group playing and personal listening as there is something for everyone (well, almost!)."[7]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[8]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Get This Party Started" Toby McKeehan, Pete Stewart, Michael-Anthony Taylor McKeehan, Stewart 2:22
2. "What's Goin' Down" McKeehan, Stewart, Stephen Stills McKeehan, Stewart 3:42
3. "Irene" (featuring Joanna Valencia) McKeehan, Randall Crawford, Stewart McKeehan, Jeff Savage, Crawford 4:12
4. "Toby's Mac" (Interlude)     0:45
5. "J Train" (featuring Kirk Franklin) McKeehan, Savage, Crawford McKeehan, Savage, Crawford 3:27
6. "Do You Know" (featuring Joanna Valencia) Gerald Goffin, Michael Masser, McKeehan, Taylor McKeehan, Mooki 3:55
7. "Tru-Dog" (Interlude)     1:06
8. "Momentum" McKeehan, Taylor, Stewart McKeehan, Mooki 3:23
9. "Yours" McKeehan, Stewart McKeehan, Stewart 3:52
10. "Quiet Storm" (Interlude)     0:34
11. "Wonderin' Why" (featuring Joanna Valencia) McKeehan, Taylor McKeehan, Mooki 3:42
12. "Somebody's Watching" (featuring Joanna Valencia) McKeehan, Taylor, Rockwell McKeehan, Mooki 3:15
13. "Triple Skinny" (Interlude)     0:32
14. "Love is in the House" McKeehan, Stewart McKeehan, Stewart 5:18
15. "Extreme Days" McKeehan, Taylor, Jamie Rowe, David Bach McKeehan, Mooki 3:40
16. "Don't Bring Me Down" (Interlude)     2:02
17. "In the Air" McKeehan, Glenn Galaxy McKeehan, Todd Collins 4:01
18. "Afterword" (Interlude)     1:02
Total length: 50:58

Music videos[edit]


  • TobyMac – lead vocals, background vocals, drum programming
  • Mooki – background vocals, drum programming, keyboards
  • Pete Stewart – guitars, bass, Wurlitzer, programming, background vocals
  • Jeff Savage – programming, B3, keyboards, turntables, piano, analog bass, background vocals
  • Brian Haley – drums
  • Barry Graul – guitars
  • Tony Lucido – bass
  • Dave Wyatt – keyboards
  • Michael Ripoll – guitars
  • Scott Savage – percussion


Chart (2001) Peak
US Billboard 200[9] 110
US Top Catalog Albums (Billboard)[10] 5
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[11] 8


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[12] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Bain, David (January 2002). "Toby Mac - Momentum". Cross Rhythms (67). 
  2. ^ a b Bandoppler, Treble (January–February 2002). "Reviews / Momentum". HM Magazine (93): 54. ISSN 1066-6923. 
  3. ^ DiBiase, John (2001-11-06). "tobyMac, "Momentum" Review". Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  4. ^ "tobyMac - Momentum (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs. November 6, 2001. Retrieved July 9, 2016. 
  5. ^ DiBiase, John (October 27, 2001). "tobyMac, 'Momentum' Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ Kittle, Ashleigh. "Momentum - tobyMac - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ Bain, David (January 3, 2002). "Review: Momentum - TobyMac - Cross Rhythms". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Momentum by tobyMac on iTunes". iTunes Store (US). November 6, 2001. Retrieved July 9, 2016. 
  9. ^ "tobyMac – Chart history" Billboard 200 for tobyMac. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "tobyMac – Chart history" Billboard Top Catalog Albums for tobyMac. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  11. ^ "tobyMac – Chart history" Billboard Christian Albums for tobyMac. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "American album certifications – TobyMac – Momentum". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 10, 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH