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Welcome to Diverse City
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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]

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

Personnel[edit]

  • TobyMac – vocals, synthesizer
  • Coffee – vocals on "Hey Now"
  • Papa San – vocals on "Catachafire (Whoopsi-Daisy)"
  • M.O.C. – vocals on "Catachafire (Whoopsi-Daisy)"
  • T-Bone – vocals on "The Slam"
  • Max Hsu – keys and synthesizer on "Stories (Down to the Bottom)"
  • Dave Ghazarian – guitar and bass on "Stories (Down to the Bottom)"
  • Matt Dally – vocals and guitar on "Stories (Down to the Bottom)"
  • Brian Gocher – synthesizer on "Stories (Down to the Bottom)"
  • Tricia Brock – vocals on "Stories (Down to the Bottom)"
  • Melissa Brock – vocals on "Stories (Down to the Bottom)"
  • Brandon Estelle – vocals on "Stories (Down to the Bottom)"
  • Randy Crawford, TruDog – vocals on "Gotta Go"
  • DC Talk – vocals on "Atmosphere (Remix)"
  • Jaime Moore – synthesizer, bass
  • Mike Haynes – horns
  • Mark Douthit – horns
  • Barry Green – horns
  • Cary Barlowe – guitar
  • DJ Form – DJ
  • Gabe Patillo – beat box
  • Christopher Stevens – synthesizer, drums, engineering, bass, additional vocals
  • Solomon Olds – beats, synthesizer, electric guitar, bass, keys, Sitar, additional vocals
  • Joe Baldridge – beats, synthesizer, guitar
  • DJ Maj – DJ
  • Joe Weber – guitar
  • Mark Townsend – guitar
  • Tim Donahue – drums
  • Brent Milligan – bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Jeff Savage – synthesizer, additional vocals
  • Andy Selby – synthesizer
  • Dave Clo – guitar
  • Michael Linney – synthesizer
  • Robert Marvin – synthesizer
  • Josiah Bell – synthesizer
  • Lynn Nichols – guitar
  • Brian Haley – drums
  • Dave Rumsey – guitar
  • Paul Meany – bass, Rhodes piano
  • Darren King – drums
  • Tedd T – synthesizer
  • Damon Riley – synthesizer
  • Michael Ripoli – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Kyle Whalum – bass
  • Nirva Dorsaint – additional vocals
  • Jason Eskridge – additional vocals
  • Joanna Valencia – additional vocals
  • Tyler Burkum – additional vocals
  • Paul Wright – vocals on "West Coast Kid"
  • Byron "Mr. Talkbox" Chambers – talkbox on "Diverse City"

Guest appearances

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Watch
2005 Gone Youtube

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[5] 54
US Top Catalog Albums (Billboard)[6] 25
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[7] 3

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[8] Gold 500,000^

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

Accolades[edit]

On 2005, the album won a Dove Award for Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year at the 36th GMA Dove Awards.[9]

Uses in 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Christianity Today review
  3. ^ Cross Rhythms review
  4. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout review
  5. ^ "tobyMac – Chart history" Billboard 200 for tobyMac. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  6. ^ "tobyMac – Chart history" Billboard Top Catalog Albums for tobyMac. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  7. ^ "tobyMac – Chart history" Billboard Christian Albums for tobyMac. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  8. ^ "American album certifications – TobyMac – Welcome To Diverse City". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 10, 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  9. ^ 2005 Dove Awards – 36th Annual Dove Awards on About.com; Jones, Kim