Epiphany (Manafest album)
Epiphany is the second studio album by Christian rapper Manafest. It was released July 19, 2005 under BEC Recordings. The release also marks Manafest's first label album, as well as the start of his long-time affiliation with BEC.
|Studio album by|
|Released||July 19, 2005|
|Genre||Christian hip hop|
|Producer||Adam Messinger, Chris Stacey|
|Jesus Freak Hideout|||
|New Release Tuesday|||
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." 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."
The album was awarded "Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year" for the 27th GMA Canada Covenant Awards. The same year, the song "Let It Go", off the album, also won "Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year". The following year, the music video for the song "Rodeo" was nominated for "Video of the Year".
|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, Gerhard 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|
|15.||"Mind Master" (2000 Demo, featuring Jusachyl)||2:51|
|16.||"Like a Dream" (2005 Demo)||3:20|
|17.||"Let It Go" (Spirit Mix)||4:01|
- Track 3, 6, 9, 10, 11 & 12 originally on My Own Thing.
- Manafest - lead vocals, executive producer
- Trevor McNevan - additional vocals on track 2
- Bre - additional vocals on track 8
- Jusachyl - additional vocals on track 15
- Aisha Jess - backing vocals on track 8
- Chris Stacey - opening vocals on track 1
- Relic the Oddity (Mark Morley) - scratching on track 10
- Melanie Greenwood - graphic design, photography
- Lyric videos
- on YouTube
- Epiphany was released on July 19, which also happens to be Manafest's birthday.
- The hidden track on track 13 entitled "Jimmy" was later released on the iTunes deluxe edition of Epiphany as its own track.
- The deluxe edition bonus track "Mind Master" was a demo song created in 2000, a year before Manafest's debut EP Misled Youth.
- The song "Let It Go" is not to be confused with Manafest's 2015 single "Let Go", featuring Dave Stovall of Wavorly.
- In second verse of the song "Manafesto", Manafest makes a reference to his old nickname "Speedy" from his days as a skater when he states "They call me speedy, so I'm easy on the breaks".
- "Epiphany review on About.com". About.com. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
- "Epiphany review on Jesus Freak Hideout". Jesus Freak Hideout. August 1, 2005. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
- "Epiphany review on New Release Tuesday". Jesus Freak Hideout. August 1, 2005. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
- "Epiphany (Deluxe Edition) on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
- "Epiphany on Amazon". Amazon.com. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
- "Manafest singles on Air1.com". Air1 Radio. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
- "Manafest Singles Charts on ChristianRock.Net". ChristianRock.Net. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
- "Covenant Awards Archives". GMACanada.ca. Archived from the original on December 18, 2014. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
- "Manafest's birthday - New Release Tuesday announcement". Facebook. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
- ""Let Go" Single on iTunes". iTunes. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
- "Manafest Explains the Meaning Behind the Name 'Manafest'". BC News: BREATHEcast. July 5, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2017.