Epiphany (Manafest album)

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.

Epiphany
Epiphany by Manafest.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 19, 2005
Recorded2004-2005
GenreChristian hip hop
Length47:03
LabelBEC
ProducerAdam Messinger, Chris Stacey
Manafest chronology
My Own Thing
(2003)
Epiphany
(2005)
Glory
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com3/5 stars[1]
Jesus Freak Hideout3/5 stars[2]
New Release Tuesday4/5 stars[3]

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

Critical receptionEdit

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]

AwardsEdit

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]

Track listingEdit

Album release
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Rodeo"Chris Greenwood, Chris StaceyChris Stacey, Manafest3:14
2."Skills" (featuring Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch)Greenwood, Trevor McNevan, Adam MessingerAdam Messinger3:10
3."What I Got to Say"Greenwood, Gerhard Thomas, MessingerThat Brotha Lokey3:59
4."Rockin' Me"Greenwood, StaceyStacey, Manafest3:10
5."Not Ready to Die"Greenwood, Thomas, MessingerThat Brotha Lokey3:15
6."U Don't Know Me"Greenwood, StacyStacey3:58
7."Quit Thuggin'"Greenwood, Mark MorleyRelic the Oddity1:21
8."Let It Go" (featuring Bre)Greenwood, Thomas, Messinger, Aubrey Noronha, Nasri AtwehThat Brotha Lokey4:03
9."Changes"Greenwood, MessingerMessinger, Manafest2:50
10."Manafesto"Greenwood, MorleyRelic the Oddity3:09
11."Stressed Out"Greenwood, MessingerMessinger, Manafest3:39
12."My Life"Greenwood, StaceyStacey3:39
13."Be Yourself" (hidden track: "Jimmy")Greenwood, Josh MacintoshManafest, Josh Macintosh7:36
Total length:47:03
iTunes deluxe edition bonus tracks[4]
No.TitleLength
14."Jimmy"4:05
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

PersonnelEdit

Music videosEdit

Lyric videos

NotesEdit

  • 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]
  • 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".[11]

ReferencesEdit

  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.
  11. ^ "Manafest Explains the Meaning Behind the Name 'Manafest'". BC News: BREATHEcast. July 5, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2017.