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I'm a Saint Marching In: The Mix Tape of Righteousness, Vol. 1

by Bruce James Coleman Jr.

The music has a Universal Spiritual Cadillac spaceship fueled on the organic emotions of happiness lighting up as Christian Rap being a trillion stars in the Universe.
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1. A Spiritual, Righteous, Rejuvenating Manifestation
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2. Come Back Baby
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3. Don't Hold Back
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4. Favor On My Life
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5. Flow for God Almighty
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6. Holiness Is My Cadillac
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7. How Can I Ease the Pain
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8. I Got the Passion
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9. I Want to Live Free
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10. I'm a Saint Marching In
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11. I'm Heaven Sent
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12. I'm Shining Again
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13. Jesus Is My Lyrical Mission
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14. Living for God Almighty
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15. My Whole World Was Burning
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16. Prayer Warrior
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17. Should of Been Me
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18. The Devil Is the Police
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19. The Holy Spirit Is My Evidence
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I'm A Saint Marching In: The Mix Tape of Righteousness Volume 1 is all about Praising God Almighty and acknowledging Jesus Christ through lyrical energetic ambitions with banging Beats to give your Heart extra Heart Beats. The Song I'm A Saint Marching In is a reference to New Orleans and Using the the New Orleans Saints as a metaphor of artist being an actual Righteous Saint of God Almighty. The Mix tape takes you a righteous Journey through the Cadillac of soulful love for the Heavenly Father.

After this Mix Tape the Artist Bruce Coleman sees his self pursuing other avenues of music. Such avenues include being a Beat Maker, learning to play the piano, saxophone, guitar to even writing songs to other genres of Music. "I feel as Rapper you should never just do just rap, you should always be looking to improve and diversify your general love for music, whether it's Hip Hop, R&B, Jazz, Pop, Rock, or Country music." Coleman realizes rapping, especially rapping independently can be a hard game. Even being on sites like CDbaby.com their isn't thousands of people, not even hundred of people checking his music out. Coleman thought when he put an album out it would sell hundreds of thousand of copies. "It feels like i"m a big fish in a bigger ocean and no one is catching me."

Despite this feeling Coleman will continue to try new ways to promote his Music and get it to sell. If not Coleman will find other avenues of creativity to fall upon. "if you try to do one thing and the door closes on you, then it's time to do something else, I don't think I will be a Rapper five years from now unless I see a drastic change in album sales," says Coleman. This Mix tape I'm A Saint Marching in was Coleman second try to give it another shot so his future in Rap rest in the people who chose to purchase my music. "No matter how much I say i love doing music, if i don't have big support from you the fan of music then the purpose of doing it is defeated." But Coleman do understand that Christian Rap is a hard sale in the first place. Enough churches don't support Christian Rap and Christian Rap biggest audience would be the people who listen to Gossip Music, but that's another story in itself.


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Jeff Smith

The Poetic Preacher - I’m A Saint Marching In: The Mix Tape Of Righteousness Vol
I’m A Saint Marching In: The Mix Tape Of Righteousness Volume 1 is the second full length album by Christian Rapper, Bruce James Coleman, Jr., also known as The Poetic Preacher. Coleman was born in New Orleans, but is now based out of Houston, Texas. As a youngster, Coleman excelled as a poet winning competitions throughout New Orleans and even appeared on a television show called Teen Expression. After a stint in the military, he came back to the city shortly before the devastation of Hurricane Katrina crippled his hometown. During this time, Coleman got caught up in a number of bad habits including alcohol, drugs, and theft. Christian Rap was his way out. The Poetic Preacher uses his lyrics to praise God Almighty and touch other lives, just as the words of the bible have touched his.

Throughout I’m A Saint Marching In: The Mix Tape of Righteousness Volume 1, The Poetic Preacher uses his past experiences in all of his lyrics. It seems that he is quite the New Orleans Saints fan. Throughout “I’m A Saint Marching In” he references the team numerous times including star quarterback Drew Brees. The song is very crowded with football references such as, “Become the wide receiver, catching many touchdowns of righteousness in your soul forever.” There is also a reference to the Saints 2010 Super Bowl victory in “Prayer Warrior.” “Living For God Almighty” reflects on Coleman’s past mishaps. He puts behind him the sins that once overcame him. The Poetic Preacher now uses his lyrics to help him rise above the sins and strive towards a live of righteousness. There is a reference to Steve Harvey in the song, which is quite timely considering the mishap Harvey is now overcoming after the calamity that occurred during the 2015 Miss Universe pageant he hosted.

I have to say that much of the album is pretty well produced and is filled with pretty solid beats. A number of tracks use samples from the songs of the past. “Prayer Warrior” for one uses a hook from the lesser-known songs by the late Sam Cooke, “Pray.” Another song that uses sampling is “How Can I Ease The Pain.” This rap brings back the 1991 Lisa Fischer hit that goes by the same name. Fischer was actually awarded the 1992 Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her hit. The song “Favor On My Life” is one of the catchiest songs on I’m A Saint Marching In: The Mix Tape Of Righteousness Volume 1. The chorus preaches “I got favor on my life, I’m so brand new in Christ,” reflecting on how Coleman is a follower of God and is in God’s good graces.

Personally, I think that The Poetic Preacher still has a lot of work to do if he wants to grow his Christian Rap and touch the masses. I appreciate what he is doing, as he is dedicating his craft to help lead others on the path towards righteousness. I’m A Saint Marching In: The Mix Tape of Righteousness Volume 1 truly is a mix tape of ‘righteousness.’ You would be hard pressed to find a track on the entire album that doesn’t mention the word. I feel that with more work on each individual song instead of creating more and more material would do the artist well. Much of the album feels repeated and a lot of the songs feel extremely crowded with lyrics. Song structure is definitely an area that The Poetic Preacher needs to work on. Hopefully, Coleman will continue to work on his craft and grow as a rapper, spiritually and lyrically.

Review by Jeff Smith
Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

Charles Sweet

I'm a Saint Marching in the Mix Tape of Righteousness, Volume 1
Artist: The Poetic Preacher
Title: I'm a Saint Marching in the Mix Tape of Righteousness, Volume 1
Review by: Charles Sweet

Like J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, rapper The Poetic Preacher is a highly skilled, fast-talking, diary-spilling, champion of his faith. I'm a Saint Marching in the Mix Tape of Righteousness, Volume 1 is a heavy statement—there's little confusion to be had by the title, and even less by the music. “A Spiritual, Righteous, Rejuvenating Manifestation” was my first listen from the project and it was abundantly clear that unlike Lecrae, arguably the most well known Christian rapper to date, The Poetic Preacher cared little for trying to create a mainstream-esque sound. The message, one of hope, belief and redemption, is loud, clear and center stage here.

“Come Back Baby” features a rousing soul sample and thumping production reminiscent of mid-2000s Just Blaze where The Poetic Preacher deftly rhymes about his spiritual love and the righteousness that follows him everywhere. “Don't Hold Back”, backed by a string stab and synth track, allows The Poetic Preacher spreads a Christian message of peace, love and understanding through Jesus Christ. He may not swear, but I'm a Saint Marching in the Mix Tape of Righteousness, Volume 1 is as hard-hitting as any rap record out right now.

“Holiness Is My Cadillac” not only features the most interesting song title I've ever heard but a well-produced instrumental that reminds of something an apex Eminem would spit on. Bars such as “Becoming my own righteous boss/ Holiness is my Cadillac/ And I continue to cruise with the mafia of Happiness” smack of unorthodox thinking and clever wordplay. “How Can I Ease The Pain” samples the Lisa Fischer song of the same name and is easily my favorite record off this album because of how well it fits the topic of allowing Jesus Christ to ease whatever pain you're going through. If any song on this project deserves a music video, this is it.

“I Want To Live Free” only further encapsulates what I enjoy most about The Poetic Preacher—he picks good beats and knows how to architect good songs on them. I especially enjoyed his retelling of growing up trying to be a gangster but not understanding that to everyone around him he was little more than a joke. He's obviously an artist who understands his sound and because of that the listener is given very complete, very impressive compositions that could easily fit alongside anything on the radio currently.

Overall, I'm a Saint Marching in the Mix Tape of Righteousness, Volume 1 is a collection of songs that promote a positive, well-versed grasp of faith, love and prosperity that will garner The Poetic Preacher many fans due to how unique a sound it is. A solid, satisfying listen that makes me look forward to hearing more from him in the future.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Review by: Charles Sweet

Dan MacIntosh

Album: I’m a Saint Marching In: The Mixtape of Righteousness
Artist: The Poetic Preacher
Album: I’m a Saint Marching In: The Mix tape of Righteousness
Reviewer: Dan MacIntosh
Rating: 2

It's been said the road to hell is paved with good intentions. This phrase is oftentimes credited to Samuel Johnson. In truth, according to Boswell's Life of Johnson, that famous thinker may have actually said, “Hell is paved with good intentions.” No matter the actual verbiage of this famous quotation, though, the truism expressed in its simple principle remains valid. And that is, just as good intentions won't keep a hardened sinner out of the company of hell's teeth gnash-ers, much same sincere will cannot guarantee laudable art.

This brings us to Bruce James Coleman Jr. Coleman, who appears dressed as a kind of African priest on the cover of his album I'm a Saint Marching In: The Mixtape of Righteousness, performs under the name of The Poetic Preacher. The album contains a healthy 18 track portion of rap music. Although this artist means well, his album is a rather poor example of rap/hip-hop music.

The Poetic Preacher presents his 'mixtape of righteousness,' which is – in truth – a series of sermons set to minimal musical backing, as a kind of rap preacher. No doubt, this 'poetic preacher' is completely sincere. He sounds like a street preacher with his beats playing over a boombox. While the album plays, one can picture Coleman standing proudly atop his soapbox, dressed in his royal priestly garb, shouting out his gospel truths. Maybe you've even seen Coleman's like outside concert venues holding up placards with sayings like, 'Turn or burn' written in big, bold letters.

Subtlety is not one of Coleman's strong points. For example, for this album's title track, Coleman draws a parallel between himself and the football team New Orleans Saints. But unlike that Louisiana sports franchise, Coleman wins every game because he's on the Lord's team. On one of this album's tracks, Coleman even brags about scoring hundreds of touchdowns. One assumes these are six-point converts, rather than the TD plus conversion point of the typical gridiron contest.

Coleman's vocal delivery is also hugely problematic. Most every track on this long, long album sounds about the same, which means the listener must sit through Coleman's monotone rap delivery. Just because a man has an important message to deliver, one that the deliverer passionately believes in, doesn't necessarily make for a compelling listening experience. Why, for example, is Eminem such a fantastic rap artist? His rhymes aren't always poetry. In fact, some of his wordplay is downright dumb. Yet even when his words fall flat, it's impossible to not pay attention to what he's saying. Why is this? It's because of Eminem's powerful vocal delivery. He has a dynamic voice that rises and falls in both pitch and tone, much like a great theater actor delivering his lines from the stage. You may not agree with everything Eminem says from the stage or CD (and let's be honest here: Eminem has said/sung some things that even he renounces now). However, his presentation makes the listener hang onto every word. Coleman's delivery, in contrast, is so predictable, the listener begins to tune out after a while. He's much like the wah-wah-wah teacher on the old Peanuts cartoon: he starts to sound like noise, not music.

Yes, Coleman means well with his music. And yes, we're happy to hear his testimony of how God has changed his life for the better. A winning testimony, however, does not a great musical album make. Coleman is likely closer to a saint than a sinner now. He has also learned how to turn his love for Saints football into a repeatable spiritual analogy. He has not taught himself to be a great musician/rapper – even one with the very best intentions.

Alice Neiley

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The other day, I was driving from Massachusetts to Vermont behind a New Hampshire license plate. If you’re familiar with New Hampshire’s motto, you know where I’m going with this: Live Free Or Die! While I respect the intent behind these words, particularly in the context of all humans (ideally) receiving the same rights to freedom, I was also listening to Bruce Coleman’s new album on my car CD player at the time. I began to wonder…does this passionate freedom apply to labeling yourself an artist? Can one really deem oneself a writer or musician simply because one has a specific, powerful message to convey?

Coleman, the self-proclaimed ‘Poetic Preacher,’ definitely has some talent for spinning beat-catchy phrases and rhyming words, but after listening twice through I'm a Saint Marching in the Mix Tape of Righteousness, Volume 1, I’m convinced the tracks might be more graciously received as slam poetry, or a series of sermons at a very, very hip church. Coleman’s dedication to a message of undying faith is admirable, to be sure, but it comes at a cost. Perhaps because he’s a new artist and hasn’t found his chops, or perhaps because his faith is so strong and redemptive that he hoped it would carry the album, he pays little attention to musicality and versatility, which at times makes the listening experience quite monotonous.

The very first track, “A Spiritual, Righteous, Rejuvenating Manifestation,” in title and layout, perfectly sums up the album in its entirety: this is Coleman’s spiritual manifestation, which he finds righteous, which rejuvenates him. However, the manifestations that come most naturally to us are not always the most refined or effective ways to get our message across. Sometimes we need to add some purely original delicacy, some knife blades to the hearts of our readers, listeners, or viewers. This track, with its classic beat and minimal instrumental movement, forces the listener to focus on lyrics. The best and most visual rhyme is the phrase with “light,” “rewrite,” and “bright,” but for the most part, variations of the word “spiritual” and repetitions of the words in the track title crowd the poetic experience, as if Coleman started talking about God, asked a buddy to lay down a loose beat, and pressed record.

Revision/polishing continues to be on the wish list for this listener as the album goes on. For example, “Flow for God Almighty,” while more musically interesting (the melodic synth fades and reappears, and the beat stops abruptly and restarts), he uses a host of similar words as he used in the first tracks—‘righteous’ being the most notable, as it’s so prominent in the first track’s title and lyrics. Perhaps he is trying to harken back to that specific theme, but since the theme of redemption/God is exactly the same in every track throughout the entire album, using word repetition to emphasize it seems unnecessary. Along the same lines, “Holiness Is My Cadillac” sports a clean, interesting instrumental landscape, but while it has a few more original lyrics, ‘mafia of happiness,’ for example, Coleman’s seemingly accidental…or worse…intentional but ineffective repetition of words like ‘almighty,’ fall far from originality, and wind up distracting the listener, and exhausting them.
I will get to a couple of tunes I thought worked well in a moment, but in terms of the others, I feel getting into specifics would prove ineffectual. The album is extremely long, and every step of the way delivers the same message, with many of the same words, in almost the same rhythmic pattern. Coleman has a strong voice, clear annunciation, and a passionate message, but it’s wasted on tiring, overdone beats, lack of originality in lyrical delivery, and a very inexpressive vocal timbre. No variety. No spark. Spark it up, Coleman! We know it’s in your heart, your faith; bring it into your voice, and perhaps even more importantly, your attention to musical landscape.

On a brighter note, I did genuinely enjoy “How Can I Ease The Pain,” and “Prayer Warrior.” In a smart move, Coleman sampled songs by amazing musical artists, and while one doesn’t want to depend on the genius of others to make or break their own artistic endeavors, in these specific tracks it worked quite well. “How Can I Ease the Pain” is also a Lisa Fischer song, and Coleman integrates it perfectly into his version – it even fits thematically: hard times, being saved; the pain, the process of coping, the relief. And “Prayer Warrior,” well…those of you who have read my reviews before know my affinity for classic R&B soul music…and speaking of gods, Sam Cooke is one of mine. I love his sound with all my heart, from “You Send Me,” to his lesser-known tune “Prayer,” from which Coleman pulled his sample. Even just correlation with Cooke would have gotten me on side with this track, but Coleman’s lyrics, as well as the interesting rhythmic maneuvering he did to blend with the Cooke sample, are deft and pleasing.

I’ll only reference one more tune, simply for its title’s irony with my traffic situation on I93. “I Want to Live Free,” is also a track on Coleman’s album, and it’s a more than reasonable request, everyone should have that right. However, in the arts, freedom must be balanced with experience, skill, and dedication—not just to your message, but the art with which you’re conveying that message. Coleman is, without a doubt, trying to make a profound and uplifting statement—the uplifting part of which is probably the most original part of the album, given the usual edginess of its genre. He just needs to spread his attention around, learn the genre, get into the nitty gritty of musical styling, and pour his emotion into his statement, instrumental arrangements, and vocal expression. I say keep going, keep lighting that fuse, perfecting the colors, and by the time there’s an I’m a Saint Marching In: The mix Tape of Righteousness, Volume 2, the fireworks will burst.

Artist: The Poetic Preacher/Bruce Coleman
Album: I’m a Saint Marching In: The Mix Tape of Righteousness, Vol. 1
Reviewed by Alice Neiley
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Alex Henderson

I’m a Saint Marching In: The Mix Tape of Righteousness, Volume 1
Bruce James Coleman, Jr.
I’m a Saint Marching In: The Mix Tape of Righteousness, Volume 1
Review by Alex Henderson
3 stars out of 5

Hip-hop, for the most part, has been secular music. But some MCs have used hip-hop to deliver spiritual messages, from Muslim rappers to Hindu rappers to Buddhist rappers. Some rappers have promoted the Hare Krishna sect; some have been Five-Percenters. And Christian rap has been a part of hip-hop since the 1980s. Hip-hop lyrics can convey a Christian message either overtly or subliminally, and on I’m a Saint Marching In: The Mix Tape of Righteousness, Volume 1, southern rapper Bruce James Coleman, Jr., a.k.a. The Poetic Preacher, delivers a Christian message in a totally straight-forward fashion. Listening to “Jesus Is My Lyrical Mission,” “Flow for God Almighty,” “I Want to Live Free” or “I’m Shining Again,” there is no doubt that Coleman (spiritualrapmusic.com) is bringing a decidedly Christian perspective to his rhymes.

Born in New Orleans in 1981, Coleman (who turned 34 in 2015) grew up in the Crescent City but moved to Houston, Texas (his current home) after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. And his southern background comes through on “Holiness Is My Cadillac,” “Prayer Warrior” and other selections. Hip-hop, like R&B before it, has had many regional variations: just as Memphis, Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago all had their own styles of classic soul back in the 1960s and 1970s, hip-hop has had its southern, northeastern and West Coast variations (not to mention all the non-U.S. styles of hip-hop found in Europe, Asia or Latin America). On tracks like “How Can I Ease the Pain,” “Should Of Been Me” and “Favor on My Life,” Coleman clearly sounds like a southern rapper. It comes through in his rapping style, it comes through in the beats and production. In fact, Coleman’s publicity bio quotes him as saying that he would like to be “the Master P of Christian rap.” Master P, of course, is the New Orleans rapper who founded No Limit Records and brought a considerable amount of attention to Crescent City hip-hop in the 1990s and 2000s.

But while the New Orleans/Master P/No Limit school of Dirty South hip-hop has influenced Coleman musically, his lyrics are totally different. Dirty South hip-hop, from New Orleans to Atlanta to Jacksonville to Memphis, has been known for its hedonistic, sex-obsessed, cartoonishly decadent lyrics. But you won’t find any odes to strip clubs, wild orgies, Alizé, cigar-size blunts or gold chains on this CD. Coleman has the beats and the flow of the Dirty South, but lyrically, tracks like “The Holy Spirit Is My Evidence” and “A Spiritual, Righteous, Rejuvenating Manifestation” are unapologetically Christian in nature. This is not party music by any stretch of the imagination: from “I’m a Saint Marching In” to “Prayer Warrior,” Coleman sticks to a Christian message and is not the least bit shy about doing so. And yet, Coleman does not come across as arrogant. This CD often has a very introspective tone: Coleman raps about his experiences in life, describing his own feelings and emotions and explaining why he is embracing Christianity. The lyrics tend to sound personal, not like he is reading a script.

Although hip-hop came out of R&B, many veteran R&B artists did not know what to make of it back in the 1980s. These days, however, R&B and hip-hop are joined at the hip: R&B singers often feature rappers on their recordings, and rappers often sweeten their recordings by incorporating R&B singing. And Coleman does that at times on this album. “Come Back, Baby,” “My Whole World Was Burning” and “Favor on My Life” are examples of Coleman using snippets of R&B singing to his creative advantage. Coleman’s rapping dominates those selections, but the use of R&B vocals adds to the emotional impact of the tunes and works well for the New Orleans native turned Houston resident.

Southern rap’s reputation for wild, over-the-top party music remains, but not all hip-hop from the South lives up to that stereotype. And on I’m a Saint Marching In, this Christian rapper successfully reminds us that there is a very different side of southern rap.