"Dying to Find Myself" (MIC Productions; 2005)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Dying to Find Myself" sounds a little like a Limp Bizkit CD might if Fred Durst turned to God. It's an inspirational collection of rap / metal tunes (heavier on the rap -- Phoenix considers himself a hip-hop artist), that may be unique in its approach but, as a metal / rap record, doesn't really light any fires.

The guitar riffs are mostly mundane and give only a little rock'n'roll power to Phoenix's considerable hip-hop stylings. His obvious faith, however, gives him much more. It's the strength of that faith, and Phoenix's undeniable rap talents, that make "Dying to Find Myself" worth a listen, but only if you're a fan of the rap / metal genre or of hip-hop itself.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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