Counter Culture by Protek Illasheva Album Review
Protek Illasheva released his highly anticipated album COUNTER CULTURE not quite long. The album is not just another collection of some music, work of art nor just any lyrics laced on instrumentals but a whole sermon yeah I mean a whole message.
In a counter culture true to it’s name, the first thing that will probably catch your fancy in this album is the featuring of MI Abaga and Vector which will raise a lot of dust in the religious circle.
A usual mantra of “light has nothing to do with darkness” will follow and as true as that statement is, Protek is bringing a redefinition of what light and darkness is. This may also draw our attention to the words of Paul in 1st Corinthians 9:23
“To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.”
Protek is also leveraging on the influence of these big names to pass his message across to millions of people of which MI Abaga has a massive following of over 1million on his social media handles while Protek is still building up a following with a reach of 16K as at the time of this review.
Together, Protek and MI Abaga has come together with a positive message, not just to the Churchy but to the unchurched of which a majority follow MI Abaga.
The way we use to see it done CULTURE of not featuring people outside the church has been countered which has lived up to the name of the album.
But do you know that initially, Protek had reached out to MI Abaga for a feature and MI after listening to the tracks sent to him, he developed likeness for Protek’s song and probably he might have started digging into his archive (INFLUENCE) then MI reached back to Protek volunteering to produce the track, (wow) I know that’s your expression right now.
On this report we don’t know and we can’t tell if the feature was initially paid for or to be paid for as that’s the way (CULTURE) it is done by artists but one thing we can vouch for from the track CHAIRMAN (INTERLUDE) is that it was for free because I have never for once seen where a volunteer ask for payment and I bet you haven’t seen too, so you see that another CULTURE has been COUNTERED again.
The track titled I GAT LOVE which featured artist and producer Eli J is one that countered a culture that I don’t seem to understand how Christians in the first place got that way of living from because it’s unscriptural and unchristlike.
I know it may sound strange and too difficult to believe but a lot of people, Christians especially has developed a way of life (CULTURE) of hate, envy, jealously & “DO ME, I DO YOU” a colloquial way of saying PAYBACK and not just developing it but embracing it as a lifestyle, a culture.
Protek on the track I GAT LOVE countered this culture line to line of his lyrics and brought in the Jesus model of turning the left cheek when a fellow hit your right cheek as recorded in Matthew 5:38-42. A better version that suits this counter culture is the MSG translation which can be found below with my emphasis in brackets and boldend letters.
“Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: (Here’s another CULTURE that deserves COUNTERING) ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously (NO MORE CULTURE OF HATE, LIVE WITH LOVE). Emphasis mine, for more studies use the Bible.
Another culture that was countered greatly was a culture that is gradually creeping in that is if it hasn’t grown into a tree with firm roots, the culture of not needing God. You may see a lot of folks on church on Sunday, playing Christian songs and all churchy but deep down he has no need for God because s/he feels that stuff s/he has on him, at the corner of his house, his money, connections are enough for him. S/he goes to church just for people to stop talking at him not really because s/he needs God who s/he claims to be going to meet.
Who else will be better to counter this culture for the people outside the church? If the church boy does it, it will be seen as if he’s using it as a bait to bring em to church but naaah the church boy and the pastor’s son outside the church countered that culture together.
The pastor’s son MI Abaga in this track made it an opportunity to share a glimpse of his life journey and his need for God.
According to MI Abaga, the reason he decided to share the story was to inspire everyone because God turned his SITUATION to a CELEBRATION when he gave his problems to God.
The choir vocals and effect at the end of this track “I NEED YOU” is enough to make someone has goosebumps and shout hallelujah and glory in excitement.
Everything about this album certainly COUNTERED one CULTURE or the other, at first people believe RAP and HIP HOP are evil and can’t be used in association with the things of God but a line off the track JESUS IS REAL “I’m hip hop don’t mean that I am a sinner, I rock a boot don’t make me a killer, I dress so dope don’t make me a dealer” and the entire album is a testimony that the culture is countered already.
Before we wind down I’ve saved one best piece for the last, there’s a popular culture of how a Pastor, Evangelist, preacher is supposed to dress, how the culture has dictated that they mustn’t have blings and live a good lifestyle if they do, they’re being seen as lovers of money & backsliders.
Gospel artists that dread their hair, spray their hair, wear shorts (knickers), singlet and some good kicks to rock is considered unholy and wayward but in the track tagged JESUS IS REAL, Protek didn’t just countered the CULTURE but murdered the CULTURE.
Check out the snippet from JESUS IS REAL
……. see they don’t know if heaven is real
they don’t know if they’re gonna go there
but imma play my part
by sharing the word
and I don’t care just how I’m dressed
but imma stand up to the test
and imma tell the world that Jesus is real
Jesus is real even if I wear polo
even in my short knicker
I just wanna let the world know
that Jesus is real even if I wear agbada
just out of my rover where people are gathered…..
Well we’ve had enough session and we can’t just talk about all the CULTURE COUNTERED in all the tracks, just click HERE and enjoy and after listening to COUNTER CULTURE you should tune to;
- AFROBEATS RAP and JESUS #ARJ by Limoblaze
- HIGHWAY by Angeloh
- CROSSING THE RUBICON by TGod Daflemspitha
- BEFORE NOW by Limoblaze
- NEW CITY EP by Maikon West
- LEAD EP by Oba Reengy
- GROWING THE MIXTAPE by Talented Aiseh
- GOD CAN RAP by Supremez
- NOSTALGIA EP by DaBoomsha