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Kirk Franklin -

November 26, 2008
By ssoey101 BRONZE, Bronx, New York
ssoey101 BRONZE, Bronx, New York
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If you want a precise and detailed summary of Kirk Franklin's "Let It Go", this could be what you are looking for. This song is taken from his sixth album "Hero" which came out in 2005 and won two Grammies in late 2006. Kirk has nine great albums, but personally I think "hero" is the best. The album "Hero" was preceded by Kirk's fifth album "the Rebirth of Kirk Franklin" which talked mainly about the return to his family. "Hero's" sound is somehow more refined and refreshing than his earlier albums. The album stayed on the Billboard Gospel Albums Chart for 49 weeks making the way for Kirk to receive his third Grammy.
Kirk Franklin was born on January 26, 1970, he has been writing music ever since the late 90s. Kirk's "Let It Go" talks about the trial and tribulations he went through before he became a born again Christian. The song has the combined rhythms of today's and old time rap. His music carries out religious messages as a preacher in a pulpit on a Sunday morning. The main reason why he wrote this song was because he felt that life was too overwhelming and he wanted to let it go. This song is meant for reaching out to the youth of today so that we wouldn't feel alone if we are going through some of the things he went through. He was abandoned by his parents when he was two, and was left with his Aunt Gertrude who really loved and cared for him. As he grew older peer pressure started to get to him that he ended up having a child at the age of 17. He kept on drifting away from the church, and even got into drugs, but then when one of his best friends died at age 15, he realized that that life wasn't meant for him. He went back to the church for the last time, and this time he was there to stay. Kirk is a very parent- friendly guy. Parents love him because he was not perfect growing up but as he grew older he realized that church is where he belonged and stopped getting into trouble. His appearance is very casual. One of his other songs on "Hero" called "Could've been" thanks God for everything he has done for him and tells God that even though his life was a mess, it could've been worse. I think that Kirk is a great artist who wants the youth of today to act their best and not get into trouble. Honestly, I am inspired by him and wish to meet him one day.
If you like youth Christian rap and like hearing the lives of artists through their music or like listening to gospel artists such as Fred Hammond and Donny McKlurkin, Kirk Franklin's album "Hero" is what I recommend . These artists sometimes work together to write their music so there is a little bit of each of these artists in all their music. If you like Mary Mary's "Thank You" featuring Kirk Franklin, I would also recommend this album to you. The album is better than watching the video on you tube. It is only costs $14.77, but the power of this album is priceless. So go out buy and enjoy it, and I promise you won't be disappointed.

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This article has 15 comments.

Alexis.A. said...
on Dec. 29 2009 at 3:35 pm
lol thx Gilli... I think lol

BXGilliYuuup said...
on Dec. 22 2009 at 6:10 pm
good article! it was nice. n u sound smarter than in real life lol =DD

God is Good said...
on Oct. 25 2009 at 7:01 pm
i totally agreee. I love it!!! i want to read more from you. Your writing is amazing! Keep it up and NEVER LOSE FAITH IN GOD!!!

elijah700 said...
on Oct. 25 2009 at 6:49 pm
Good Job Alexis

Melaa234 said...
on Oct. 25 2009 at 6:43 pm
It wass an amazinnnggg Piece Alexis!! Keep thee writing goinnn..iloveit <3 said...
on Oct. 25 2009 at 6:41 pm
i love it!

D-Gods gift said...
on Oct. 25 2009 at 2:06 pm
I think that getting to know the gospel artist of today makes it better for us to truly connect with them.. i didnt know that it was indeed him that went through those struggles he sang about. Yes we all go through struggles but Kirk is an example of how the Lord can take us out of one bad situation and place us in a better one...

on Oct. 23 2009 at 7:09 pm
Very inspirational. Keep the faith sister

on Sep. 20 2009 at 8:11 pm
ssoey101 BRONZE, Bronx, New York
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cool He's a very good artist hope u like his music!

on Sep. 5 2009 at 2:36 pm
anonymousfish BRONZE, Wentzville, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
Like I always say, there is no 'I' in TEAM... there's a 'ME' though, if you jumble it up. -House

Hmmm.. iv never hear of him, you've convinced me to look him up though! :)

on Jul. 16 2009 at 12:03 am
ssoey101 BRONZE, Bronx, New York
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hey its alexis...yes that is me below with the account ssoey101...please leave comments...please be critical too and let me know what i should change in my writings. Ms.McDuff, please tell me how things turn out with you and your student, i would love to know!

ssoey101 said...
on Jan. 11 2009 at 3:22 am
hey guys its me alexis...i am so happy all of you have commented my review.I really appreciate that some of you are going to use it as an example to your classes. I am very excited,and once again thx for the comments!

Pretty :) said...
on Dec. 8 2008 at 2:02 am
i agree with u completly! i enjoyed reading ur review it was true and well thought out. seems like u do ur reasearch! :)

Ms. McDuff said...
on Dec. 5 2008 at 1:04 am
I teach 6th grade in the Bronx and have thought about doing something similar with my students. I'll definitely use yours as a example if I do this with my students! Great job - I love the precise adjectives :)

on Dec. 5 2008 at 12:55 am
Congratulations Alexis...all the hard work really paid off!