TEDASHII'S New Album 'BELOW PARADISE' Goes No. 1 On iTunes' Hip-Hop/Rap Album Charts
Rapper, Tedashii's is enjoying the success of this new album Below Paradise, released from Reach Records. His first album in three years and fourth career studio release, Below Paradise is already claiming the top spot on iTunes' Hip-Hop/Rap charts and is No. 5 on the Overall chart on iTunes at press time. The album's first single, "Dark Days, Darker Nights (feat. Britt Nicole)," is currently at No. 30 on Billboard's Christian Rock Chart.
Along with Britt Nicole, the album also features guest artists such as Lecrae, Trip Lee, Crowder, Andy Mineo, Kam Parker, Christon Gray and more. A few of the stellar reviews that have been pouring in about Below Paradise:
"In essence, Below Paradise is just what Tedashii has said it will be: a journal of his troubles, hurts, and the grace and love he's experienced from Christ over the past three years. Fans will flock and embrace the rapper after what he's been through, and he's able to offer them his best work, by far." - HM Magazine
"Tedashii returns to the scene after a 3-year-break since his last album, Blacklight. It may have been 3 years, but he is back to doing what he does best: releasing solid hip-hop for his fans. Below Paradise features a solid set of tracks to whet our appetites. Whether it's a banging beat or a slow R&B jam, Tedashii brings it all to the table." - JesusFreakHideout
Last year, Tedashii took time off to grieve the loss of his son. This album is a reflection of that experience as he explores the meaning of triumph and hope amidst a life filled with patterns of pain and loss. Below Paradise sheds a new light on what life is really like on this side of eternity.
"In March of 2013 I had the worst day of my life," shares Tedashii. "The loss of my son changed me forever. I experienced grief and sorrow to the depth of my soul. The veil was lifted, the smoke cleared and all I had was pain. Instantly phrases like, 'It's all good' or 'It'll be ok' were cliche and, at best, empty promises. The comfort of life with no pain was gone and I saw the world in an entirely new way. I felt forsaken, alone, and in a place of darkness that has been kept masked by a focus on only the good side of this life. The reality of being a Christian and suffering so harsh a thing was hard for me to grasp."
Below Paradise is filled with true authenticity and uncut honesty during this season of his life. "This album is my journal shared publicly with everyone during this difficult journey as I worked to understand all I felt, experienced, and believed. I am human, I am hurt, I am His. By His grace I am what I am. I pray this will be an album that all can feel, even if you can't relate, and be moved to true emotions about the reality of life in a harsh world with a loving God, below paradise."