In August 2023, KB, a prominent figure in Christian Hip-hop and Contemporary Christian Music, released “His Glory Alone II,” a follow-up to his pandemic-era worship Hip-hop album, “His Glory Alone.”
He incorporated samples of many worship songs like Michael W. Smith’s “Open the Floodgates of Heaven,” Chris Tomlin’s “God of Angel’s Armies,” and Vertical Church’s “Yes I Will.”
“His Glory Alone II” maintains this pattern of sampling while introducing moments of vulnerability beyond his previous works. His fifth studio release is one to remember, with 16 tracks and guest appearances from artists like Lecrae, Britt Nicole, and nobigdyl.
His Glory Alone II Album Review
“His Glory Alone II” begins with an engaging intro, immediately distinguishing it from its predecessor. The hand claps at the end add to its gripping nature, drawing the listener in.
The second song, “Too God,” builds upon the popular hymn, “To God be the Glory,” to exalt God’s supremacy, with a subtle nod to Lecrae’s “Hallelujah.”
The momentum continues until “Your Way” with Britt Nicole—a slow number—before picking up again on “Talk to Me Nice,” which also draws inspiration from a hymn, “Onward Christian Soldier,” and features rapper SO.
The song conveys the importance of living according to God’s principles, akin to a soldier’s commitment. One of the album’s most vulnerable tracks is “Daddy,” where KB shares a heartfelt message about his father, unveiling the struggles of his childhood and exploring the theme of fatherhood.
His collaboration with Britt Nicole tugs at the heartstrings with a soulful worship session that explores reliance on God amid life’s sorrows. Britt Nicole makes a second appearance on the “Graves” reprise, providing an interlude with her captivating voice.
The main song, featuring Brandon Leake, explores the transformative power of the gospel, blending hard-hitting bars with an atmosphere of worship.
However, “His Glory Alone II” isn’t solely about sadness and introspection. For instance, the Spanish-infused track “Danza” samples Fred Hammond’s “When the Spirit of the Lord” to deliver an infectious tune reminiscent of both “Let It Reign” and “Libre” from the prequel album.
Dancers are sure to enjoy this one, as it reminds us to have fun in God’s presence. A standout is “Glory2Glory,” the first single released from the album, where KB draws inspiration once more from Hammond’s work of a similar name to create an unforgettable piece.
His collaboration with nobigdyl is another fan favorite, with both rappers blending seamlessly. Of course, we can’t bypass “Miracles,” and veteran CHH fans were delighted to see KB collaborate with Lecrae to reimagine Maverick City and Elevation Worship’s “Million Little Miracles.”
Notable mentions also go to EZ and “Who the Son Sets Free,” the latter sampling from Hillsong’s “Who You Say I Am.” Rappers often surprise their listeners by venturing into a genre previously unexplored.
KB pulls this off with the Afrobeats track “Away,” featuring the iconic Limoblaze. He also invites Wande and Porsha Love for “Imagine That,” another unexpected piece that’s guaranteed to make heads bob.
While fans of grittier rap may not be as drawn to this work- “His Glory Alone II”, it is likely to attract female listeners who might have previously considered KB’s work overly masculine. KB takes a backseat on this track, allowing Wande and Porsha Love to shine, and they do not disappoint.
KB’s penmanship remains solid, featuring wordplay that may go unnoticed by the casual listener. Standout lines like, “You’re giving praise to the universe, and the universe looks at you like chill / You’re giving praise to the universe, and the universe ain’t got no will / You’re giving praise to the universe, and the universe’s giving praise to Him,” from “Talk to Me Nice” demonstrate his lyrical prowess.
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His Glory Alone II Album Summary and Appraisal
Producing an album that seamlessly combines vulnerability, infectious beats, and uplifting lyrics is no simple feat, but KB rises to the challenge. “His Glory Alone II” showcases Christian hip hop at its best, exploring themes of pain, doubts, identity, fame, and unwavering loyalty to God.