PEABOD – Wonderful & Scary (Single)

Centricity Music

Release Date: September 25th 2020

Reviewed by: Joshua Andre

PEABOD– Wonderful & Scary (Single) (Amazon mp3/iTunes)

Track Listing:

  1. Wonderful & Scary

In February 2019 just around about one and a half years ago, I undertook a major risk musically. I faced my ‘fear’ of rap music (not really a fear, but an apprehension!), and reviewed an entire album of the unique genre. Jonah by KJ-52 doesn’t really count when I reviewed that project back in 2017, as at the time, KJ was ‘singing’ or at least trying to, on a few tracks, so it wasn’t ‘pure rap’ if you know what I mean. So as I was listening to and reviewing rapper Peabod’s debut album Healthy Snacks– I gave the record an unexpected high review (which you can read here!), and hence I went off and check out both of Isaac’s new singles “Anti-Social” and “Left Out” as well. I concluded that these songs were crazily awesome and that Isaac is a pretty ingenious songwriter (don’t believe me? Check out both of the reviews I wrote about Peabod here and here!); and that Isaac is one of the best rappers in my opinion of this generation- mainstream and Christian (and maybe destined to become the next KJ-52!). I was positive that he was due to release a new album in 2019 (which actually eventuated into Backpack EP and featured “Antisocial” and “Left Out”, plus “Side Hustle” (which I also reviewed), “Hoodie”, and “Backpack”; but if you want more of your PEABOD fix, then never fear, cause even if you haven’t listened to “Big Feelings” nor “Heavenly Father”, which both dropped as singles a while ago; now we have a reflective yet poppy and radio friendly melody “Wonderful And Scary”, which released a couple of weeks ago.

Truth be told, “Wonderful And Scary” is my favourite Peabod song ever. Yep, you heard that right. I firmly believe that this track is one of the most impactful and resonating songs that Peabod has ever done! It’s a song that needs to be experienced and listened to a multitude of times in order to fully appreciate Peabod’s journey of stepping out in faith into the unknown and trusting god in His almighty plan. I know that when you speak about the song like that, “Wonderful And Scary” sounds extremely cliché… but let me present to you all the music video and the lyrics below. Now… have you seen the powerful music video and read the lyrics? What do you think of it? Confronting, comforting and compelling, am I right?

Planet Earth, 1993, enter little me
A new Peabody baby born in the heart of the 253
New ID when I met the King He gave me everything
Now I get to sing my mic in the hand with the wedding ring
But things are not as simple as an 8 bar summary
Life can change the tempo fast as we make memories
One day my Nintendo seemed the height of luxury
Now I’m wondering what’s under the surface of all my feelings
This the second my second album
Progresses
To look for sense in the messes
A lesson amidst the guessing
So Jesus please give me blessing
When I step into this session
Of wrestling don’t let me forget
My best message is from heaven
‘Cause growing up is a trip, each day adjusting my grip
One day I think I might slip, the next I’m busting my lip
But then again on the flip, no adventure’s bigger than this
So there’s not a single moment that I want to miss

We grow up, we fall down
It’s wonderful and scary
Stepping out of our towns
Both terrified and daring
Seems like every day
I’m growing up another way
We grow up, we fall down
It’s wonderful and scary 

This is two for me, two for all the OG’s
The ones who knew bout Healthy Snacks way back in 2017
Still feels like dream, still got no clue what it means
But seems to me that God’s always
Got something up his sleeve (I believe)
But I gotta admit I’m a tad bit fixed
On a mix of fears and what ifs
Should I go through with this
Will I get twisted cynical cuffs on my wrists
Will I miss high fives and throw fists
When I sip lies, will it make me spit
Will I take the stairs, Miss the lifts
Will I be too proud to take gifts
Even if the what if’s happen right now
And all the fears inside of me just climb out
Nothing’s gonna change with my eyes down
The voice of faith says God hears the sounds
Of his children
Walking, growing, learning
Living and discerning
Our God daily bears our burdens

God I’m here at the outskirts
Make me brave, make my feet work
‘Cause one more step, and it’s new turf
A new sky over new earth
God I’m here at the outskirts
With a song and some cheap merch
I’m ready as I’ll ever be for what it’s worth
Lead the way, show me everything I need to learn

So…after listening to Healthy Snacks, Backpack EP and now the three songs “Big Feelings”, “Heavenly Father” and “Wonderful & Scary” from Peabod’s unnamed upcoming new album; do you reckon PEABOD has encouraged me to listen heavily to rap and review all of the other Christian rap albums this year and the many years before? Nope…just Isaac’s music and ‘happier rap’ like Hollyn and Steven Malcolm. But the inescapable truth that PEABOD will be big this coming year or two still remains. So what are we all waiting for? Let’s dive in and be antisocial together so that we’re not left out together, while we do some side hustling on the side while wearing our favourite hoodie and carrying our favourite backpack. While we’re also being real with each other and talking about our big feelings, and praying to our heavenly Father, an act in itself which is wonderful and scary. Well who are we kidding? We’ll probably just sit at home eating some healthy snacks too! Broccoli flavoured shepherd pie anyone? Chocolate coated fruit? What about a dairy free and gluten free chocolate cake?

Score: 5/5

RIYL: Lecrae, Group 1 Crew, KB, Andy Mineo, Steven Malcolm, Hollyn, KJ-52, Propaganda

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