Hailing from Central Florida, Theo Jones, better known by his stage name Theolodge is a HipHop Recording whose artist music has featured on networks like CW, ESPN and many other TV Shows and moves. Theolodge what happens when confidence meets talent. The man got rhymes and there’s no denying that. He comes out of the gate fully evolved on “Hallelujah”, with a statement of purpose from which he is not ready to waver. Theolodge seems unblinking in his aesthetic vision, his devotion to the motivational guy approach, inspiring increasingly florid metaphors, full of personal anecdotes and a fire-like conviction for exposing delivering his messages.
It’s hard to imagine another rapper conveying warnings with such a head-nodding groove: “All that talking, it just getting on my nerves. Clout chasing, it just getting on my nerves.” By the time the track’s over, Theolodge sounds like the last rapper on earth.
He’s voracious, barely stopping to breathe from the moment the record begins. The song’s core is thudding bass pulses, spare snare cracks, and uneasy synths – a light-swallowing, cavernous space that Theolodge interrupts with his lyrical delivery.
On “Hallelujah”, Theolodge fully realizes his role in the rap game. He knows what his good at. He knows his skill set. And his very comfortable in understanding where he wants his music to go. His hard-hitting street realism, and the production’s swaggering stomp reaches peak confidence levels throughout the track.
Theolodge antagonistic comments set the bar incredibly high, as the song finds a balance between modern motives and classic, recognizable sounds. In short, this is how you do a modern track. No wasted space. Just under three minutes of hard-hitting, rhyme-spitting fire that would fit onto any rap playlist this side of the millennium.
“Hallelujah” capitalizes on the minimalism inherent in its runtime by contorting itself around Theolodge rhymes and flows, allowing him to fully command the space he inhabits. Nothing here is flashy: the song is murky, grim and heavy, full of trap drums, and sparse effects.
It’s the perfect showcase for Theolodge’s energizing narrative, in the process cementing him as one of the underground’s premier rappers. The listener is left with the impression that Theolodge is one of the few rappers who can be trusted to fully command this brand of menacing music.
“Hallelujah” is claustrophobic and unrelenting, but also intensely exhilarating in its brevity. Theolodge is an incredibly impressive rapper who can rap about the most uncomfortable things with skill. The hits and bangs of the production, meanwhile, renders that skill in an even more artful way.
Everything about the construction of this songs is exceptional, as if Theolodge is explicitly reminding us that he’s one of the best to do it. One thing is clear on “Hallelujah”, Theolodge is out to remind everyone that he can make music at the highest level.