Canon - Loose Canon EP, Vol 1
Record Label: Reflection Music Group
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Canon (born Aaron McCain) has found most of his notoriety as the hype-man for Lecrae, arguably the most popular Christian rapper in the business today. I was very curious to see how Canon would step out of the large shadow of his mentor and in doing so, releasing his first EP, which made it to #1 on the iTunes Christian Music Charts.
The first thing you realize very early on in the EP is that Canon has one of the quickest flows in the business, effortlessly delivering his rhymes with meticulous precision, which requires quite a few listens to soak it all in. That's the beauty of music with such a strong message; you don't mind listening to each track a few times.
The Street Symphony-produced track "Say Yeah" sounds like it could be a Ne-Yo / Trey Songz single at least in terms of production value. The pulsing synths in the chorus and the 808 drum beat drive the song and is one of the best songs on the EP. The overall message of the song is one of every day struggles (living in the club scene, being an addict) and Canon letting everyone know that through God, there is always a way to be saved.
"Loud Music" is a party song, through and through. With the high pitched synth and staccato snares, Canon raps about not being ashamed of blasting his music wherever he goes. He doesn't lack confidence and his swag (ugh, I sort of hate using that word...) is a big part of his appeal. You can be cool and rap about God.
On the surface, Canon is first and foremost a rapper, who just happens to be a Christian. He seems like he is still working on his voice and walking the line of deciding how much religion to include in his music. But, this isn't a bad thing at all. Canon has a lot of potential and we will continue to see him grow with each EP. Much like its namesake, Canon's first EP has the opportunity to explode and leave his mark on the Christian rap movement. Start the countdown now; the Canon is loose.