Review Rating: 4 / 5
GMA Dove Award nominated artist Trip Lee gives an impressive lyrical performance throughout his newly released mixtape The Waiting Room. Giving a voice to those in pain and aching to hear the voice of God, Trip Lee pulls no punches in speaking on topics ranging from growth through struggle to the perceived silence of God in the midst of trials. Through the length of the mixtape, Trip Lee highlights God's absolute mercy and grace even when perceptually absent from a persons day-to-day struggles. In a time where tragedy and division seem to be on the front page more than any time in history, Trip Lee speaks to the duty of Christians to be ready to hear the calling of God. In addition, The Waiting Room creates a timeline of the Christian walk, beginning with his first track, "Clouds".
"Clouds" is a knocking anthem dedicated to the "dreamer" in the Christian faith and may just be one of Trip Lee's smoothest tracks yet. A song built on the pure bliss of Christianity, Trip Lee emphasizes the "cloud-nine" feeling of walking in the purpose of Christ Jesus with a steady lyrical flow stating, "I love that feeling when you walking in your calling -- Ain't no turning back I'm all in -- I ain't finished, just watch." With lines like this, it is clear that Trip Lee is ready as ever to once again proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ with his one-of-a-kind southern cadence that is blatantly unashamed. If this track is not instantly on heavy rotation in your 116 playlist, you are missing out.
"IDK", while featuring possibly the most laid back beat on the mixtape, contains a powerful message with free flowing and unfiltered thoughts commonly echoed by Christians. In clear homage to Psalms 13, Trip Lee mirrors King David's lament asking, "How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?" Pleading to hear the voice of God, Trip Lee journeys through the psalm ending in dynamic fashion with the declaration of: "sing[ing] the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me." Patience through problems is a common theme expressed by Trip Lee and is ferociously present in "Lord Have Mercy", which explores the restraints of being a "born sinner" yet "praising in the waiting room". With a merciless delivery over a banging beat, Trip Lee navigates the gift of grace for a sinful man "facing doom".
The Waiting Room is concluded in a heavenly manner with "Billion Years," featuring the uber-talented Taylor Hill. Exploring the futuristic idea that, "A billion years ahead -- This old world will be nothing" and declaring, "There's a joy that is coming like the morning", Trip Lee paints an amazing picture of a pain-free future in heaven. A true song of praise for the coming glory and restoration of all things lost, "Billion Years" unites all listeners under a global promise of freedom through Christ.
Trip Lee does not disappoint in this expedition of pain, patience and faith. The Waiting Room is an artistic triumph that speaks to the hard questions of Christianity. Enough reading, pick up Trip Lee's The Waiting Room and witness for yourself a lament of uplifting proportions.