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The Nu Nation Project

Praise the Lord! Brother Kirk Franklin’s The Nu Nation Project, his first altar call since 1997’s best-selling God’s Property, clearly demonstrates R&B and hip-hop’s gospel roots. Listen to R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige, and Bono make a joyful noise on ”Lean on Me.” Hear the gutbucket wails and stirring hymns of his choir, and if you still don’t think this is sho nuff sanctified, you may be a heretic. A-

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