After years of teasing a full-length LP, Lee “Stovetop” Stover, one of Northwest Iowa’s most prominent voices in the Christian hip-hop scene, released his debut album, “Work in Progress,” Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. The lead single off this project is “A.I.”
The 11-track project has been in development for five years and features all original music and composition. “Work in Progress” is the culmination of Stovetop’s desire to spread not only his music to the masses, but to promote positivity and spirituality as well.
“I like to have fun in my music,” said Stovetop, who built his following through his SoundCloud account, which has accumulated more than 150,000 streams. “I want it to be upbeat but at the same time have a decent message; that’s the point of this project.”
“It’s easy to write club-bangers about women or getting crazy or whatever, but I wanted this project to be a little more encouraging mean something a little more than what rap is typically associated with.”
Another theme behind “Work in Progress” is to show that no matter who you are and what you have accomplished, there is always more that can be done.
“No matter what you do in life, as a person — and I don’t just mean spiritually, physically, career-wise, you name it — you’re always a work in progress,” Stovetop said.
Over the 38-minute runtime, Stovetop encourages people to live their life to the fullest (“Bananas”), explains how to have fun on the dance floor without being provocative (“Feet Work”), never giving up (“Fighter”), rallying against secular materialism (“A.I.”), and more.
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