It is pretty safe to say that Christianity usually doesn’t mean much in hip-hop. Either an artist raps about shooting enough people to consist of a small village and then praises the lord when handed their Grammy or they hit today’s market with lines like, “Eatin’ Lucky Charms out of the bowl/ Jesus savin’ marshmallows like he savin’ my soul.”. Luckily, OSI and IseQold (aka The Regiment) peg themselves into neither hole: their faith comes through here and there, but it never makes things corny or “undope.” Actually, they manage to bring something to the table that many artists struggle with: diversity. Optimism, truth, confidence, bangers and sad stories are all interlaced on A New Beginning. From track one, it’s apparent that anyone who enjoys some good ‘ole boom-bap is in for a treat. With production from New York (Big Tone), Michigan (Pig Pen) and even the UK (Ghosttown), it’s clear that The Regiment is not afraid to do things their own way. The track “Old School Vibe” definitely lives up to its name, offering listeners nothing but pure, quintessential hip-hop music. That is what a lot of this album is. For the most part, it discusses how the game has changed, glimpses of their own lives and the occasional lyrical acrobatics. “World We Live” tells the tale of two friends who take very different paths in life and is a story that ultimately ends in death. While the motives behind the actions of certain characters could have been explained a bit more in depth, the duo still does a good job of portraying the situation. The two songs after this one are just as creative. On “Home (Detroit),” The Regiment spits from the perspective of the state itself (or for the sake of the song, “herself”) while on “Soul to Keep,” satan, Jesus and man all lend verses. All in all, there are points on A New Beginning where they could have come a little harder or really dug deep with their simile/metaphor game (i.e. “Humble Arrogance”) but due to their style being focused more on the message behind the lyrics, it’s understandable. No matter how it’s sliced, The Regiment make quality music and take many of today’s rappers to church.