Take a dash of Toby Mac, add a little Will Smith to the mix and then modernize everything for the 21st Century and you’ll be in the general music territory DJ Dee Kimble deftly explores in his new song “I Couldn’t“.
Like most good rap, the spoken words flow freely, quickly and rhythmically with cleverly placed timing to keep things interesting. The musical hook is catchy and the instrumentation is well produced.
Lyrically, Kimble speaks of challenges that will strike a chord with many new followers of Christ. Especially during the first few years after we give our life to Jesus, and to some extent from time to time throughout the rest of our days on earth, there will be moments of nagging temptation to fall back into old habits, as though the voice of our former self is somehow calling us back to destructive behaviors. “Society makes it hard to have good values, morals and integrity”, he says. Properly taking a stand and metaphorically “talking back” to those voices of temptation is what this song is all about.
1 Peter 1:14 instructs us: “Do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.” Kimball puts it like this. “Now that God is in my life… I cannot go back to my old ways… I couldn’t I couldn’t I couldn’t.”
DJ Dee Kimble also has a preview video of “I Couldn’t” available at YouTube. Check it out!