In the later months of 2000, DC Talk, announced plans to take a hiatus. In November an album, Intermission: The Greatest Hits, was released to commemorate the split. The next album, Solo, released on April 24, 2001, indicated that solo careers were impending. The first two solo releases were, Empty, released July 3 by Tait, and Stereotype Be released August 28 by Kevin Max. Momentum's release was pushed back due to the September 11 attacks, and was released on November 6, 2001.
Jesus Freak Hideout's John DiBiase claimed "Momentum does in fact live up to its title. It has [momentum], slamming the listener with truthful lyrics, an honest message, and infectious rhythms and rhymes." Ashleigh Kittle of AllMusic stated "Momentum, an album reminiscent of DC Talk's early work, sets itself apart as a project highly deserving of the title 'much anticipated'. It is intricately detailed with layers of musical depth, combined with strong social messages such as racial reconciliation. And so it is with this release that tobyMac continues to reveal that he is indeed a modern day Renaissance man."Cross Rhythms' David Bain said "This eclectic album takes you on a breathtaking tour of diverse styles from gospel, on 'J Train' which features Kirk Franklin, to hard music, 'Yours' and 'Extreme Days' (featured on the film soundtrack), to the more subtle shades of hip hop, 'Irene' and 'In The Air' (a take of a classic Motown hit), all with Toby's infectious touch of rap throughout. The mixture of so many styles on this project made it tricky to place it under a category — perhaps rock would have been just as apt! But don't let that put you off, as the production and lyrical quality is suburb, with talented contributions coming from the likes of DJ Form, DJ Maj, Pete Stewart, Mooki and Otto Price. A great album for group playing and personal listening as there is something for everyone (well, almost!)."
Besides being tobyMac's only studio album not to crack the top 100 on the Billboard 200, Momentum is his longest studio album by track listing and second-longest by duration (beaten only by Welcome to Diverse City).