Momentum (TobyMac album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 6, 2001 (2001-11-06)
GenreChristian hip hop, rapcore, Christian rock
ProducerToby McKeehan, Pete Stewart, Jeff Savage, Randall Crawford, Mooki, Todd Collins
TobyMac chronology
Re:Mix Momentum
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 starsAllmusic review
Cross Rhythms10/10 stars[1]
HM MagazineMostly positive[2]
Jesus Freak Hideout4/5 stars[3]

Momentum is the debut studio album from American recording artist TobyMac. It was released on November 6, 2001, through ForeFront Records.[4]

The album was well received and was nominated for a Grammy. It contains a message of tolerance and diversity in society.

Musically it has an urban pop sound which HM commented contains shadows of early DC Talk material.[2] In 2003, Re:Mix Momentum was released.


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.

Critical reception[edit]

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."[5] 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."[6] 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!)."[7]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[8]
1."Get This Party Started"Toby McKeehan, Pete Stewart, Michael-Anthony TaylorMcKeehan, Stewart2:22
2."What's Goin' Down"McKeehan, Stewart, Stephen StillsMcKeehan, Stewart3:42
3."Irene" (featuring Joanna Valencia)McKeehan, Randall Crawford, StewartMcKeehan, Jeff Savage, Crawford4:12
4."Toby's Mac" (Interlude)  0:45
5."J Train" (featuring Kirk Franklin)McKeehan, Savage, CrawfordMcKeehan, Savage, Crawford3:27
6."Do You Know" (featuring Joanna Valencia)Gerald Goffin, Michael Masser, McKeehan, TaylorMcKeehan, Mooki3:55
7."Tru-Dog" (Interlude)  1:06
8."Momentum"McKeehan, Taylor, StewartMcKeehan, Mooki3:23
9."Yours"McKeehan, StewartMcKeehan, Stewart3:52
10."Quiet Storm" (Interlude)  0:34
11."Wonderin' Why" (featuring Joanna Valencia)McKeehan, TaylorMcKeehan, Mooki3:42
12."Somebody's Watching" (featuring Joanna Valencia)McKeehan, Taylor, RockwellMcKeehan, Mooki3:15
13."Triple Skinny" (Interlude)  0:32
14."Love is in the House"McKeehan, StewartMcKeehan, Stewart5:18
15."Extreme Days"McKeehan, Taylor, Jamie Rowe, David BachMcKeehan, Mooki3:40
16."Don't Bring Me Down" (Interlude)  2:02
17."In the Air"McKeehan, Glenn GalaxyMcKeehan, Todd Collins4:01
18."Afterword" (Interlude)  1:02
Total length:50:58


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).

Music videos[edit]


  • TobyMac – lead vocals, background vocals, drum programming
  • Mooki – background vocals, drum programming, keyboards
  • Pete Stewart – guitars, bass, Wurlitzer, programming, background vocals
  • Jeff Savage – programming, B3, keyboards, turntables, piano, analog bass, background vocals
  • Brian Haley – drums
  • Barry Graul – guitars
  • Tony Lucido – bass
  • Dave Wyatt – keyboards
  • Michael Ripoll – guitars
  • Scott Savage – percussion


Chart (2001) Peak
US Billboard 200[9] 110
US Top Catalog Albums (Billboard)[10] 5
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[11] 8


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[12] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Bain, David (January 2002). "Toby Mac - Momentum". Cross Rhythms (67).
  2. ^ a b Bandoppler, Treble (January–February 2002). "Reviews / Momentum". HM Magazine (93): 54. ISSN 1066-6923.
  3. ^ DiBiase, John (2001-11-06). "tobyMac, "Momentum" Review". Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  4. ^ "tobyMac - Momentum (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs. November 6, 2001. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  5. ^ DiBiase, John (October 27, 2001). "tobyMac, 'Momentum' Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  6. ^ Kittle, Ashleigh. "Momentum - tobyMac - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  7. ^ Bain, David (January 3, 2002). "Review: Momentum - TobyMac - Cross Rhythms". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "Momentum by tobyMac on iTunes". iTunes Store (US). November 6, 2001. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  9. ^ "tobyMac Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "tobyMac Chart History (Top Catalog Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  11. ^ "tobyMac Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "American album certifications – TobyMac – Momentum". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 10, 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.