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Nu Thang (1990)

Updated: Aug 27, 2023

Nu Thang is the second studio album by the Christian vocal trio DC Talk, released on September 1, 1990 by ForeFront Records.

Nu Thang would prove to be successful, climbing to number 5 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart and it was their first Gold certified album selling half a million copies by 1994. Nu Thang had two successful singles with the title song and "Can I Get a Witness." Apart from dealing strictly with Christian themes, the band incorporated songs addressing social issues, such as racism in the song "Walls" and abortion in "Children Can Live (Without It)." The hip hop/pop styling of the album earned the band attention, expanding the group's audience, and by 1991, Nu Thang had sold 200,000 copies. The band became an opening act for Michael W. Smith and received their first Dove Award for Rap/Hip Hop/Dance Album of the Year.

In 1992, a year after its release, Nu Thang sold more than 300,000 copies and gave the trio two more Dove Awards. In addition to the increasing attention that the group began to receive, DC Talk appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show that same year and also earned their first Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Gospel Album at the 34th Grammy Awards. In 1991, DC Talk released a VHS of their music videos and live performances called Rap, Rock & Soul which won them a Dove Award for Long Form Music Video of the Year.

Track listing

1. When DC Talks (Toby McKeehan, Mark Heimermann) -2:29

2. He Works (Toby McKeehan, Jeff Silvey, Joe Hogue) -3:40

3. I Luv Rap Music (Toby McKeehan, Jackie Gore) -3:50

4. No More (Toby McKeehan) -3:38

5. Nu Thang (Toby McKeehan, Joel Dobbins) -4:13

6. Things of This World (Toby McKeehan) -5:12

7. Walls (Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait) -4:11

8. Talk It Out (Toby McKeehan) -4:00

9. Take It to The Lord (Toby McKeehan) -4:21

10. Children Can Live (Without It) (Toby McKeehan, Jeff Silvey) -3:57

11. Can I Get a Witness (Toby McKeehan) -4:26


Toby McKeehan -rap, lead and backing vocals

Michael Tait -lead and backing vocals

Kevin Max -lead and backing vocals

Production credits

Toby McKeehan and Mark Heimermann -producers (all tracks)

Tommy Cathey (T.C.) -co-producer (tracks 6 -11)

Gold certified in 1994.


Dove Award -1991 Rap/Hip Hop/Dance Album of the Year (Nu Thang)

1992 Rap/Hip Hop/Dance Recorded Song of the Year ("I Luv Rap Music")

1992 Long Form Music Video of the Year (Rap, Rock & Soul) 1993 Rap/Hip Hop/Dance Recorded Song of the Year ("Can I Get a Witness")

Radio singles

"Nu Thang" -#3 Christian CHR

"Talk It Out" -#22 Christian CHR

Previous release: DC Talk (1989)

Next release: Free at Last (1992)

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