STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 130014-20546 LABEL: Reach 829569823420 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2012-09-24 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Steve Hayes
As all gospel hip-hop devotees will know, 'Gravity' stormed into America's mainstream album chart on release and I'm not alone in believing that this, Lecrae's sixth studio album is his finest project to date. This brilliantly produced project explosively impacts the listener, from Lecrae's passionate flow on the rocking "The Drop" through to the quiet reflections of the end track "Lucky Ones" featuring Rudy Currence as the emcee testifies to the goodness and grace of God. The title track with JR guesting has a socio-political edge as well as an eternal perspective, referencing the Devil who wants us to "burn for the hell of it". Again, the variation in tone, breaks and backing tracks take listeners on a musical journey - from the grooving frequencies of "Walk With Me" to the brilliantly minimalist occasionally ragga-fused "Violence". Lecrae brings things up close and lovingly personal in "Buttons". Killer lines fill the project - "Truth is I was put together like the mob/Geppetto put me together/My strings lead to God" ("Power Trip"). Impressively, Christendom's best selling rapper has come up with an album that crosses over between the Christian hip-hop and the mainstream scene with Lecrae bringing in Big K.R.I.T. to guest (perfectly) on "Mayday". The album closes with the uplifting "Tell The World" featuring the hugely talented Mali Music. An album which will be enjoyed for years to come.
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At 19-years-old, at the encouragement of a Christian leader, Lecrae attended a conference and heard James White deliver a message that turned his world upside down and showed him his need for a Saviour.
One listen to Lecrae, and it is unashamedly evident that he has a worldview not commonly found in popular Hip Hop. From the south side of Houston, to a major platform in the movement of urban reform, a rocky road provides a window into the grace he experienced through out his life--with every situation moulding him into the artist and leader he is today.
Having established himself as the frontrunner of Christian Rap, Lecrae returned in 2010 with an album whose influenced extended into mainstream media and culture. Rehab, arguably his most heartfelt album to date, broke into the Billboard Top 200 Albums debuting at No. 17, while reaching No. 3 on the Top 10 Albums chart on iTunes.
With an offering of rehabilitation found in Christ alone, Lecrae also maintained his established base, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Christian chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart. The impact of this album continues to spread across the globe, receiving nominations for several awards including a Grammy for Best Rock/Rap Gospel album.