Review type: Album
Genre: Hip Hop
What else needs to be said?
I present to you GRAVITY!
After reviewing Gravity, I've noticed, in comparison to Lecraes other albums this one has way more focus. Also Lecrae challenges tradition, in hopes that we will too. The album expresses ideas on ecclesiastics, reality and the redundancy of life. Get ready for conviction because it is sure to come! Every song captures a different idea but the same ending; trust in God with all things. Gravity was well produced; there was an actual format. Lately, artists have just been throwing albums together hoping for the best, so it seems. And the organization is off! But Reach Records did a good job staying off of that path. I enjoyed the tempo of the sing transitions. It wasn't like most albums where I'm up high jammin' to on my knees worshipping. The album came together nicely. If you are someone asking "Why even believe' or "Why do I believe" This is the album I'd recommend downloading. It'll give you the guidance you need. Enjoy.
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The Drop (Intro): Lecrae sets up the tempo of the album with this introduction, being careful to orchestrate the different sounds. The beginning has a Renaissance feel to it, from the daintiness of the violin to the dramatic pulses of the organ. Then he incorporates a drum set and a "mission" fast-pace beat you'd hear from an action movie. I'm very impressed with the production, but not surprised by the quality, simply because of passed projects from Lecrae. "The Drop" isn't just the intro for the album but an outline. Letting us know what ideals will be expressed throughout Gravity. Here are some of them: Being adamant about creating change "Lets, talk about CHANGE for a change", Being unashamed "Got my faith on display", Be careful what you speak and believe to be filling "You just full of yourself, you just food on da shelf, eating for breakfast, talkin reckless, boy I know the chief, you don't know what he's cooking, its not easy to stomach, and your words will be eatin', folks wil' be readin' yo vomit,/ recipe for disaster as for blasphemy and as for me? Ask for me and I'll give you Gravity." AMEN! I'm honestly not doing the content justice but for the sake of overdone journalism, I've condensed the ideas. Towards the end the instruments break down the track, a musician will be able to appreciate the harmony. Honestly, for this to be the intro it alone is a great download. 5 Stars
Gravity Featuring J.R.: After listening to this song I considered two perceptive, both observations having correlations in the central idea of "Gravity". The first point of view I took on this song was the obvious one, a desire to be in heaven. J.R explains it in the chorus, that efforts are being made to go to heaven, but yet gravity is holding us back. The second point of view I took on this song was a little more abstract but generally the same census. So the idea is that gravity is actually reality. And Lecae talks about the harsh realities that we have to involve ourselves with because we are here on earth. He says: "Workers can't keep the profit, everything here is vain, my job is depressive, I strive for my blessings, the Pastor is so corrupt it's hard to ride with his message, riches destroy the owners, the government think the own us." Until God fulfills his plan through us we are stuck here, the gravity or "worldly reality" are the problems we have to endure, in hopes that God we see our works and send us home. Overall though, the song was fun to listen to, it was produced well and though the message is up for interpretation, it was still enjoyable. 4 Stars
Free From it All Featuring Mathal: "Why be a slave, when you were made to be free from the guilt, to be free from the shame, you're more than a name, if you go down you have the freedom to get up again." In this song Lecrae and Mathal remind us about the forgiveness that comes with our salvation. And the importance of never forgetting we are forgiven. We can claim boldly that because of who we serve even the very things we have yet to endure, it's okay because we're free from it all. Jesus blood confirms that. The beginning of this song starts with Mathai, whose voice is dynamic, she packs a lot of power in her artistry. I'm really amazed at her range and ability to capture the vibe, just from a few bars. The beat was interesting and the message was straight forward. 5 Stars
Falling Down Featuring Trip Lee and Swoope: In the beginning of this review I gave you a checklist of different qualities this album covered. Creativity being one, and this track exemplified just that through the lyrical content and beat. I don't have many reservations about this song but I will say that the chorus is a little off to me. I feel as though it slows down the tempo and doesn't match the "hype-ness" of each artist. Oh! And the bars from Trip, Swoope, and Lecrae are fierce, each mentioning ideas and objects that can cause us to fall. As well as recognizing just how temporary everything in this world is. Even the things the world says will satisfy us won't and essential never do. So be careful trying YOLO. This track is a must for downloading! 4 Stars
Violence: Lecrae is crazy!!! So I guess now he is Jamaican. Ha. In this song he speaks like someone from the islands. It's kind of interesting to hear especially in comparison to the actual Jamaican he features on the trick. But nevertheless, this track is amazing the beat is creative and the lyrics. Lecrae brings to light the heartless endeavors that led to emptiness and even violence. He says: " A passion to catastrophe, the genocidal blasphemy, no respect for humanity, they was hooked to insanity..." " You take life you give it, you took his life away but you gave yours up to the system.""Killin is the religion...ignorance got us slave and our names are in the mentions" "Highway to hell and we fightin' for the best seat". Each bar has it's own lesson and exposes the ironic patterns we witness in this world. I will confess that it did take a few listening sessions to actually understand the chorus. But I'm curious to know what you may think it says, so when you get it downloaded, comment and let me know what it sound like first listening. Overall the song was a great listen and I know the streets will be thankful for the love and encouragement. 5 Stars
Lucky Ones Featuring Ruby Currence: Wow! What I great way to end the album. Man, Lecrae I commend you on this track. I want to note that this song is so fitting for worship. Rudy Currence sets us up on a soulful journey and let me tell you, this is going to be a smooth ride. Rudy compliments this track so well; his voice blends in with the beat and accents every note. #Beastly. Ha. The song itself was powerful. The message being that we, children of God, are the lucky ones. Because we are covered in his blood and his grace is everlasting. These are the things we can access because we are his kids. "Everyday we taste of a grace we unconcern wit." Lecrae mentions and challenges us to consider the grace that we have everyday we wake, and it shouldn't be taken for granted. That's why we are "the lucky ones". This was a good conclusion for the album. It really brought all the ideas expressed before to the center. By grace we are healed. 5 Stars
By: Vanessa Carter l @ser881fm