Check In (2:40)
Divine Intervention Ft. J.R. (3:51)
Just Like You Ft. J. Paul (5:16)
Gotta Know Ft. Benjah (4:12)
Used To Do It Too Ft. Kb (3:56)
Children of the Light Ft. Sonny Sandoval & Dillavou (3:33)
High Ft. Suzy Rock (3:46)
New Shalom Ft. Pro (4:23)
40 Deep Ft. Tedashii & Trip Lee (4:18)
Walking On Water (3:41)
God Is Enough Ft. Flame & Jai (3:55)
Boasting Ft. Anthony Evans (3:46)
Background Ft. C-Lite (4:39)
New Reality Ft. Chinua Hawk (4:08)
Release Date Ft. Chris Lee (3:34)
I Love You Ft. Chris Lee (Bonus Track) (3:17)
For an industry that is still developing and finding its voice the Christian Rap/Hip Hop industry has shown great maturity in sound and creativity over the years. Groups like Gritz and Cross Culture started it and now solo artists like Tripp Lee, Tedashi and Lecrae continue to give the industry a name and a face as well as a message. Of these strong artistsLecrae leads the way with almost ten radio hits in five albums he’s become one of the industry leader.
Coming off the enormous success of Rebel in 2008 fans of Atlanta’s Lecrae were wondering what would be the next step, well the wonders wonder no more. 2010 had one more smash hit before it closed and that was Rehab. The album follows the theme of recovering from our old addictions and chains that we were bound up in before Christ. The Rehab Lecrae is referring to is the change that comes through Christ. This is evident in songs like “I Used to Do It Too”"Children of the Light” and the intro to the album “Checkin’ In” along with several other songs on the album.
The song “Background” is one of the more spiritually challenging songs on this album. Featuring the vocals of C. Lite the song gives us a look at what our lives should look like. The message is that we should take the background to God, that we don’t run the show but God does and we should let him have the starring role in our lives Lecrae admits “I know I miss my cues, know I forget my lines, I’m sticking to your script, I’m sticking to your signs” The thought of course is that we don’t always get it right, we don’t always do what we need to do in this life but if we follow God’s call and the cues and signs that He gives us.
Musically this album is very different from what fans expect, some of the tracks almost seem hardcore without all the guitars. This increase in intensity not only shows that Lecrae can rock out but that he is not limited to one specific style of rap or one particular auto tune. Some of the tracks sound like something you might here on a “Flo Rider” or “Slim Shady” album. This will help bring in a new audience who has not been reached well by the Christian Rap industry. Combined with Lacrae’s usual strong, bible-based Lyrics this album is the complete package.
Lecrae has done it again, putting out yet another great chapter in his career. I look forward to what he will continue to do in the future as he reaches out to youth and Christians around the world. This is an album that Lecrae fans old and new will be buying and playing for a long time to come. And if you really love this album there’s an “Overdose” addition out now with bonus content. Check it out.
Record Label: Reach Records
Album length: 17 tracks: 66 minutes, 23 seconds
Street Date: September 28, 2010