Restoration (Lecrae album)

Restoration
Lecrae restoration album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released August 21, 2020 (2020-08-21)
Genre Christian hip hop
Label Reach
Lecrae chronology
Let the Trap Say Amen
(2018)
Restoration
(2020)
Singles from Restoration
  1. "Set Me Free"
    Released: March 20, 2020
  2. "Deep End"
    Released: June 24, 2020
  3. "Drown"
    Released: July 17, 2020
  4. "Zombie"
    Released: August 7, 2020

Restoration is the tenth studio album by American Christian hip hop artist Lecrae, released on August 21, 2020, through Reach Records. The album features appearances from YK Osiris, Marc E. Bassy, John Legend, Jozzy, DaniLeigh, BJ the Chicago Kid and Gwen Bunn.

Background

Lecrae announced the album along with a new upcoming book, I Am Restored: How I Lost My Religion but Found My Faith, in February 2020.[1][2] Lecrae subsequently left Columbia Records and returned to being a fully independent artist.[3]

During the several years prior to the album's release, Lecrae had struggled with clinical depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and marital problems, and considered abandoning Christianity.[4][5][6] He attributes much of this to trauma he encountered in his childhood,[5] trauma which resurfaced when he started facing relentless criticism from many Christians.[7] After a trip to Israel with a group of Christian hip hop artists, including labelmate Andy Mineo as well as FLAME, Derek Minor, Canon, and Spechouse, which included the group being baptized in the Jordan River, Lecrae was restored in his faith.[7] He also went to therapy and repaired his relationship with his wife.[5]

Promotion

On March 20, 2020, Lecrae released the album's lead single "Set Me Free" featuring YK Osiris.[8] On June 24, 2020, the second single "Deep End" was released.[9] On July 17, 2020, the third single "Drown" featuring John Legend was released.[10]

Conceptual theme

Lecrae has stated that the theme of the album is about mending what is broken, both as an individual and in society, and finding holistic restoration and healing, particularly from God.[6] He told Forbes that "I think a lot of times we're looking for where that restoration can come from and we're missing the reality that we have the God-given ingenuity and the light in us to do the work that we want to see done in society and in the world. I believe that's possible. I've sat in therapist chairs. I've done meditation. I believe holistically we can be restored, regardless of our circumstances. That's the heartbeat of the album."[6] In an interview with The Christian Post, he said that "God is more perfect than I am and there's nothing we can do to make Him love us more or less. There's no situation that we're in that He's not wanting to help us through."[5]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[11]

Scott Fryberger of Jesus Freak Hideout gave the album 4 stars out of 5, praising the theme, sound and lyrics of the album. He also praised Lecrae for his vulnerability on the album by saying "Lecrae's journey through hell and back is inspirational and relatable, and the music it's paired with is some of his best work in years".[11]

Track listing

Sample credits

  • "Set Me Free" contains a sample from "Shackles (Praise You)" performed by Mary Mary and interpolations from "Same Old Story" written and performed by TQ Dat Mayne featuring B.B. King
  • "Deep End" contains a sample from "Deep End" performed by John Summit and interpolations from "Deep End Freestyle" written and performed by Sleepy Hallow and Fousheé
  • "Zombie" contains a sample from "We're Blessed" performed by Fred Hammond & Radical for Christ and interpolations from "I'm 'n Luv (wit a Stripper)" written and performed by T-Pain featuring Mike Jones
  • "Keep Going" contains interpolations from "Celebrate More" written and performed by 116, Andy Mineo & Hulvey featuring Lecrae

Charts

Chart performance for Restoration
Chart (2020) Peak
position
UK Christian & Gospel Albums (OCC)[12] 5
US Billboard 200[13] 69
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[14] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[15] 13
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[16] 39

References

  1. ^ Be Allah, Sha (February 27, 2020). "New York Times Bestselling Author Lecrae Talks Forthcoming Book and Album". The Source. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  2. ^ Sarachik, Justin (February 27, 2020). "Lecrae Announces Details & Release Date of New Book 'I Am Restored'". Rapzilla.
  3. ^ Amorosi, A. D. (May 29, 2020). "In Leaving a Major Label, Faith-Based Rapper Lecrae Embraces the Spirit of Independence Along with Spirituality". Variety.
  4. ^ Gibson, Charity (September 5, 2017). "Lecrae Explains Why He Nearly Left Christianity and Contemplated Suicide (Video)". The Christian Post. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d Law, Jeannie (August 21, 2020). "Lecrae candidly talks marriage issues, depression, trap of fame and power of God's restoration". The Christian Post. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c McIntyre, Hugh (April 24, 2020). "Lecrae Talks New Single, Album, Movie And Book: Interview". Forbes. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Sarachik, Justin (April 22, 2020). "Lecrae Found Restoration After an Identity Crisis Left Him Feeling Like a Failure [INTERVIEW]". Rapzilla. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  8. ^ "Set Me Free - Single". Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  9. ^ "Deep End - Single". Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  10. ^ "Drown - Single". Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  11. ^ a b Fryberger, Scott (August 20, 2020). "Lecrae Restoration". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  12. ^ "Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart Top 20". Official Charts Company. August 28, 2020. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  13. ^ "Lecrae Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  14. ^ "Lecrae Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  15. ^ "Lecrae Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  16. ^ "Lecrae Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2020.

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