I’m sure that everyone was super excited when they heard that Holy hip-hop’s poster child, Lecrae, was set to release another album after his huge success with Rebel. ‘Rebel’ topped the Gospel charts on Billboard and sat at the No. 1 spot on iTunes for about week. Lecrae’s newest album, ‘Rehab,’ was no different.
But if Rehab was the Sunday message, ‘Rehab: The Overdose’ is the spirit-filled praise and worship service. The title track, which was also released as the album’s single, features elements from Rick Ross’s “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast),” and serves as an intro to the album. Now, I could see how this track could be easily misunderstood as a “diss” track, especially to the more devout fans of modern-day hip-hop. However Lecrae does a clever job of keeping the focus on Jesus. The next track ‘More,’ is a rousing exhortation and outcry for spiritual strength and a fresh outpouring of God’s spirit. ‘Anger Management’ (ft. Thi’sl) touches on dealing with anger issues and taking those issues to God.
Almost every track on ‘The Overdose’ is upbeat and pulsing with hard-hitting bass, and the two most popular tracks on the album are ‘Chase That (Ambition)’ and ‘Battle Song’ (ft. Suzy Rock). “Battle Song” is a hyped-up anthem about taking up the cross and continuing to fight through the daily grind. The chorus is an anthem filled with charisma and attitude. It says, “Tell ‘em bring the guns out/ put my city up in flames/ yea though I walk through the valley of the death/ my hope still remains.” That along with a couple hot 16’s from Lecrae and a feature by Suzy Rock, this song is sure to get the masses moving.
But the song that brought the popularity bars all the way to the right (and my personal favorite) is “Chase That.” The song starts with a soft piano intro and then bursts into an electronic melody with a hard background bass kick, mixed in with violin and piano strokes. In this song Lecrae touches an interesting topic, telling the story about how he learned to sacrifice his own selfish ambitions for God’s greater glory. He cleverly explains his origins: “Started with hanging posters on my bedroom walls/to battle rappin’ for status up the school halls/just call me ‘double sushi,’ thought I was too raw/and hip-hop was my home, I had my shoes off.”
Overall, the album is still well put together for 11 extra tracks. It touches on a lot of interesting topics and sheds a different light onto many different themes in everyday life.
Rating: 5 stars for me!