1. The Drop (Intro)
2. Gravity (feat. J.R.)
3. Walk With Me (feat. Novel)
4. Free from It All (feat. Mathai)
5. Falling Down (feat. Swoope & Trip Lee)
6. Fakin' (feat. Thi'sl)
8. Mayday (feat. Big K.R.I.T. & Ashthon Jones)
11. Power Trip (feat. Pro, Sho Baraka & Andy Mineo)
12. Lord Have Mercy (feat. Tedashii)
13. I Know
14. Tell the World (feat. Mali Music)
15. Lucky Ones (feat. Rudy Currence)
By now it’s safe to say Lecrae Moore has become one of the leaders of the Christian Rap Industry. After his separation form 116 Clique he has put out 4 full length studio albums, a follow up EP, and most recently his first DVD and mix tape. His dynamic and unique approach to rap has drawn crowds form all over the states as he continues to be the poster boy for Reach Records. But after the huge success of Rehab everyone wondered where he would go next, how would he answer? His answer was his fifth full length studio project Gravity.
The best way to describe Gravity is that it is different. Not to say that it is not a rap album, it is most defiantly a rap album. The difference is that while Rehab and Rebel took on overall bright tones Gravity takes on a slightly darker tone. That is the beats seem a lot darker reminiscent more of Tedashi than the upbeat Lecrea we are used too. Songs like the title cut “Gravity” almost seem depressing as do “Falling Down” and “Confessions.” The old upbeat lecrea does appear on tracks like “Walk with Me” and “Free from it All,” but even these have fairly dark undertones. On that note some of these songs are actually slightly annoying, songs like “I know” and “Violence” could have been mixed without the high pitched voices. One thing that will stand out will be the use of some of the older rap beats that have been lost in the age of digital sounds and auto-tunes.
If you think though that the darkness extends to the lyrics then in some cases you’d be right. Though it seems that this album is a good answer to the critics that Christians Hip-Hop isn’t “Socially Conscious.” With tracks like “Confessions” giving the listener an inside scoop on life as a millionaire. Meanwhile “Free from it all” talks about the demands of an artist in the eyes of the public to be perfect. “Falling Down,” which features fellow Reach artist Trip Lee, talks about our tendency to slip back into our old lives when we see the world crumbling around us. “Fakin’” is a critique of those who claim to know Christ but live as if they didn’t. “Buttons” tries to play into the success of “I Love You” from the end of Rehab as he sings to his wife about a fight they may have had.
A standout track would be the song “Tell the World” which will remind the listener of songs like “Beautiful Feet” (Rebel) and “Send Me” (After the Music Stops). “I’m ready to go, I’m gonna tell the world what they need to know, a slave to myself but you let me go, tried to get high but it left me low.” These lyrics show the depth and the passion of the heart of the veteran rapper as he seeks to tell the world about Christ.
If one were to classify this new album one could say that it is a good blend of the old and the new. Lecrea has once again managed to released a relevant and inspiring album despite the darkness of the beats and occasional darkness of the messages, Lecrea does what we all should do, points to the hope we have in Christ.