The much anticipated album Rehab by Lecrae hits the street today. If you don’t know, my wife and I are part of a Recovery ministry at our church. I was so excited by the content that at first I didn’t realize how great the album was musically and lyrically. But it is truly a great record. I’ve listened to it all day.
The first track is called Check In, as in check in to rehab. It’s just about recognizing our weakness and being willing to walk through the process of God healing you. Except it has that low monotone vocal underneath the main vocal reminiscent of Timbaland’s best tracks. And it’s way cooler than when I introduce the idea of God healing.
I loved so much of this record. Killa is a great song, so much of the vocab is straight from our Recovery experience. Buying into the ‘honey-dipped lies’, feasting on our ‘secret sins’. It’s just about being tempted by something that will kill us. In other words, it’s about all of us.
Divine Intervention has a great rap for the verse, but then elevates into this killer swing vocal for the chorus. It has a great line about God speaking the earth into existence with no autotune. And of course in the background of those words is a tightly autotuned vocal. Brilliant.
If you’ll listen casually to Just Like You, you will love the cool vibe to the song. But if you listen closely, you may weep. It’s talking about young men following the men who have fallen before us. The lyric, the timing, the insight are phenomenal in this track.
Children of the Light is bold and aggressive. I can’t wait to see some of this stuff live. I can see the church lifting this up together, preparing for the battle we call life. “We are children of the light, royal rulers of the day.”
Walking On Water is another great tune. I love the lines that talk about how it’s not will power, it’s God at the wheel, that’s the real power. We don’t walk on water because we decide to. We do it because He gives us the grace to. All our success depends intimately on Him.
God Is Enough lays out all the things that the world is trying to sell us as fulfillment. And then arrives at the chorus, which simply says, “God is enough.”
And then Boasting starts with this amazing vocal, and of course, it’s Anthony Evans. Not fair. There are guests throughout this project. It’s the result of true community.
I can’t recommend this highly enough. Love the music, but also open your heart to what God has for you. God wants to heal you. You have been hurt, you are hurting yourself, you are hurting others. It’s a natural result of the fall. But God has a greater plan. It doesn’t start when we get to heaven. Life is Rehab.
Hope you take a listen. I’ve got to go listen some more. Later.
10 thoughts on “Rehab Is For Quitters (And Everyone Else)”
I’m fighting the temptation to go and listen to the album before my pre-order arrives….perhaps I need Rehab 😉
Thanks for such a great review Todd…really looking forward to it arriving!
Funny that you blogged about this today because I listened to some of it earlier this afternoon on iTunes. This is not a genre that I normally listen to, but the title of the album intrigued me. I’m also involved in a recovery ministry, and the lyrics of these songs are so honest and life-giving. I’m looking forward to hearing the whole CD. “Life is Rehab” is so true, and thankfully God has a greater plan.
“You have been hurt, you are hurting yourself, you are hurting others. It’s a natural result of the fall. But God has a greater plan. It doesn’t start when we get to heaven. Life is Rehab.”
That’s really good Todd! It really is.
Life is hard and it beats people up…all people. We each deal with it in different ways, and most of those ways are dysfunctional. God is our answer.
Many blessings friend. May God richly bless you and yours.
I myself have been changed in a recovery ministry at my home church. It was such a great and moving experience becoming completely transparent and opening myself up to my Lord. Through the support of my church and Gods power, my life was changed forever. I still remind myself that we all need recovery somehow and that God wants to heal and mend broken hearts. I’ll give the album a listen. By the way, you were great this past Sunday at Vinton Baptist. Thanks Todd and God bless!
Well….. I’m convinced.
I bought it yesterday morning and haven’t stopped listening. I love “Children of the Light”.
I love your music and is looking forward to hear more of them! Wish you more power, wisdom and graces in Jesus name! God Bless always!
A while back at HP Church you played a version of “Ill Fly Away”.
I am wondering if you have ever recorded that song. If so where might I find it
Todd, I haven’t listened to this yet, but the boldness of the topic of this album, and your courage to post about it, is refreshing and freeing.
“God wants to heal you. You have been hurt, you are hurting yourself, you are hurting others. It’s a natural result of the fall. But God has a greater plan. It doesn’t start when we get to heaven. Life is Rehab.” Yes. This life is rehab, or, a process of daily reconnecting with our healer, our bride groom, Jesus.
I greatly appreciate the strength, wisedom, plateform, and boldness that God gives you to address sin, it opens a pathway for me to address my own sin. God so often uses you powerfully in my life, and I am thankful! I believe in what God is doing in and through you, and know many others do, too.
I listened to a link of a recovery ministry on a web sight from a church in Dallas today, and I believe that the speaker had much wisedom and truth that points all who battle sin to victory. Rehab is for everyone.
Thank you again for allowing God to use you! I pray God continually strengthens, empowers, equipts, and touches you in powerful ways always bringing His light to shine radiantly to, in and from you! I pray He also protects, unifies, and blesses you and your family as you walk this journey together! I especially pray the young ones have revelations of and carry the flame of His love! In Jesus name, amen!
My daughter and I went to your concert last night in small town Henning TN. We are big fans and we loved it!!! Thanks