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.