I never really was huge on The Game, and even his dedicated fans have been disappointed with his most recent material. However, after I heard “Hallelujah”, a leaked track with Jamie Foxx, I figured I should give his new album Jesus Piece a serious listen. Let me tell you, it’s well worth it.
Initially branded as a concept album, the presence of religion in this project is more of a theme than anything. The Game seemingly opens up in confession, lamenting his desire to be good with God but how too often the hustler, rapper lifestyle gets in the way. If you’re looking for features, search no further. The cast of appearances is top notch and includes Rick Ross, Meek Mill, J Cole, Kanye, Big Sean, & Kendrick Lamar, to name a few.
Jesus Piece has some solid tracks that reflect its spiritual theme (Jesus Piece feat. Kanye & Common, Can’t Get Right feat. K Roosevelt) but still finds time to lay out some harsh bars (Scared Now feat. Meek Mill, See No Evil feat. Kendrick Lamar & Tank, Dead People). There are some duds (Heaven’s Arms, Blood Diamonds) but overall, this is clearly The Game’s best work to date. I’ve included “Ali Bomaye” feat. 2 Chainz & Rick Ross, my favorite track other than Hallelujah. Still, make sure you grab the whole album on iTunes here.