Hate it or Love it, The Game is here to stay! Jayceon Taylor is one of those guys that somehow manages to rise to the top no matter what gets thrown at him. It doesn't matter if it's a rap feud, court case or even hot lead, The Game always prevails. So when you take all of this into account, it's no wonder that he titled his 5th album, Jesus Piece. This album came out in 2012, but it's still a better listen than a lot of the commercial hits on the airwaves today.
Jesus Piece as a title, is a bold move within itself. It seems a lot of rappers get to a certain point where they feel they've hit "God Staus" lyrically, but as long as it stops there it seems most people don't mind. We won't even go into some of these other rappers that take things a little to far in this review, since for now we are focusing on The Game. Jesus Piece has a lot
of cuts that are noteworthy, but the one we'd like to focus on today is "Hallelujah". This track finds "The Game" sitting through a Sunday service describing all the sin around him.
We're going to review this song a little differently because of it's questionable symbolism and offensive content. We're not going to quote lyrics off the track because the lyrics as a whole paint the positive note, but individually they are sacrilegious at best. So our take on the positivity in this track is that The Game has spoken to the troubled youths in a language that they can understand. He's gone out on a limb to bring religion to the unknown, but to do it, he had walk a hot line. Use of foul language and indirect references to religion run rampant throughout this song and a large part of the album. 'Hallelujah" is a track with a lot of truth, but it's also got some moments when your not even sure if you should be enjoying it as much as you are.
Whew! Glad that's over..lol Talk about a tough review!
There are so many directions we'd like to go with this one, but to end, we'll leave you with this side-note:
When you look at the troubled youths of today, most of them don't even know the first thing about religion. They only know what they see on television or have heard from missionaries knocking on their door. There's no grace at dinner time or even a dinner table to sit down at. There are drugs in the kitchen, guns in the playpen and addicts walking within the home. It's unimaginable for most of us, but for some it's their reality. Game comes from a rough start as well including drugs and gangs, so it would seem that he is someone that can reach these kids when no one else can. Let's just hope he steers them toward the light.
Feel free to post your thoughts on Jesus Piece and let us know what you think of the album, after reading this review.