Restoration (Lecrae album)

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Restoration
Lecrae restoration album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 21, 2020 (2020-08-21)
Genre Christian hip hop
Label Reach
Lecrae chronology
Let the Trap Say Amen
(2018)
Restoration
(2020)
Singles from Restoration
  1. "Set Me Free"
    Released: March 20, 2020
  2. "Deep End"
    Released: June 24, 2020
  3. "Drown"
    Released: July 17, 2020
  4. "Zombie"
    Released: August 7, 2020

Restoration is the tenth studio album by American Christian hip hop artist Lecrae, released on August 21, 2020, through Reach Records. The album features appearances from YK Osiris, Marc E. Bassy, John Legend, Jozzy, DaniLeigh, BJ the Chicago Kid and Gwen Bunn.

Contents

Background

Lecrae announced the album along with a new upcoming book, I Am Restored: How I Lost My Religion but Found My Faith, in February 2020. [1] [2] Lecrae subsequently left Columbia Records and returned to being a fully independent artist. [3]

During the several years prior to the album's release, Lecrae had struggled with clinical depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and marital problems, and considered abandoning Christianity. [4] [5] [6] He attributes much of this to trauma he encountered in his childhood, [5] trauma which resurfaced when he started facing relentless criticism from many Christians. [7] After a trip to Israel with a group of Christian hip hop artists, including labelmate Andy Mineo as well as FLAME, Derek Minor, Canon, and Spechouse, which included the group being baptized in the Jordan River, Lecrae was restored in his faith. [7] He also went to therapy and repaired his relationship with his wife. [5]

Promotion

On March 20, 2020, Lecrae released the album's lead single "Set Me Free" featuring YK Osiris. [8] On June 24, 2020, the second single "Deep End" was released. [9] On July 17, 2020, the third single "Drown" featuring John Legend was released. [10]

Conceptual theme

Lecrae has stated that the theme of the album is about mending what is broken, both as an individual and in society, and finding holistic restoration and healing, particularly from God. [6] He told Forbes that "I think a lot of times we're looking for where that restoration can come from and we're missing the reality that we have the God-given ingenuity and the light in us to do the work that we want to see done in society and in the world. I believe that's possible. I've sat in therapist chairs. I've done meditation. I believe holistically we can be restored, regardless of our circumstances. That's the heartbeat of the album." [6] In an interview with The Christian Post , he said that "God is more perfect than I am and there's nothing we can do to make Him love us more or less. There's no situation that we're in that He's not wanting to help us through." [5]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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Scott Fryberger of Jesus Freak Hideout gave the album 4 stars out of 5, praising the theme, sound and lyrics of the album. He also praised Lecrae for his vulnerability on the album by saying "Lecrae's journey through hell and back is inspirational and relatable, and the music it's paired with is some of his best work in years". [11]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Restore Me"
  • Lecrae Moore
  • Ray Castro
  • Ace Harris
  • Alex Medina
  • Dave James
  • Taylor Hill
Ray Castro, Ace Harris, Alex Medina, Dave James & Taylor Hill1:17
2."Set Me Free" (featuring YK Osiris)
GAWVI 2:58
3."Wheels Up" (featuring Marc E. Bassy)
  • Larry Griffin
  • Moore
  • Stuart Lowery
  • Kelvin Wooten
  • Marc Griffin
  • Abe Parker
Inc. No World, Epikh Pro, Kelvin Wooten & S1 4:04
4."Over the Top"
  • Tray Haggerty
  • D'Shaun
  • Moore
  • Christopher Michael Hulvey
  • Samuel Gloade
30 Roc 3:12
5."Self Discovery"
Kelvin Wooten & S12:28
6."Deep End"
  • Britanny Foushee
  • John Summit
  • Moore
  • Khari Alamin
Anthony Gardner2:41
7."Drown" (featuring John Legend)
  • Jim Lavigne
  • Moore
  • Micah Premnath
  • Alex Stacey
  • Danny Majic
  • Justin Franks
  • Ace Harris
  • John Legend
Danny Majic, DJ Frank E & Ace Harris3:21
8."Saturday Night" (featuring Jozzy)
  • Ricks II
  • Moore
  • Joshua Brennan
  • Jocelyn Donald
Oshi2:08
9."Sunday Morning" (featuring Kirk Franklin)
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Moore
  • Lynwood Norris
  • Denisia Andrews
  • Nathanael Saint-Fleur
  • Terrence Antonio Jones
  • Harris
  • Lowery
  • Shama Joseph
  • Kuwanna J. Moore
  • Brittany Coney
Anthem, Ace Harris, Epikh Pro & SAK PASE4:02
10."Zombie"
Epikh Pro & Taylor Hill2:32
11."Keep Going"
  • Harris
  • PA Carvello
  • Christopher N'Quay
  • Fletcher Redd
  • Moore
Quay Global, Carvello & Ace Harris2:28
12."Still" (featuring DaniLeigh)
NOVA WAV & Mike Woods2:56
13."Only Human" (featuring BJ the Chicago Kid)
  • Kenneth Deron Anderson
  • Harris
  • Tyler Alan Brasel
  • Dave James
  • John McNeil
  • John Smythe
  • Bryan James Sledge
  • Moore
30WON, Dave James, Ace Harris & 42 North3:49
14."Nothing Left to Hide" (featuring Gwen Bunn)
  • Gwen Bunn
  • Larry Griffin Jr.
  • Moore
Ace Harris, Inc. No World & S13:37

Sample credits

Charts

Chart performance for Restoration
Chart (2020)Peak
position
UK Christian & Gospel Albums (OCC) [12] 5
US Billboard 200 [13] 69
US Christian Albums (Billboard) [14] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard) [15] 13
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) [16] 39

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