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Music Review: Hip-Hop Gospel Artist Lecrae’s “Gravity”

The distinguishment between Lecrae’s previous recordings and “Gravity” is his growth, his truth, and his desire to continue express himself and his faith in ways most are afraid to speak of. Tradition dictates the subjects we’re ‘allowed’ to talk about and share with the world—at least that’s what Christianity has been upheld to—in a box.…

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The distinguishment between Lecrae’s previous recordings and “Gravity” is his growth, his truth, and his desire to continue express himself and his faith in ways most are afraid to speak of. Tradition dictates the subjects we’re ‘allowed’ to talk about and share with the world—at least that’s what Christianity has been upheld to—in a box. Lecrae expresses ways of thinking outside of the box to draw people to God’s awesomeness. So many powerful messages he touches on this album.

His mixtape “Church Clothes” generated much criticism within the Christian community for his perception of the church through the mind of an unbeliever. With the world constantly changing, more issues are being looked over, untouched, and unaware. If we never address the problem, how can we expect to find the solution? That’s what Lecrae has been conveying, broadening the “Gospel/Hip-Hop” genre to other horizons.

Lecrae’s growing and shaping more into his own as he lyrically expresses himself in a way of importance and impacting the whole world. I think “Gravity” is more personal than Lecrae’s previous albums and mixtapes. To see his journey and his humbleness is very uplifting and encouraging. He discusses love for a companion, his father, wealth, violence, and etc. It is the best album of his and I cannot wait for the next. And the next and so forth. That’s why “Gravity” is one of my all-time favorite albums with a rating of 5 Stars.

So which songs on “Gravity” are my favorites?

“Gravity” can be one ugly thing. Sometimes you can feel like your on top of the world and it can pull you down. But a really good message that Lecrae portrays is, “I can’t stay.” Another message, “Everything in your hand you’ll never keep so why hold on?” The world, everything is going to all go down soon. This track bridges tracks “Wall With Me and “Free From It All” into “Falling Down,” with its underlining if you feel despair or defeat, everything will do down and you’ll “go somewhere where there’s no gravity.”

A personal track from Lecrae, “Walk With Me,” speaks about his father never wanted him, his mother skipped out and his grandfather’s death, it hit him how people keep leaving him…those moments when we need someone to lean on or uplift up, I recommend listening to this one. “Jesus, come walk with me, hear my cry, let your love rain from the sky.” The pressures and problems in life can wear you down, fall to your knees.

“Free From It All” is an very uplifting song—the vocals and lyrics were so empowering. This song you can play when you wake up in the morning before starting your day. Feeling free from it all relieves all the weights and pressures of life.

Violence- Another powerful, touchy subject that Lecrae tackles—violence instilled in young men to where they think it’s the “Man” thing if you don’t sell drugs, be in a gang, or carry a weapon. “Little boys want to bang but they barely got a brain…too scared to be better.” He conveys the message that taking someone’s life is like giving up your life to the system, violence isn’t the answer. “War, violence, six feet, rest in silence.”

“Mayday”—-Ashthon Jones vocals on this track are phenomenal. This track speaks about false prophets, despair, and hope of “Doing what I can…leave it in the Lord’s hands.” The song is uplifting as well. “When I look at Jesus, he lived the life I couldn’t,” Lecrae shows his appreciation. I recommend this song as well for when you need encouraging.

“Confe$sions” tells the tale of how many people want fame and fortunes but really don’t consider what it all entails. You can have all the money in the world, companionship, cars, homes, etc. but what would it matter if you’re alone or unhappy. I think Lecrae portrays this wonderfully. Everyone who wants to be famous should hear this song.

Dedicated to a female companion, one can assume to Lecrae’s wife, the track “Buttons” should be the anthem for the male population I think. Marriage is for better and for worse. Through the ups and downs, we’ll stick it out and make it work together.“Though you push my buttons, I ain’t going nowhere.” This shows his romantic side.

“Power Trip” conveys the pressures of the world and everything in it. Lecrae delivers the question, “Do you really want it all, the world in the palm of your hands?” Envy can corrupt you if you let it, humility not being shown or taught, can take you out to where you think you’re on top of the world and then it’s all over.

Lecrae speaks to the criticism, the haters and naysayers in “I Know.” The tenacity and strength in saying, “Yes, I know what they’re saying but I’m not tripping. Even when I do the right thing, they still want fight me.” Pleasing yourself and the Man Above is all that matters when it comes to people’s ideas of what you should be, how you should do it, and who they want you to be.

This song speaks to the heart of it all and you can hear it in this song, “Tell The World.” Mali Music is the icing on the delicious cake. The message, “I gave you no reason…what did I do to deserve this loving? Christ came and rescued me and I’m going to tell the world. I’m a Billboard.”

“Lucky Ones” expresses his gratefulness for being one of the “Lucky Ones,” this is another personal one. This song registers with my soul from beginning to end. The emotion and flow of this track makes this one my ultimate most favorite on the album. God gives us a second chance even when we don’t deserve it. “I’m not saying I’m perfect, I ain’t always right and I know I don’t deserve it but I’m glad I got this life.”

Here’s an insight to the creation of “Gravity.”

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Lizzo Trying to Manifest Banging Drake After New Song Name-Drop

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Lizzo says she name-dropped Drake in her new song to turn the tables on an age-old trope of rappers doing the same for women — but it seems she’s actually trying to bang the dude.

During an interview with Zane Lowe, the singer mentioned Drake on her new song with Cardi B, “Rumors,” because she felt it’d be fun to give society a taste of its own medicine — and in this context, that means flipping the script on rappers/male musicians name-dropping fine women in their tunes.

If you didn’t hear the bar yet, it goes … “Last year, I thought I would losе it // Readin’ s*** on the internet // My smoothie cleanse and my diet // No, I ain’t f*** Drake yet (Ha).”

The Drake thing seems to have come out of left field … but Lizzo explained further in the ZL sit-down, jokingly saying she hasn’t quite been able to manifest some bedroom boom with Toronto’s Certified Lover Boy — even though it sounds like she’d love to take a dip.

All kidding aside, Lizzo says she included the line as a way to turn what rappers have often done in music — namely, name-dropping ladies/would-be sexual exploits — upside down on its head. It’s true … fellas have done that for a long time in the genre .

As far as their real-life relationship … Lizzo says she kinda knows Drake, and that he’s super cool.

Still, it seems she does, in fact, want some of what he’s got — at least based on her Twitter activity shortly after this interview aired. She tweeted right at Champagne Papi for the whole world to see, writing … “Hey big head @Drake.” Classic “wyd” vibes for modern dating.

Aubrey hasn’t publicly responded yet … but wouldn’t that be something if he did??? Unfortunately for her, he seems to have his hands full with
Johanna Leia and other things these days.

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Boxer Gervonta Davis Involved in Minor Plane Crash, Documents Aftermath

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Gervonta Davis just, miraculously, walked away from a plane crash relatively unscathed — and it sounds like what’s hurting him the most in the aftermath are his feet … and his caboose.

The professional boxer went live Saturday to document a terrifying encounter he says he and his crew had just gone through after boarding a private jet … which apparently failed to properly take off and crash landed back down to the airport grounds it was trying to leave.

Thankfully, it doesn’t appear the aircraft got very far up before coming back down to Earth — because Gervonta and other passengers seemed more or less okay … with their health and bodies intact.

That’s not to say Gervonta wasn’t feeling some hurt afterwards — on his live feed, he noted that his booty was aching like no other … this while he wrapped his feet in gauze. He’s pretty jovial about the whole thing, which is great to see, but this could’ve easily been way worse.

Gervonta also was able to get some shots of the downed plane, and it sure looks like something went wrong internally. There were also fire engines that showed up on the scene to evaluate the damage and tend to anyone’s injuries. Again, though, most everyone seems to be fine … which is absolutely incredible, because it appears there were even children aboard, based on a photo Gervonta posted shortly before getting on his flight. His video doesn’t capture any kids, though.

It’s unclear what exactly caused the malfunction — but you can hear Gervonta and his friends speculate on what happened … seems like there might’ve been some overheating of some sort. They also appear to be discussing some of the flight maneuvers the pilot(s) were using in the air … and the group seems to think that may have attributed to it going down.

Stay tuned while we here at Prestige try to get a hold of Gervonta’s team for more answers.

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Drake Takes Shot at Kanye in New Verse, Calls Him ‘Burnt Out’

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Drake is stirring the pot again on his rap beef with Kanye West — taking a new shot at the guy in a song he just dropped with Trippie Redd … and it might be the ultimate insult.

The rapper is featured on TR’s new track, “Betrayal,” and at one point in Drizzy’s verse, he brings up Mr. West by name … acknowledging that they are, indeed, still apparently beefing — while also going so far as to call Kanye “burnt out” … and noting it’s irrelevant to him.

Here’s how the Kanye bar goes … “All these fools I’m beefin’ that I barely know // Forty-five, forty-four (Burned out), let it go // Ye ain’t changin’ s*** for me, it’s set in stone.” He adds … “Rollin’ stones, heavy stones (PinkGrillz) // Precious stone, let me make my presence known.”

The “Ye” reference could possibly be interpreted as “they” or “you” — but based on Drake touching Kanye’s exact age (44) … it seems clear he meant the former with some clever word play. The folks over at Genius heard it too … they wrote out the lyric as “Ye.”

Now, for some analysis — as to why Drake is randomly bringing up Kanye again after years have passed since they beefed, with Pusha T in the mix, is anyone’s guess at this point.

However, some people have a theory on these old foes — there’s been speculation of late that Kanye is, perhaps, trying to set up his “Donda” release so that it lines up with Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” album … which he’s on record as saying would be out by the end of summer at the latest. That’s just a few weeks away … and neither project has dropped.

There’s no evidence to prove it one way or another … but the fact that Kanye continues to delay the release date — with seemingly no end in sight — is curious in this context. That, coupled with the fact that Drake’s going after him anew, is even more eyebrow-raising.

In any case, we’re always here for some new beef. And, if it means more music from these two in the process … we’ll take it and then some. Ball’s in your court, Ye (we think).

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