[Review] The Game - Jesus Piece
As far as the religious undertones of the album, again Game’s perspective is that of the rumored “whores and thieves” that Jesus hung out with, not that of the 12 disciples. Some will undoubtedly be offended at Game’s use of religious imagery and symbolism throughout this album, especially on tracks like “Church” – which likens the strip club to the steeple, or the Jake One helmed “Hallelujah”, where the word is nothing more than an ode to his Rolls Royce. Oh, and there’s that album cover. Some will see the whole thing as blasphemy, while those less-sensitive to religion will look past it.
Game’s raps do not extend much further than a confession of his sins, which keeps this album from being rated higher. With the exception of “Can’t Get Right”, where he speaks openly about his fallout with Dre, Game rarely gives us a glimpse into the persona beyond the strippers and stardom, suggesting there is a layer to him we haven’t seen yet. Instead, much of his lyrical content still panders to name dropping artists, suggesting these artists’ endorsements will make up for the lack of support from his former label mates. Yet the rest of the rap world has moved on, it’s time for Game to do so as well.
Despite these character flaws inserting themselves into the creative process, Game still has carved out a very solid record. With the exception of “Celebration” and maybe “All That (Lady)”, Game doesn’t really try to pander to radio or clubs with a collection of “singles”, making Jesus Piece one of the most consistent albums of the year, and one of the strongest from all of the artists in his class. While Game has allowed a long guest list to help him define his last two records – this time working better than last – we think next time he should put the faith back in himself.
Chuuuuch. – D.T. Swinga
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