Rehab (Lecrae album)

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Rehab
LecraeRehab.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 28, 2010
Recorded2009—2010
GenreChristian hip hop, southern hip hop
Length66:23[1]
LabelReach
Producer
  • PK
  • CheeseBeats
  • Benjah
  • Street Symphony
  • Alex Medina
  • G.P.
  • Kajmir Royale
  • Joseph Prielozny
  • Justin Boller
  • G. Roc
  • J.R.
Lecrae chronology
Rebel
(2008)
Rehab
(2010)
Rehab: The Overdose
(2011)

Rehab is the fourth studio album by Christian hip hop artist Lecrae. It was released on September 28, 2010 on Reach Records.[2] According to the Reach Records website, the album's "motto" is "The Christian life is an entrance into rehab."[3] Centered on release and freedoms from inhibiting addictions and habits, Rehab is a highly conceptual album. Rehab is nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards.[4][5] The album was named the Best Album of 2010 in the "Best of 2010: Rapzilla.com's Staff Picks" awards, and Lecrae was also named Artist of the Year.[6] The song "Background" and the album itself were nominated for Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year and Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year, respectively, at the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards.[7]

Background[edit]

In early 2010, Lecrae had been planning to name his next project "Rehab" although he had doubts about the name, mainly because Eminem released an album of a similar title. Despite this, Lecrae stuck with the original name, because "it made too much sense to not move forward with it."[8]

Release and promotion[edit]

On August 3, 2010 Lecrae released "Amp It Up" on Rapzilla that features Tedashii.[9] Originally thought to be the first single of Rehab, Lecrae stated that it is a theme song for a Christian camp called Kanakuk.[10] A video was posted via Rapzilla on August 19, 2010 of Lecrae rapping a verse from the song "Walking on Water".[11]

According to Lecrae's blog, he will be in Southern Sudan at the time of the album's release so the "distractions of my life are stripped away and I'm left to focus on Jesus and his mission." He states that he won't be looking at the iTunes Store charts on which his album will be. On his blog he encourages his fans to not only buy his album, but asks them to donate to causes in Sudan and provides a link for them to do so.[12]

On September 22, 2010 Rapzilla reported that the Rehab packaging comes with an advertisement that directs buyers to purchase Rehab: The Overdose to be released on January 11, 2011, called .[13] The whole Rehab album was revealed via a listening session on September 26, 2010 on Rapzilla. Lecrae also talks on the video about the concept of the album.[14] The tracks "High", "Just Like You" and "Children of the Light" have been released as digital download singles on the iTunes Store.

Content[edit]

The opening track on the album, "Check In", is simply about Christian "checking in" to "rehab" and introduces the album's concept. Track two, "Killa", is about how there are always two "women" luring humans—one is foolishness and one is wisdom (Lecrae references Proverbs 5, 8 and 9). In "Killa", Lecrae explains how foolishness will "destroy you". "Divine Intervention" is about the need for someone to intervene in addicts' lives to tell them that their actions affect others detrimentally. "Just Like You", one of the album's singles, is about how we all model our life after someone and conveys the artist's desire to be modeled after Jesus Christ.

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
CCM Magazine4/5 stars[15]
Christian Music Zine5/5 stars[16]
Cross Rhythms10/10[17]
Jesus Freak Hideout5/5 stars[18]
Rapzilla4.5/5 stars[19]

Rehab received universally positive reviews. Rapzilla's Logan Remy gave Rehab a 4.5/5 rating, calling it "Lecrae's best project to date". He says "The introductory songs all the way to the ending is an incredible ride through the growth of Lecrae," and that "Lecrae is loud and clear in the music."[20] DaSouth.com rated Rehab 4 stars out of 5. Michael Weaver of Jesus Freak Hideout rated the album 5/5 stars, expressing high acclaim for it. He says, "Rehab is a fantastic album and is easily Lecrae's best to date, even topping Rebel. Lecrae is able to show that he is the best and most diverse rapper around." The review suggests to people who rarely listen to hip hop to get this album, even going as far as saying, "This is hip hop perfection."[21] The music website AllMusic gave Rehab 4 of out 5 stars. He explains to readers that Rehab "begins with a Christian checking in to rehab and then, through a series of well-written, well-produced songs, tells the story of how he got there."[1]

Commercial[edit]

The album debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard 200. Rapzilla reported that the debut week sales for Rehab were 25,864 units, about 15,000 more than Lecrae's previous album, Rebel.[22] HipHopDX reported this figure at approximately 28,000 units, ahead of Ice Cube's I Am the West which was released on the same day.[23] As of October 26, 2011, the album has sold 124,000 copies sold in the United States.[24]

Awards[edit]

The album was nominated for a Dove Award for Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year at the 42nd GMA Dove Awards, while the song "Background" was nominated for Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song of the Year.[25] The album was nominated for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards.

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Check In"Moore, Ace Harris, MontgomeryPK2:40
2."Killa"Moore, SimsCheeseBeats3:28
3."Divine Intervention" (featuring J.R.)Moore, PeeblesJ.R.3:51
4."Just Like You" (featuring J. Paul)Moore, Morris, Peebles, Foster, Shy AmosJ.R.5:16
5."Gotta Know" (featuring Benjah)Moore, Boller, ThomBenjah and Sky4:12
6."Used to Do It Too" (featuring KB)Moore, Burgess, Montgomery, HarrisPK3:56
7."Children of the Light" (featuring Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. and Dillavou)Moore, Sandoval, Dillavou, ThomBenjah3:33
8."High" (featuring Sho Baraka and Suzy Rock)Moore, LewisCheeseBeats3:45
9."New Shalom" (featuring PRo)Moore, Johnson, EsmondStreet Symphony4:22
10."40 Deep" (featuring Trip Lee and Tedashii)Moore, Barefield, AndersonCheeseBeats4:18
11."Walking on Water"Moore, Harris, Montgomery, FearsPK3:41
12."God is Enough" (featuring FLAME and Jai)Moore, Gray, Gaskin, WilliamsKajmir Royale3:55
13."Boasting" (featuring Anthony Evans)Moore, CobbinsCheeseBeats3:46
14."Background" (featuring C-Lite)Moore, Medina, Mineo, Prielozny, RamirezAlex Medina, Joseph Prielozny, and G.Roc4:39
15."New Reality" (featuring Chinua Hawk)Moore, AbramsamaduG.P.4:08
16."Release Date" (featuring Chris Lee)Moore, CobbinsCheeseBeats3:34
17."I Love You" (featuring Chris Lee) (bonus track)Moore, Cobbins, GaskinKajmir Royale3:17
Deluxe edition
Rehab: The Overdose (disc 2)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Overdose"L. Moore, T. EsmondStreet Symphony2:56
2."More"L. Moore, M. JacksonKadence for ATP4:35
3."Battle Song" (featuring Suzy Rock)L. Moore, N. Sims, Tony Stone credited as T. ShepherdTony Stone3:45
4."Anger Management" (featuring Thi'sl)L. Moore, T. Tyler, A. OlaleyeD-Flow (Thebrassman)4:56
5."Blow Your High" (featuring Canon)L. Moore, A. McCain, T. Esmond, C. DunlapStreet Symphony, Dunlap Exclusive3:29
6."Strung Out"L. Moore, J. WilliamsCheeseBeats3:59
7."Chase That Intro"D. Lukasiewicz, J. PrieloznyJoseph Prielozny0:44
8."Chase That (Ambition)"L. Moore, B. Taylor, M. Montgomery, W. HarrisPK3:45
9."The Good Life" (featuring J. Paul)L. Moore, L. Rouser, C. Cobbins, H. Hall, N. Chu, J. PrieloznyDJ Official4:36
10."Like That"L. Moore, J. WilliamsCheeseBeats3:47
11."Going In" (featuring Swoope)L. Moore, A. Swoope, N. ChuDJ Official4:31
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
12."Hallelujah"Lecrae Moore, Travis TylerGeeDa3:42
13."Wish It Wasn't True"Lecrae Moore, Elvin ShahbazianWit4:12
14."Jesus Muzik (Dubstep Remix)"Lecrae Moore, William BarefieldKarac4:11
Target bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
15."Finally Free" (featuring J. Paul)Lecrae Moore, Jared Foster, Joseph PrieloznyJoseph Prielozny4:03
16."Hope" (featuring Coffee)Lecrae Moore, Cofféy Anderson 3:26

Source:[1][26]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[1]

  • Benjamin "Benjah" Leroy Thom – guitar, keyboards, producer, vocals
  • Ford Clay - guitar
  • Jeff Carruth – drums
  • Cheesebeats – mixing, producer, vocal arrangement
  • Silent - mixing
  • Chris Lee Cobbins – engineer, vocals
  • David Davidson – strings
  • Jonpaul Douglass – inside photo
  • Torrance "Street Symphony" Esmond – producer
  • Tina Fears – vocals
  • Marcus "FLAME" Gray – engineer
  • Haley Hunt – vocals
  • Derek "PRo" Johnson – engineer
  • Kajmir Royale – producer
  • Carlton Lynn – engineer, mixing
  • Alex Medina – producer
  • Andy Mineo – engineer
  • Jacob "Biz" Morris – engineer
  • Jon "JP" Parker – engineer
  • Pastor AD3 – engineer
  • Courtney Peebles – engineer
  • Joseph Prielozny – engineer, acoustic guitar, producer
  • Shane Ries - engineer
  • Natalie Sims – vocals
  • So Sakryfycial – engineer
  • Supa Mario – engineer
  • Zach Wolfe – cover photo

Charts[edit]

Chart Position
U.S. Billboard 200[27] 17
U.S. Billboard Top Gospel Albums[27] 1
U.S. Billboard Top Christian Albums[27] 1
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums[27] 1
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums[27] 5

Song charts[edit]

Title Chart Position Week
"Background" U.S. Billboard Christian Songs 39 May 12, 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e [Rehab at AllMusic (((Rehab > Overview)))] AllMusic.
  2. ^ Rehab Begins 9.28.10 Rapzilla.
  3. ^ Rehab, Reach Records.
  4. ^ Lecrae 'REHAB' Nominated for a Grammy Rapzilla.
  5. ^ 53rd Annual Grammy Awards nominees list. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  6. ^ Best of 2010: Rapzilla.com's Staff Picks Rapzilla.
  7. ^ 42nd Annual GMA Dove Award Nominees Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine GMA.
  8. ^ Looking Back and Pressing Forward Archived July 11, 2010, at Archive.today, Reach Records.
  9. ^ Amp It Up Rapzilla.
  10. ^ Lecrae's Twitter Twitter.
  11. ^ Lecrae spits a new 'Rehab' Verse Rapzilla.
  12. ^ Rehab Mission Reach Records.
  13. ^ Lecrae's Next Album 'Rehab: The Overdose' 1.11.11 Rapzilla.
  14. ^ Lecrae 'REHAB' Listening Session Rapzilla.
  15. ^ "Rehab". Retrieved October 2, 2014.[dead link]
  16. ^ "HugeDomains.com - ChristianMusicZine.com is for sale (Christian Music Zine)". hugedomains.com. Retrieved October 5, 2020. Cite uses generic title (help)
  17. ^ "Review: Rehab - Lecrae". Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  18. ^ "Lecrae, "Rehab" Review". Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  19. ^ "Review - Lecrae 'REHAB' - Rapzilla". Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  20. ^ Review: Lecrae 'REHAB'. Rapzilla. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
  21. ^ Lecrae, "Rehab" Review. Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved October 17, 2010.
  22. ^ Lecrae 'REHAB' sells over 25k in its first week. Rapzilla.
  23. ^ Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 10/3/2010 by Allen Jacobs. October 6, 2010. HipHopDX.
  24. ^ Jacobs, Allen (October 23, 2011). "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 10/23/2011 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved October 26, 2011.
  25. ^ 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards Nominees Archived July 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine on DoveAwards.com
  26. ^ Lecrae 'Rehab' Deluxe 2CD/DVD Album Cover & Tracklisting Rapzilla.
  27. ^ a b c d e "Rehab - Lecrae". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2010.

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