By Hardcore Critic
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer
Four months ago, Game officially launched his Jesus Piece album and he did it in high fashion with “Celebration.” Featuring four of the biggest commercially-successful artists in 2012, Chris Brown, Tyga, Lil Wayne, and Wiz Khalifa, Game released a classic as his lead single. “Celebration” held Jesus Piece down for months.
Today, Game officially released Jesus Piece, which will go down as one of 2012’s best albums, as it was a complete body of work. Game will always be a superstar, but there is something special surrounding him on this album. Despite his popularity, Game’s lyrical abilities have never been boasted.
Clearly on Jesus Piece, Game dug deep and stepped his lyrical game up. Usually, when artists attempt to define themselves as the best in their class, they refrain from guest appearances. Game did the complete opposite, featuring several of hip hop’s biggest names on his album and out-rapping all of them.
Few artists are able to do what Game did and in such a flawless manner. Game put Pusha T, Fabolous, Tyga, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, Common, J. Cole, Meek Mill, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, and King Chip on tracks and allowed them to be themselves. While being themselves, Game placed them on West Coast beats, allowing them to show their abilities, which simply came short of Game, himself, on this album.
Game showed his growth, as an artist, rocking verses in between hooks sang by Jamie Foxx, Trey Songz, K. Roosevelt, and newcomer, Elijah Blake. Start to finish, Jesus Piece is definitely a must-have album and closes 2012 off in grand fashion. At the very beginning, it is clear that Game is going for the knock-out, as he jumps out of the gate taking shots at 50 Cent. Game rounds the album off, paying homage to Dr. Dre and Eminem and managing to stay within the theme of church for the entire album.
Hip Hop Vibe’s Rating: 9/10