Game’s never been the type to shy away from any type of controversy, but there always seems to be a motive behind his actions, whether it’s taking shots at someone via punchlines or completely railing against them in general. Surprisingly to some, the controversy (because there has to be some kind, right?) for this album comes in artwork form. The cover, which depicts a Black Jesus on church-stained glass windows rocking a red bandana, tattoo teardrops, and a “Jesus piece,” did enough to make people pay attention yet again… and for good reason. Even by loose terms, the cover struck as sacrilegious, to the point where it became a real worry that some would shun his latest release due to it. You can’t judge people for their beliefs, but if some could get past the initial shock and actually press play, they’d find more quality music from Game.
Jesus Piece is Game’s last album with Interscope records, and although it’s touted as a concept album, it’s more accurate to say it’s a themed LP. There’s no running story to connect the thoughts (a la Kendrick’s good kid m.A.A.d city or The Roots’ undun), but there is a prevalent theme founded on the perception of church aspects through the eyes of the street. With that being said, there are several skits snuck throughout the play to illustrate this point, along with several songs that reinforce the same thing (and there’s not a more perfect example of this present than “Hallelujah” with Jamie Foxx and Jake One).
All of this wouldn’t matter if the album was bad, and it’s not by any stretch of the imagination. The feature-heavy LP – a double-edged sword at times – has Game delivering the type of music his fans clamor for, but shifts gears at the appropriate time to stretch his content and show diversity. Even though “Scared Now” is one of the weaker album intros from Game we’ve heard, he gets the juice back with “Ali Bomaye” (a phrase which translates roughly into “Ali, Kill him!), trading bars with 2 Chainz and Rick Ross over production from Black Metaphor. After a hilarious skit, it continues into the Boi-1da/Maven Boys-produced “Jesus Piece”, in which Kanye and Common lend a quick hand to show a parallel between their lifestyles and the encrusted chain that’s inspired the album title.
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