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LeCrae & Zaytoven – Let The Trap Say Amen (Album Review)

LeCrae, one of my favorite gospel rappers of all time, decided to take his brand to the trap, linking up with one of its legendary producers in Zaytoven. Lets see how this turns out.


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TOP 5

 

5. HOLY WATER

She drippin’ in holy water, though? C’mon, bro, that’s kinda corny.

“Holy Water” has a nice little rhythm to it, boasting this sacred instrumental that is heavy on the bass. This makes it the most unique beat on the album.

Other than this uncomfortable hook in which our guy LeCrae talks about some girl dripping in “Holy Water,” this track is A1. I feel like it’s hella rugged, as our hero raps about standing tall despite the temptations and negativity around him. I love how the song flows, and how LeCrae and Zay were able to keep my attention by keeping things simple.

 

 

4. PREACH

“Preach” contains LeCrae’s best lyrical output on this album. In it, he slices through the glistening trap instrumental with such ease that I can actually picture him smirking while he was laying down his lyrics.

Even though the song is labeled “Preach,” thankfully, LeCrae doesn’t get too preachy on it. He sorta has fun with the topic at hand, light-heartedly discussing his path to success to anyone that is willing to listen. But forget the topic at hand, marvel at the way he puts his words together on his verses.

 

 

3. PLUGGED IN

LeCrae definitely comes with it on “Plugged In”

In “Plugged In,” both LeCrae and Zaytoven take things up another notch, delivering this gritty record that has our hero letting the world know that he hustles like everyone else, but when he brings the money back to the hood, he does what’s right. I love the energy he raps with literally from start to finish, and cannot deny the ferocity of the instrumental Zay was able to provide him with.

 

 

2. 2 SIDES OF THE GAME

“2 Sides Of The Game” is one of the realest songs you will hear in 2018. It describes the consequences that can come with moving that weight in a very vivid manner. I love how descriptive each rapper gets on their respective contributions, doing a good job of storytelling and making sure you truly feel the experiences of a disgruntled drug dealer. This song can easily turn into a ride at Universal Studios.

Maybe in the remix LeCrae can talk about the two sides to calories. Apparently there’s good and bad calories.

 

 

1. GET BACK RIGHT

LeCrae is a Gospel artist that does a good job of assimilating with the rap styles of today. In the explosive “Get Back Right,” he spits over this Migos type beat that has plenty of trap vibes. Content-wise, he gets to do a little bragging here and there, talking about the power moves he has made in the last couple of years, but he does make sure he gives us a certain level of humility. I love how confident his bars come out, and think the hook he drops is way too infectious to ignore. 


SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN

1. GET BACK RIGHT (4.5/5)

2. PREACH (4.3/5)

3. 2 SIDES TO THE GAME (4.5/5)

4. PLUGGED IN (4.5/5)

5. HOLY WATER (4.2/5)

6. BLUE STRIPS (3.6/5)

7. ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME (3.9/5)

8. YET (4.1/5)

9. I CAN’T LOSE (3.6/5)

10. SWITCH (3.8/5)

11. CAN’T BLOCK IT (4/5)

12. FLY AWAY (4/5)

13. BY CHANCE (3/5)


OVERALL RATING

(C+)

 

I gave this album a C+ rating, but it’s probably closer to a C then it is to a B.

Throughout “Let The Trap say Amen,” LeCrae and Zaytoven make the perfect combination. With Zay providing the heavy-hitting trap beats and LeCrae delivering the wisest of raps, you get this unique formula that satisfies both sides of the moral fences. I applaud both guys for maintaining their style in their respective fields, despite the project calling for them to step outside of the box just a tad bit. All in all, there is good cohesion, authentic vibes, and well-needed creativity between the two on this project.

LeCrae continues to give us nothing but wisdom using Migos’ persona. I think it’s a talent how he is able to sermonize using rap elements of today, making wisdom sound triller than drug talk. Argue all you want about his cultute vulturing, but do not dare say he is a bad rapper.

By the time this album gets to track 7, you get a little tired of it. It’s sound gets way too repetitive, the flows that LeCrae and his tamed friends use gets played out, and the subject matters get a bit stale. Don’t get me wrong, he does keep your interest by switching up topics here and there, but once you find out that it all ties back to religious roots, you feel like you’re being duped in a way (It’s almost like the musical version of a Flintstones vitamin: s**t tastes good — almost like candy — but it’s not, it’s a vitamin that is disguised to taste like candy). The sad truth is that both LeCrae and Zaytoven are artists that we can only handle in doses.

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2 replies »

  1. Maybe I missed something about this album and am a bit behind, but to be quite honest, I just wasn’t quite feeling this album. Maybe it’s because I don’t enjoy Trap Music all that much, and so with that, I gave this album a D on my first impressions. Not knowing much about it and going into it, I should have lowered my expectations. As a trap album, I’ll give it a C+. All I gotta say, is leave Trap music to those who regularly produce it and create it and who are known for trap.

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    • Thaddeus, that was an excellent comment. I agree with everything you said. The trap music sounds so forced.

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