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The Underrated : The Game’s Jesus Piece

By @1natethegreat4 




Tracklist
1. Scared Now 
2. Ali Bomaye
3. Jesus Piece 
4. Pray 
5. Church 
6. All That (Lady)
7. Heaven's Arms 
8. Name Me King 
9. See No Evil 
10. Can't Get Right 
11. Hallelujah
12. Freedom 
13. Celebration 
14. I Remember 
15. Blood Diamonds 
16. Dead People 

The Game’s “Jesus Piece” is the fifth studio album by the West Coast rapper. Off the first listen, you'd think it’s a spiritual album. You are absolutely incorrect on this. Jesus Piece is a gangster-themed album with hints of him still being faithful to God. This album feels like a huge revival since it sold commercially well, after what felt like two misses. This is an underrated album and is a landmark to his loyal stans. Also, this is a cohesive album of amazing production with sterling features from star-studded rappers such as 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Wiz, Kanye, Common, Kendrick, and many more. This album feels like we are hearing Game firsthand talk about his pendulum of a life story between the Westside influence and God. This is an underrated album. Take a listen when you have a chance if you have never listened to this.



“Scared Now” opens Jesus Piece as a banger. Eerie ascending synths layered with a modern rap beat with boastful braggadocio lyricism from Game. A high abundance of energy starts off the album with Game informing his listener to be afraid of him and that he is the best MC living. You think he’s bluffing? Think again before he shows you what he actually means. It’s in-your-face aggressive with him throwing shots at 50 Cent and no surprise here. We know how G-Unit dissipated on a bad note. At this time, Meek Mill’s energetic vocal delivery deserves praise. The old Meek Mill was dope compared to now where he’s doing nothing but dropping mediocre tracks and obsessing over Drake. “Ali Bomaye” feels like a West Coast anthem as the energy continues to rise from the opener. This song is only enjoyable at full blast with the braggadocio rap of 2 Chainz and Rick Ross, and the energy continues through all three artists verses. Also, their flow and words blend with the beat with no friction. A great song but we have plenty more to come.


The self titled track of the album, “Jesus Piece”, is another dope track. I loved Game’s second verse and Common’s verse. Spot on flow and delivery from both artists. The beat is groovy and leaves you on your toes with the sub bass. A simplistic flow and beat that ends up being a contagious track that I enjoy replaying on the daily. Kanye chimes in on the hook with a couple of words, but Game is the alpha in the chorus. Common’s verse is dope. His slithering flow on the beat is great, but what he’s saying is riveting and enlightens the audience. He speaks on how to succeed with the life that you have and how Common himself sacrificed to become the person he is today. It is a very dope perspective to insert into the track.

Moving onto “Pray”, we move into the first ballad of the album. A pathos-filled flow of a special someone in Game’s life opens the verse, as a genre blending of rap and pop production merges on our beat for this track. Game provides the words but we have to interpret what he is saying and try to relate to his emotions. J. Cole tags along on this track as a feature and it’s similar to Game. J.Cole’s flow is compressed, but not as relaxed as Game. It feels too tense and that’s not slander. J. Cole did his part on this track. It’s impressive how their verses pick up after each other and leaves the listener on a cliffhanger with the tones in the background.

“Church” is a bit more upbeat. I feel that the initial verse of this song is bland, but the rest of the song ends up resolved. I love the “Bandz A Make Her Dance” sample from 2 Chainz. Trey Songz' suave voice in the bridge adds flavor to the song. King Chip delivers some humor in his verse with lines like

“Seen her wit a group of friends, damn she got the best butt/ Then she turned around, looked like Morris Chestnut/”
Aww, hell no, God damn. What the fuck?/ 
Even though shit a nigga might still fuck/”

I dig the first half of the line, but I can’t let you prosper with a line like that King Chip.... come on man!


“All That (Lady)” is Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Jeremih, and Fabulous working with Game to describe their women. Game describes his relationship with his lady all about the high life. The glitz and glamour is sprinkled on all of the verse, but it’s Game, we can’t expect any less from him. Jeremih has an interesting approach with his lady and Lil Wayne follows Jeremih’s approach. He loves his women “like her daddy”. That line makes me burst out laughing, but moving on, Wayne’s wordplay shows an emotional side of Wayne that we have seen in some of his previous work. I did approve of Big Sean’s verse here. He has a “lazy” flow to me, but with the beat that is provided in this song, he prospers(salute to the sample also).

“Heaven’s Arms” is the next track on the list and one of my favorite beats on the album. The Game shows no regard for life with an aggressive flow that is braggadocio for sure, but it’s throwback Game in my opinion. This is a must replay song on the daily. The hook on this song is absolutely catchy. Game, you win everyone with this track. The sample of “Ain’t No Sunshine” also had to be pointed out as it’s layered with 808 beats. Some lyrics below:

"Part the Red Sea in red Louboutins/
Who the don?/
Walk inside the club with all his Gucci on/
You've been warned/
Packing heat like two LeBrons/
And my crew is strong/ 
As Cali kush, It keep you higher than heaven's arms/"


“Name Me King” with Pusha T is an underrated banger. The gospel-esque beat is moving and Game’s dominating lyricism lets us know that he’s the king and if you doubted, he’d be back. This is the track to send warning shots through your earbuds. I praise Pusha T on his verse with his calm-spoken voice and he shines well enough in this track. His flow is similar to Game on this track. Not sure if it was done on purpose, but I absolutely loved this. “See No Evil” with Kendrick Lamar. What a track. I see Game changed his approach with a B.I.G type of flow and he does what he’s been doing on this album: a blend of tyrant-like storytelling underneath a banging or smooth beat. Kendrick’s verse could be similar to a 55 mph change up in baseball: unpredictable. He hits you with multi-syllabic rhymes, some eerie singing, and on-the-quarter-note type of delivery. It’s still a spot on delivery. Game’s third verse is B.I.G-like. It’s not the timing you are used to throughout the whole album. He changes it up, but the lyricism is dark, and screams West-Coast. “Can’t Get Right” is my favorite track on this album point blank. Why? The whole song is powerful. The first verse is saturated in meaning that you want to analyze every line Game spits. It’s a beautiful track and I can’t deny it. The beat on this joint is something else. Here are some lyrics:

"I bumped Ether, bumped Takeover/
Seein' Jay and Nas on stage was hip-hop's makeover/
And that very day you knew niggas was born/
Tyler the Creators, Drake, J. Coles, and Big Seans/
Time for the world to pay homage/
Bow to the rap Gods or them K's vomit/
Fuck you know about Dipset/
You little dipshit/
If you ain't fuck, then you ain't get your dick wet/
I see your little chain/
I see your little dreads, tryin' to be a Lil Wayne/
I used to wanna be a little Hov/
Started with a little rock, got me a little stove/
Made a little money, bought me a little Rov'/
Paid cash money like I was from Hollygrove/"

“Hallelujah” onto the next track! This track is very moving. It’s a feel-good rap beat with Game pouring his soul, because even though Game has done many sins in his life, he is still trying to be a better man by going to church with the lyrics. Jamie Foxx's feature adds a general effect musically in the background and I salute that. “Freedom” is a track I couldn’t wait to cover. Lyrically beautiful with straightforward lines that are deep on the emotional aspect. Lines like:

“Holdin’ my daughter in the booth/
Her momma out there somewhere in that Bentley tryin’ to find a roof/
Poof/
I wave my wand and here comes Kendrick/
Niggas say the west ain’t winning/
I’m just trying to find the proof/” 

Plus

"Cause he, gave me the shit that I needed on Documentary/
Keep it real with myself, I got murdered like John Kennedy/"



A MF DOOM beat reference was spotted and Kevin Hart’s invigorating, feel-good skit was stellar. “Celebration” sees Game opening up with a groovy flow and a change up of multi-syllabic rhymes and some on the beat lines. An infectious hook replays throughout the song and let’s get to the features. This is Chris Brown doing what Chris Brown does best in his verse. I liked Chris' verse over Tyga’s garbage verse and Wayne did alright in his verse. Again, this album is a revival of Game in my opinion. We could argue about this, but that’s what makes music interesting. We will agree to disagree and I believe this album is great by Game. It did not please the critics who slandered this. They did not make this album prosper, but for me, I salute Game. Solid album.

-Nate

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