Lecrae’s “Church Clothes” mixtape series, has gained critical acclaim and criticism from the CHH culture. It was seen as a defining moment in CHH when the release of the first “Church Clothes” dropped on Datpiff.com. Fans and spectators literally caused the site to shut down from all the downloads. With the help of Don Cannon and solid tracks like “Church Clothes” “Gimme A Second” “Misconception” “Rejects” and others, it has been proven CHH belongs in the mainstream and should be taken seriously. Sadly, within the CHH community, we take promising artist and promote them as our “Paul” to the public to get the message popular. When they become popular, we treat them like “Saul” because of their success. Surrounded by controversy from dealing with secular artists (as well as Don Cannon), the album had several downloads and positive reviews, but didn’t have as much impact as the first one. With all this being said (written), there is a famous quote that says, “Good things come in threes.” With the release of “Church Clothes 3,” let’s see if Lecrae holds up to this saying.
Lecrae starts the album off strong with “Freedom.” I enjoy the wordplay and metaphors that he uses and his “They say we’re slaves to the money/so I guess we’re back on the field” bar. You can hear the passion in Lecrae’s voice as he is desperately trying to free others who don’t even realize they are slaves. S1 does an excellent job on the production of “Deja Vu.” Not only does it have an early hip hop feel, but it comes off with the perfect vibe for Lecrae to really flow. “Sideline” was a great response to Lecrae’s haters and critics. The first bar (“They tell me Crae you sell your soul, man For real? Who bought it? “) really sets the pace for the track. “Cruising” lives up to its title and gives off a more laid back feel that is needed within the project. Everyone was looking forward to the guest features on “Misconceptions 3.” John Givez, Jgivens and Jackie Hill Perry give great verses on the track.
Overall, this is a great mixtape. With it being shorter than the previous ones, Lecrae makes all the tracks count. The project doesn’t necessarily bring something new to the table, but brings enough quality appetizers until the main course of the new album comes. At the end of the day, Lecrae proves that the “Church Clothes” series continues to set a standard and that good things really do come in threes. Spread The Soup!
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