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    Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:41:53

    Album of the Week: Lecrae – "Anomaly" - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    Nobody is like Lecrae. That all comes down to skill too. As far as hip-hop goes, he’s risen to heights of his own based on an undying work ethic, uncompromising adherence to his personal identity, inspiring faith, and, above all, consistency. However, what he consistently does is challenge listeners with new music that’s equally unforgettable and unique. Lecrae flips the script on his own terms similar to how the genre’s greatest whether it be OutKast, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, or Eminem. Anomaly stands out as his biggest, boldest, and best work to date though. That Anomaly tag fits like a glove.

    Everything commences with the pensive poetry of “Outsiders” where ominous production collides with impenetrable verses. He spits pure fire on the heavy, yet heartfelt “Welcome To America”, holding nothing back as he examines flaws in the system. He and Andy Mineo trade some of the most vibrant bars all year during “Say I Won’t”, while “Nuthin” calls out those posturing without “saying nuthin”. “All I Need Is You” feels downright epic especially once the hook kicks in, and the same can be said for “Give In”, which highlights Crystal Nicole’s talent as well.

    Some of the record’s fieriest bars burn through “Good, Bad, Ugly”. That’s saying a lot considering how fresh the mic work remains throughout. “If we don’t swallow our pride, we’re going to choke together”, he spits during a confessional “Broken” augmented by a potent Kari Jobe cameo. It’s line like the aforementioned that hit especially hard with his razor sharp delivery and rough cadence.

    Ultimately though, it’s Lecrae’s honesty that makes Anomaly stand out so much. He follows what’s in his heart and delivers something real in the process. He also yields a classic as well.

    Rick Florino

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