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|Released||August 21, 2020|
|Genre||Christian hip hop|
|Singles from Restoration|
Restoration is the tenth studio album by American Christian hip hop artist Lecrae, released on August 21, 2020, through Reach Records. The album features appearances from YK Osiris, Marc E. Bassy, John Legend, Jozzy, DaniLeigh, BJ the Chicago Kid and Gwen Bunn.
Lecrae announced the album along with a new upcoming book, I Am Restored: How I Lost My Religion but Found My Faith, in February 2020. Lecrae subsequently left Columbia Records and returned to being a fully independent artist.
During the several years prior to the album's release, Lecrae had struggled with clinical depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and marital problems, and considered abandoning Christianity. He attributes much of this to trauma he encountered in his childhood, trauma which resurfaced when he started facing relentless criticism from many Christians. After a trip to Israel with a group of Christian hip hop artists, including labelmate Andy Mineo as well as FLAME, Derek Minor, Canon, and Spechouse, which included the group being baptized in the Jordan River, Lecrae was restored in his faith. He also went to therapy and repaired his relationship with his wife.
On March 20, 2020, Lecrae released the album's lead single "Set Me Free" featuring YK Osiris. On June 24, 2020, the second single "Deep End" was released. On July 17, 2020, the third single "Drown" featuring John Legend was released.
Lecrae has stated that the theme of the album is about mending what is broken, both as an individual and in society, and finding holistic restoration and healing, particularly from God. He told Forbes that "I think a lot of times we're looking for where that restoration can come from and we're missing the reality that we have the God-given ingenuity and the light in us to do the work that we want to see done in society and in the world. I believe that's possible. I've sat in therapist chairs. I've done mation. I believe holistically we can be restored, regardless of our circumstances. That's the heartbeat of the album." In an interview with The Christian Post, he said that "God is more perfect than I am and there's nothing we can do to make Him love us more or less. There's no situation that we're in that He's not wanting to help us through."
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Scott Fryberger of Jesus Freak Hideout gave the album 4 stars out of 5, praising the theme, sound and lyrics of the album. He also praised Lecrae for his vulnerability on the album by saying "Lecrae's journey through hell and back is inspirational and relatable, and the music it's paired with is some of his best work in years".
|1.||"Restore Me"||Ray Castro, Ace Harris, Alex Medina, Dave James & Taylor Hill||1:17|
|2.||"Set Me Free" (featuring YK Osiris)||GAWVI||2:58|
|3.||"Wheels Up" (featuring Marc E. Bassy)||Inc. No World, Epikh Pro, Kelvin Wooten & S1||4:04|
|4.||"Over the Top"||30 Roc||3:12|
|5.||"Self Discovery"||Kelvin Wooten & S1||2:28|
|6.||"Deep End"||Anthony Gardner||2:41|
|7.||"Drown" (featuring John Legend)||Danny Majic, DJ Frank E & Ace Harris||3:21|
|8.||"Saturday Night" (featuring Jozzy)||Oshi||2:08|
|9.||"Sunday Morning" (featuring Kirk Franklin)||Anthem, Ace Harris, Epikh Pro & SAK PASE||4:02|
|10.||"Zombie"||Epikh Pro & Taylor Hill||2:32|
|11.||"Keep Going"||Quay Global, Carvello & Ace Harris||2:28|
|12.||"Still" (featuring DaniLeigh)||NOVA WAV & Mike Woods||2:56|
|13.||"Only Human" (featuring BJ the Chicago Kid)||30WON, Dave James, Ace Harris & 42 North||3:49|
|14.||"Nothing Left to Hide" (featuring Gwen Bunn)||Ace Harris, Inc. No World & S1||3:37|
|UK Christian & Gospel Albums (OCC)||5|
|US Billboard 200||69|
|US Christian Albums (Billboard)||1|
|US Independent Albums (Billboard)||13|
|US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)||39|