Restoration (Lecrae album)

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Lecrae restoration album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 21, 2020 (2020-08-21)
GenreChristian hip hop
Lecrae chronology
Let the Trap Say Amen
Singles from Restoration
  1. "Set Me Free"
    Released: March 20, 2020
  2. "Deep End"
    Released: June 24, 2020
  3. "Drown"
    Released: July 17, 2020
  4. "Zombie"
    Released: August 7, 2020

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, Kirk Franklin, DaniLeigh, BJ the Chicago Kid and Gwen Bunn. A deluxe edition of the album, with six additional tracks, was released on November 13, 2020. The album peaked at No. 1 on the US Christian Albums chart and No. 5 on the UK Christian & Gospel Albums chart. It received universal critical acclaim.


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.[1][2] Lecrae subsequently left Columbia Records and returned to being a fully independent artist.[3]

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.[4][5][6] He attributes much of this to trauma he encountered in his childhood,[5] trauma which resurfaced when he started facing relentless criticism from many Christians.[7] 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.[7] He also went to therapy and repaired his relationship with his wife.[5]


On March 20, 2020, Lecrae released the album's lead single "Set Me Free" featuring YK Osiris.[8] On June 24, 2020, the second single "Deep End" was released.[9] On July 17, 2020, the third single "Drown" featuring John Legend was released.[10]

Conceptual theme[edit]

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.[6] 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 meditation. I believe holistically we can be restored, regardless of our circumstances. That's the heartbeat of the album."[6] 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."[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[11]
American Songwriter4.5/5 stars[12]
Jesus Freak Hideout4/5 stars[13]

Neil Z. Yeung from AllMusic rated the album four-and-a-half stars out of five and considered it the best album of Lecrae's career.[11] 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".[13] Tess Schoonhoven of American Songwriter rated the album 4.5 out of 5. They were of the opinion that the feature credits on Restoration rendered it more multi-dimensional than 2018's Let the Trap Say Amen, and remarked that it "sheds a surprising and approachable light into the niche genre [of Christian hip hop]".[12]

Track listing[edit]

1."Restore Me"
Ray Castro, Ace Harris, Alex Medina, Dave James, & Taylor Hill1:17
2."Set Me Free" (featuring YK Osiris)
3."Wheels Up" (featuring Marc E. Bassy)
  • Larry Griffin
  • Moore
  • Stuart Lowery
  • Kelvin Wooten
  • Marc Griffin
  • Abe Parker
Inc. No World, Epikh Pro, Kelvin Wooten, & S14:04
4."Over the Top"
30 Roc3:12
5."Self Discovery"
Kelvin Wooten & S12:28
6."Deep End"
  • Britanny Foushee
  • John Summit
  • Moore
  • Khari Alamin
Anthony Gardner2:41
7."Drown" (featuring John Legend)
  • Jim Lavigne
  • Moore
  • Micah Premnath
  • Alex Stacey
  • Danny Majic
  • Justin Franks
  • Ace Harris
  • John Legend
Danny Majic, DJ Frank E, & Ace Harris3:21
8."Saturday Night" (featuring Jozzy)
  • Ricks II
  • Moore
  • Joshua Brennan
  • Jocelyn Donald
9."Sunday Morning" (featuring Kirk Franklin)
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Moore
  • Lynwood Norris
  • Denisia Andrews
  • Nathanael Saint-Fleur
  • Terrence Antonio Jones
  • Harris
  • Lowery
  • Shama Joseph
  • Kuwanna J. Moore
  • Brittany Coney
Anthem, Ace Harris, Epikh Pro, & SAK PASE4:02
Epikh Pro & Taylor Hill2:32
11."Keep Going"
  • Harris
  • PA Carvello
  • Christopher N'Quay
  • Fletcher Redd
  • Moore
Quay Global, Carvello, & Ace Harris2:28
12."Still" (featuring DaniLeigh)
NOVA WAV & Mike Woods2:56
13."Only Human" (featuring BJ the Chicago Kid)
  • Kenneth Deron Anderson
  • Harris
  • Tyler Alan Brasel
  • Dave James
  • John McNeil
  • John Smythe
  • Bryan James Sledge
  • Moore
30WON, Dave James, Ace Harris, & 42 North3:49
14."Nothing Left to Hide" (featuring Gwen Bunn)
  • Gwen Bunn
  • L. Griffin
  • Moore
Ace Harris, Inc. No World, & S13:37
The Deluxe Album
15."10 Toes"
  • Kyrie Briana Chalmers
  • Harris
  • Moore
  • Ryan Bert
  • Haggerty
Carvello & Lasanna "Ace" Harris3:09
16."Rich and Famous" (featuring WHATUPURG & Ty Brasel)
  • Dave James
  • JRaul Garcia
  • Kheil "Stone" Harrison
  • Harris
  • Moore
  • Bert
  • Joseph
  • Lowery
  • D'Shaun
  • Brasel
  • Zach Paradis
Epikh Pro, Kheilstone, Lasanna "Ace" Harris, & Shama "SAK PASE" Joseph3:26
17."Come Thru Jesus"
  • Moore
  • Lelon Windham
  • Bert
  • Joseph
Carvello & Shama "SAK PASE" Joseph2:09
18."Deep End (Remix)" (featuring Rapsody)
19."Restored" (featuring 1K Phew, Wande, Hulvey)
  • Brianna Curiel
  • Hulvey
  • Glenn Isaac Gordon II
  • Harris
  • Moore
  • Bert
  • Hill
  • Wande Isola
Carvello, Lasanna "Ace" Harris, & Taylor Hill4:37
20."Celebrate More" (116 featuring Lecrae, Andy Mineo, & Hulvey)
  • Andy Mineo
  • Hulvey
  • David James Miller
  • Lavigne
  • Wooten
  • L. Griffin
  • Latravian Haggerty
  • Moore
  • Lowery
  • Hill
Dave James, Epikh Pro, Inc., Kelvin "WU10" Wooten, S1, & Taylor Hill3:11
Total length:1:00:37

Sample credits

  • "Set Me Free" contains a sample from "Shackles (Praise You)" performed by Mary Mary and interpolations from "Same Old Story" written and performed by TQ Dat Mayne featuring B.B. King
  • "Deep End" contains a sample from "Deep End" performed by John Summit and interpolations from "Deep End Freestyle" written and performed by Sleepy Hallow and Fousheé
  • "Zombie" contains a sample from "We're Blessed" performed by Fred Hammond & Radical for Christ and interpolations from "I'm 'n Luv (wit a Stripper)" written and performed by T-Pain featuring Mike Jones
  • "Keep Going" contains interpolations from "Celebrate More" written and performed by 116, Andy Mineo & Hulvey featuring Lecrae


Chart performance for Restoration
Chart (2020) Peak
UK Christian & Gospel Albums (OCC)[14] 5
US Billboard 200[15] 69
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[16] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[17] 13
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[18] 39


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  2. ^ Sarachik, Justin (February 27, 2020). "Lecrae Announces Details & Release Date of New Book 'I Am Restored'". Rapzilla.
  3. ^ Amorosi, A. D. (May 29, 2020). "In Leaving a Major Label, Faith-Based Rapper Lecrae Embraces the Spirit of Independence Along with Spirituality". Variety.
  4. ^ Gibson, Charity (September 5, 2017). "Lecrae Explains Why He Nearly Left Christianity and Contemplated Suicide (Video)". The Christian Post. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
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  9. ^ "Deep End - Single". Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  10. ^ "Drown - Single". Retrieved August 28, 2020.
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  12. ^ a b Schoonhoven, Tess (November 2, 2020). "Lecrae Sheds An Approachable Light On a Niche Genre With 'Restoration' – American Songwriter". American Songwriter. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  13. ^ a b Fryberger, Scott (August 20, 2020). "Lecrae Restoration". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
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  15. ^ "Lecrae Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
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  17. ^ "Lecrae Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  18. ^ "Lecrae Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2020.