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Album Review: Lecrae – ‘ATWT’
By Hannah Jacob
On September 21st, 2017, Lecrae Moore’s 10th album was released titled: All Things Work Together or “ATWT.” Compared to his previous albums, ATWT is written like a personal letter from Lecrae to his family and friends on topics such as politics, love, money, life, and death.
The grammy winner stayed true to his style of rap by mixing an acoustic or electric beat with 16 bars of heavy words. Lecrae includes singles he’s written over the past year with various artists like Ty Dolla $ign and Torri Kelly. While it might seem controversial for a conservative Christian rapper to collaborate with a secular artist, the album contains no profanity or any lyrics that would cause a negative parental advisory.
There are similar artists such as Chance The Rapper and Kendrik Lamar. However, Lecrae’s album is more personal in that it includes songs with topics such as: A letter written to an old girlfriend (“Wish You the Best”), Growing up (“Broke”), Black lives matter (“Facts”), depression (“Can’t Stop Me Now/Destination”), death of a loved one (“8:28”) and the list goes on!
A track titled “Lucked Up” is perhaps the one that most caught my attention as a Marked Ministry contributor. Though the title might seem to be a head turner at first, the song is about Lecrae’s marriage and how he “Lucked Up” with a great wife and chooses to remain pure in their relationship despite temptation while he’s on tour.
Despite all the twists and turns of life, the underlying message of the album is “And we know that ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”