The Compton rapper wraps his street tales in spiritual themes to deliver one the year's most intriguing albums. On Jesus Piece (***½ out of four) Game's customary gangster aggression is tempered by soulful contemplation over swirling strings, rumbling bass and church organs.
He offers a variety of flows, inspired in part by the slew of hip-hop luminaries who populate the album.
Fortunately, his rhymes shine brightest even with such guests as Kanye West, Common, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar.
Game has stirred controversy (no surprise) with an album cover of a tattooed Jesus in a red bandana on a stained glass window, yet fans will praise the music.
Download:Jesus Piece, Ali Bomaye, Celebration, Pray, Heaven's Arms