Jeezy flooded the streets with his recently released album, Church In These Streets. This is Jeezy’s eighth studio album, with four different singles. The singles supporting the album are “GOD,” “Church in These Streets,” “Gold Bottles,” and “Sweet Life.” According to Pastor Young’s interview on HOT97, the album title was borne from his the intent to bring the street religion to the streets, likening his shows to “ghetto gospels.”
Jeezy reached out to some of the classic Atlanta producers that would lace him with the sound that his core fans needed. His single “GOD” was produced by Southside of 808 Mafia. Some argue that Southside may be the most creative producer in the clique, bringing the hardest beats. The remix for “GOD” was made with guest appearances from newborn star Travis Scott and the legend, Nas. Nas laced the song with an exquisite 16, with lines that solidified his level of importance and making references to being a “GOD” from a higher place.
The album was smoothed out with his single “Sweet Life.” Janelle Monae blessed the record with her beautiful voice, and the engineer did an amazing job in mixing her vocals and giving it the angelic feel. The cutoff off in frequencies of the low end give it a sense of elevation. The producer of the record did an amazing job, especially with the drums. The drums compliment the smoothness of the whole record which sit very well overall in the entire project, giving it balance. The strings behind the vocals add to an lofty feel that makes everything feel appropriate. The song gives a different feel than the hard “trap” sound that is expected and experienced from Jeezy and his choice of producers.
By far, the song that has been most on repeat is “Forgive Me,” featuring Monica. The smooth R&B beat mixed with hard, painful, trap lyrics add to a hopeful feel that is projected. His shout out to his fallen homie (RIP Pookie Loc) allows you to feel his pain. The bar holds so much emotion that it forces you to relate, and endure his loss. Every Jeezy album has this type record that make the project complete. This is the record that gives a sense of hope to those in the struggle.
Church In These Streets is worth a listen, especially if you have been a Jeezy fan since day one. What needs to be understood is that this is no Trap or Die or Recession, but it is a quality album that deserves the proper attention. It just was created in a more mature state of mind.
Church In The Streets, out now! Grab your copy today! Stream for free below: