With his new album, Game has found Jesus. The West Coast rapper recently announced that he's renamed his upcoming fifth studio album from F.I.V.E (Fear Is Victory's Evolution) to the pithier and more sacrosanct Jesus Piece.
Game, who was baptized last year, says he first decided to make the change after observing a trend of other artists using the number five in their own album titles.
"Trey Songz came with his album Chapter V, and of course 50 [Cent] had 5 (Murder by Numbers), I just felt like I should jump off that wagon," he said in an interview with Vibe.
The "Red Nation" rapper had recorded a song called "Jesus Piece" with Kanye West that inspired him to move in a new direction.
"So I went back into the studio and started doing songs that leaned more towards the title. I think people gon’ appreciate the concept once they hear the music," he said.
As the concept of a "Jesus piece" implies, Game says his album will blend religious and street values.
"I'm a Christian but I'm not 'holier than thou,' " he said. "Jesus Piece gives me an opportunity to speak about situations that people like me who love God but are still street and still wanna remain themselves without going the Pastor Mase route. It gives the opportunity to know that it’s somebody out there that feels them."
The album is currently slated for release later this year. Game recently released a Bone-Thugs-n-Harmony sampling lead single "Celebration" featuring Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Tyga and Lil Wayne.
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