Editors’ Notes Matching street credibility with natural flow and sharp pop instincts, Flame goes from strength to strength on his seventh album, Royal Flush. Flame’s lyrics stress personal redemption while maintaining a playful tone that makes the Word go down easy. This time out, he enlists an impressive lineup of guest stars as he runs through a consistently uplifting set. The opening track (“Break the Building,” a fiery declaration of faith) and the closing number (“Start Over,” a pop-influenced tune featuring NF's urgent vocals) bookend the album with a compassionate message that reaches out to nonbelievers. In between are club-beat sermons (“Sanctuary”), fervent electronica anthems (“Game Over”), Jamaican-slanted testimonies (“Baited”), and tormented prayers over hypnotic grooves (“Maranatha”). Especially incisive is “Stackin’,” a biting commentary on greed and spiritual blindness. Flame is helped immensely by such notables as singer V. Rose (who adds a yearning edge to “Read Em & Weep”) and rappers K-Drama and D-Maub (laying down rapid-fire wordplay on “Mixed Up”).

SONG
Break the Building (feat. Serge)
1
3:58
 
All In (feat. KB)
2
3:30
 
Sanctuary (feat. Mike Real)
3
3:47
 
Sleepin'
4
3:42
 
Game Over
5
3:28
 
Baited (feat. Fedel)
6
3:17
 
Maranatha
7
4:46
 
2 Peter 1:3 Interlude (feat. Ryan Fullerton)
8
2:35
 
Read Em & Weep (feat. V. Rose)
9
3:29
 
Believe
10
4:10
 
Stackin' Intro
11
2:00
 
Stackin'
12
4:22
 
Mixed Up (feat. K-Drama & D-Maub)
13
3:22
 
The Line Interlude (feat. Ryan Fullerton)
14
1:30
 
Start Over (feat. NF)
15
3:16
 

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