When you think of Hip-Hop you think about music glorifying women, sex, cars and money. Not Glorifying God or your faith. When you think of Hip-Hop you think of artists like Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj. Not Lecrae.
“I think what I’m doing for a lot of people is breaking barriers and transcending categories,” says the Grammy-winning Rapper.
Not new to the game, Lecrae has been on the music scene since 2004 with the release of his debut album Real Talk which reached number 29 on the Billboards ‘Gospel album’ charts staying there for 12 weeks. He has since released six more albums with the most recent being Anomaly Which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 on the Gospel album charts as well as ranking number 12 on the Rolling stones ‘best rap albums of 2014’
Keeping his faith close to him, Lecrae credits surviving a life of drug dealing, stealing, drinking all to God. Crediting his lifestyle to God and hopes that he can inspire other people through Christian hip-hop.
“People don’t know quite what to do. It’s not gospel. It’s not contemporary Christian. It is hip-hop, but then obviously it’s not cussing, it’s not misogynistic. It’s just transcending all these categories and I think it is opening doors and opening avenues.” mentions the rapper.
Lecrae is also part of Christian Hip-Hop group 116 clique which members of his label Reach Records are also a part of. He had also mentored a lot of the men in the group and on his label into being better Christians and rappers.
“When I started out, honestly a lot of churches didn’t know quite what to do with me. I think it was just you got tattoos and your pants are low, hanging a little bit, and you’re rapping all hard and it was just kind of a weird thing,” he said.
Lecrae is currently on tour in North America.