Meet Lecrae, the Christian Rapper Tearing Up the Charts

A two-minute bio on hip-hop's God-loving, chart-topping artist

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An evangelical Christian rapper has taken over the iTunes hip-hop/rap chart. Three of the top 10 spots, including slots No. 1 and No. 2, have belonged to Lecrae ever since his new album, Gravity, dropped on Sept. 4. With the deluxe version of the album atop the chart all week and the regular rendition sidling right behind it in the second position, Lecrae is expected to sell 60,000 copies in the opening week, easily a first for a Christian rapper. His lyrics certainly don’t match those on the rest of the hip-hop chart, giving his record a distinctly family-friendly feel. Here’s what you need know about the new hip-hop king:

• Lecrae is certainly no stranger to topping charts. In 2008 his album Rebel became the first Christian rap album to take the top spot on Billboard’s Top Gospel chart. It spent 78 weeks there.

Reach Records, the label that released Gravity, is actually an independent label owned by Lecrae. He has a stable of Christian rappers signed to it.

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• The lyrics are what set Lecrae’s albums apart from other rap discs. When he raps about going “higher,” he’s referring not to drugs but God, saying, “the closer I get to you, the higher I feel.” Athletes Tim Tebow, Bubba Watson and Jeremy Lin have all praised him for his straightforward, Gospel-inspired message. Lin said, “An artist you have to check out is Lecrae … he raps a lot about the Gospel, and I really enjoy his lyrics.”

This week on Instagram, Lecrae pointed out the difference in his lyrics, writing, “Dear Hip-Hop, this didn’t happen because of swag, drug references, or stripper anthems. #Godisgood”

• At age 19, Lecrae attended a conference at the prodding of a friend and heard James White deliver a message that he says “turned his world upside down and showed him his need for a savior.”

• Lecrae was raised by his mother and has lived in San Diego, Denver and Dallas, where he pursued the street life he idolized as a child, according to his website bio. But after adopting a new worldview and committing to following Jesus, he started speaking and rapping in Dallas and volunteered at a juvenile detention center while creating his debut album, Real Talk.

• In 2005 he co-founded ReachLife Ministries, a resource center to “help bridge the gap between biblical truth and the urban context,” according to the ministry’s website.

• Lecrae’s album Rehab, released in 2010, reached No. 3 on the albums chart on iTunes and earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Rock/Rap Gospel album.

• Born and initially raised on the south side of Houston, the 32-year-old now lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children.

• A typical line in a Lecrae verse, from “Fuego,” off the Gravity album: “Feed the hungry and touch the sick. We gon’ help the homeless and love the kids.”

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34 comments
GrowingInGrace
GrowingInGrace

Wow! I heard about this through Charisma News and my mouth dropped. God's people are taking it with authenticity. Then I got that early sub of Time that drops on the shelf on Monday. It has a pic of Lecrae , wearing shorts, sneakers, and a T that says, "This is my church clothes." That's what's up...a BIC that reps at the top of culture shift by exemplifying that Christ looks at the heart. Big ups to Lecrae for impacting this generation and those to come. As for unbelievers out there, I can't hate whom God's mercy is abundant towards over judgement. Check out that hot track by Deraj called "My Little Atheist" to understand what I'm talking about. Exciting times are ahead for the gospel and for those who accept Christ.

Trajan Saldana
Trajan Saldana

For this guy to be "tearing up the charts" I have not heard his name until today

Waithera Natanya Junghae
Waithera Natanya Junghae

WOHOOO so cool to see this and I didn't realise that James White was the one who preached that message that the Lord used to save Lecrae, wow just encourages me to go out and make disciples, you never know who will be listening #HIS GLORY ALONE!!

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Nashulee
Nashulee

Great Album! Great Artist! God is enough!!! 

Good and Godless
Good and Godless

Current religions of today will fade as past religions have faded.

Atheism is the only constant.

christ-stains like lecrae are not to be found in deep history nor until only recently in many nations at all.

Everyone spends some time of their life as an Atheist.

My solace and the solace of other budding Atheists is the presence of Atheism in EVERY great society.

Whereas most religions can scarcely claim even "one" great society.

Today's religions seem so bent on undermining the success of this civilization they won't even count in the long run.

Brandon Bachman
Brandon Bachman

I invite a you to visit a church, such as an Assembly of God Church, so you can see what God has done in people's lives and the large presence he has in the church. Explain how dozens of people speak in a language they have never spoken before (this is called speaking in tongues). Explain to me how people receive visions and prophecies. The only answer is God. Jesus is real, and he is coming soon. If you don't believe me, go to an Assemblies of God Church! Open your mind. Don't believe in Satan's widely accepted lies. Take the road less travelled. God bless you!

Good and Godless
Good and Godless

From a blank slate you would propose, if you had been the first and only person ever to see (and hear) "speaking in tongues" that this was proof of an otherwise undetected "god" ?

That is why lies built upon lies cannot stand scrutiny.

No god, no satan either.

Danniepannie
Danniepannie

@Good and Godless  what meaning to your life do you have then? why are you here? just to die? what kind of life is that?

DeGault
DeGault

Gotta love the intellectual atheists who have nothing better to do than troll the Internet looking for anything that mentions Christianity so they can condescend and mock that which they don't understand.

interweber
interweber

All hail atheism's great society - Stalin's USSR!!! Yay, wasn't it the best :) 

Robert S. Dawson
Robert S. Dawson

Sorry but you are incorrect. God is a loving God who is the Alpha and the Omega (the beginning and the end). He is the creator of the universe. He loved us before we loved Him (John 3:16). He is so real and if you would open up your heart to receive all that He has for you would see how real He is. Romans 10:9-10

Tyler Mills
Tyler Mills

Sorry man but alpha and omega does not mean the beginning and the end. It means the highest and the greatest. Not trying to take away from your argument from the always entertaining atheist representative 

Sha Carson
Sha Carson

 In the Greek alphabet, alpha is the first letter and omega is the last, hence the phrase "beginning and the ending."

Good and Godless
Good and Godless

Citing a book of fiction is lacking credibility.

Unfortunately regurgitating the puerile nonsense from a religious indoctrination is indicative of the underlying poisoning of intellects by the church.

Rick Haughton
Rick Haughton

You should read Romans 1:18-31.  It talks about being Godless and such.  

Norwood Hingle
Norwood Hingle

I respect your opinion but also disagree. Intellectually speaking, the Bible is not a book of ficton but rather a historical document with historical evidence pointing to its validity. Jesus's resurrection, for example, is supported by eyewitness accounts of people willing to die for their beliefs in him. And prophesies written about him hundreds of years before him were not fulfilled out of mere coincidence.  And out of curiosity, where do you believe we come from? Are we a result of a mere cosmic explosion or some evolutionized process? Do we have no purpose, no innate sense of good and evil, no hope? Where does are ability to know facts and to reason come from? I have a hard time believing that the complexities of our bodies and minds come from mere chance or a blind process, I hardly see how this vast universe can come from nothing at all. It takes a lot more faith to believe that theory than to accept the evidence of a Deity that has created us in his image. And by the way there is no "Good and Godless" because without God, there is no good or evil at all. All we have is mere opinion, not one  more valid than another. May God bless.

R.j. Cuffee
R.j. Cuffee

Yall need to check bizzle out if yall like Lecrae.

Lecrazy
Lecrazy

If you like Lecrae, don't forget to check out his labelmates KB, Andy Mineo, Trip Lee, Tedashii, and Derek Minor (PRo). They're just as awesome as him.

Vincey
Vincey

other rappers better be afraid!! breath of fresh air too

Vincey
Vincey

awesome album!! 

Bezalel
Bezalel

Like Lecrae said "They gon' know about us" :D

Yes, God is good :)

04champs07
04champs07

Jordan was right, comments everywhere ;) lol coolness bro. God is getting so much glory right now tho #crazylove

Alex
Alex

awesome!!