New music is my favorite music. When the new R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Gospel songs get too familiar, I switch to a different genre where everything sounds new and different.
That’s how I found Lecrae a few years back. I Google cool gospel music and then i stumbled on background from Rehab.
I started listening to Lecrae’s top hits and realized this guy is special. I couldn’t understand why he was in with Gospel Rap when most of his songs weren’t preachy and rarely mentioned God, Jesus, or scripture. They were just great hip-hop productions with positive, uplifting, encouraging lyrics that talks about overcoming the hard-knock-life
Early this year I saw a release of Unashamed by Lecrae… I seriously tried downloading but it wouldn’t work and i couldn’t find it in Nigerian bookstores… Then a friend emailed it and i was starstruck through out.
I was hooked in the introduction where he describes being at the 2015 Grammies, nominated in the Best Rap Performance category with Drake, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar, but also being virtually ignored by the stars and the paparazzi. I had no idea he had previously won a couple Grammies in the Gospel category.
The book talks about his struggles being raised by a single mom after his dad walked out and how that affected him well into his adult years. He wasn’t an athlete, scholar, or thug, but participated in all three. He found the arts as his refuge, but didn’t want his thug friends to know.
Despite regularly attending church as a kid, it was only in college that his Christian faith blossomed. But, that didn’t come without several traumatic periods of doubt and backsliding, eventually landing him in a clinic for depression.
He started as a Christian Rap artist but evolved into a rapper whose style is more suited to mainstream rap. His message is never centered on violence, drugs, guns, profanity, misogyny, and the normal stuff you often hear. That’s why he doesn’t describes himself as a Christian Rapper, but as a Rapper who is Christian.
There’s no such thing as Christian Rap and Secular Rap. Only people can become Christians. Music cannot accept Jesus into its heart. I’m not trying to make Christian music or secular music; I’m just making music. – Lecrae
Two-time Grammy winning rap artist, Lecrae, learned this lesson through more than his share of adversity—childhood abuse, drugs and alcoholism, a stint in rehab, an abortion, and an unsuccessful suicide attempt.
Along the way, Lecrae attained an unwavering faith in Jesus and began looking to God for affirmation. Now as a chart-topping industry anomaly, he has learned to ignore the haters and make peace with his craft. The rap artist holds nothing back as he divulges the most sensitive details of his life, answers his critics, shares intimate handwritten journal entries, and powerfully models how to be a Christian in a secular age.
This is the story of one man’s journey to faith and freedom.
Learn more at Lecrae.com and UnashamedBook.com.
‘Unashamed’ is a must read.