Christian rapper Lecrae, who recently nabbed three Grammy nominations after seeing his latest album “Anomaly” top the Billboard 200 chart, has had a big year.
And the popular performer is taking advantage of the massive platform he’s amassed, using it to spread the gospel, while also addressing some of the divisive issues unfolding in America.
There’s no doubt that Lecrae, who is never shy to share his faith, has crossed over into the mainstream. Just consider the fact that he’s competing against rappers like Eminem and Drake in the “Best Rap Performance” category at the Grammys — a fact that has left him both grateful and reflective.
It’s also a dynamic that’s allowing his views on contentious social matters to permeate through to a wider audience.
“The ‘Best Rap Song Performance’ is like a milestone for me,” he told TheBlaze this week. “It’s more about the mission than it is kind of the award for me and what it is is the mission of just saying that a voice that is not for the degradation of humanity is in the same pipeline with everybody else.”
Lecrae said that the nomination is evidence that he can be a man of faith, a father and a husband, while still existing and experiencing success in the mainstream hip hop world. And while the results of that nomination are still nearly two-months away, it’s clear Lecrae’s influence is being felt.
Consider that he’s been vocal about some of the racial tensions that have emerged in recent weeks surrounding the unrelated deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black man; he’s been vocally calling for peace and collective discussion in an effort to temper frustrations.
“I think thre’s just a huge, huge lack of civil conversations,” Lecrae told TheBlaze. “I think that everyone loves to jump on their soapbox and blast out their analysis of everything, but I think we fail to realize that we all see life through a paradigm, through a particular bias.”
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