"Trip Lee was raised in my house basically," Franklin said. "He went to school with my kids and was at my house every weekend. He was best friends with my son and was spitting way back then."
Franklin said he met William "Trip Lee" Barefield when the Reach Records rapper was in third grade. The legendary gospel artist, who released his latest album, Losing My Religion, in November, also raved about Trip becoming a pastor, in addition to an artist.
"What's so crazy is to watch him pursue pastoring instead of going 100 with his career and try to be passionate about that as well, it's so impressive to me," Franklin said, "but that says a lot to me about how he's wired. And he was always wired that way.
"When I would go on tour, Will, my son and his friends would come on stage and do the Harlem Shake. ... And even then, he was different. He was always different. To see his heart still hungry for the king is beautiful."
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