Since debuting on Sept. 30, the album from Reach Records’ recording artist Lecrae, maintains the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Gospel Album chart for the second week. Making history as the first Christian Rap album to sit in the top position, “Rebel” has ended the 18-week run of Marvin Sapp’s “Thirsty,” placing it in the No. 2 position while Voices’ “The Ultimate Gospel Collection,” CeCe Winans’ “Thy Kingdom Come,” and Shekinah Glory’s “Jesus” complete the Top 5 positions, respectively.
“Rebel” also maintains top placement on Billboards’ Top Christian/Gospel Album chart behind WOW Hits, Jon McLaughlin, Anberlin, Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, and Third Day – the album sits in the No. 7 position – and closed out the week in the No. 5 position on iTunes’ Top Rap/Hip Hop Album following T.I.’s “Paper Trail,” Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III,” and Young Jeezy’s “The Recession.”
President of ReachLife Ministries, Lecrae is most recognized for hit singles ‘Jesus Muzik’ and ‘Prayin For You’ from his groundbreaking sophomore CD, “After The Music Stops.” Even after releasing in 2006 with a debut in the No. 5 position on the Top Gospel Album charts, the album continues to appear on the Top R&B/Hip Hop charts.
Redefining a worldview depiction of a person who is resistant in their ways, Lecrae presents the characteristics of a rebel as one who is now rebellious towards the passive approach to an undedicated lifestyle. Through personal testimony and powerful messages, “Rebel” provides a greater understanding for its listeners to channel their passion towards an unashamed life for God.
Standing firm on Romans 1:16, Lecrae just completed the 25-City International ‘Unashamed Tour’ with labelmates Tedashii, Sho Baraka, and Trip Lee. With a mission to spread the gospel by calling each location to live an unashamed life for the Lord, the tour kicked off in Lecrae’s home state of Texas and concluded in Australia. The first artist to sign with Memphis-based Reach Records, while maintaining a busy tour schedule, the University of North Texas graduate continues to serve and disciple at his local church.
Lecrae’s “Rebel” is distributed to the CBA market and Wal-Mart stores by Infinity/Central South Distribution. For more information on Lecrae and the album “Rebel,” please visit www.ReachRecords.com or www.myspace.com/Lecrae