Christian hip hop-affiliated producer earns Grammy nomination for work on Nicki Minaj’s album ‘The Pinkprint’
While no Christian rapper received a 2016 Grammy nomination, Lasanna “ACE” Harris of PK ONEDAY/Sak Pase Music, who has produced for Lecrae and KB, may win an award for his work on Nicki Minaj’s album The Pinkprint, which sold 244,000 units in its first week and is nominated for Best Rap Album.
The Grammys present album of the year awards to producers and engineers, in addition to the main artist.
“Through my relationship and venture with Shama ‘Sak Pase’ Joseph, we were given the opportunity to meet with Nicki and play her some music,” Harris said. “And for me, I try to reflect light and my faith everywhere I go, even in arenas where our beliefs may be unpopular.
“I think that on the surface, it may seem uncharacteristic for me to work with Christian acts like Lecrae and Deitrick Haddon and also with a Nicki Minaj. But I feel that as long as your motives are pure and your heart is in the right place, there can be an opportunity to be a light.”
Harris, who released an EP titled ATLiberia in October, co-produced track No. 19 on The Pinkprint, “Win Again,” with Sak Pase and Unk Steve. The Pinkprint is up against Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive, Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and Dr. Dre’s Compton for Best Rap Album.
In 2014, Harris produced Lecrae’s song “Runners” from his award-winning album Anomaly, as well as the title track of KB’s EP 100 featuring Andy Mineo. He has also produced for other mainstream hip-hop artists, including T.I. and Kid Ink.
This past August, Kuxiine, a production group and branch of Harris’s team PK ONEDAY, remixed KB’s Tomorrow We Live lead single featuring Lecrae, “Sideways,” which is available for free download exclusively on Rapzilla.