On Friday, CNN released a video interview with Lecrae, who had dropped his new mixtape, Church Clothes 3, the week before.
Lecrae talked about Christian stereotypes and how he approaches breaking them, as well as going to protests in his hometown of Atlanta last year.
“I involved myself in the protests after Ferguson here in Atlanta for a multitude of different reasons,” Lecrae said. “There was so much pent up anger and frustration within the black community. People didn’t know what they were mad at or what they wanted to see happen, so they just lashed out.
“And so I wanted to be out there to direct the passion of a lot of these young folks in a healthy way, and by the end of the time, a lot of the college students were looking at me saying, ‘Hey, what should we be doing.'”
Lecrae was actually interviewed at an Atlanta protest, a clip of which is included in the video interview. He shared what happened there, and how he tried to help protesters use their frustration for productivity, rather than destruction.
“I saw a taxi cab, and his window had been smashed in,” Lecrae said. “I wanted to make sure I went up to that man and told him that I was willing to pay for that because that’s not what we’re about here, and that’s not what this is about. And part of it for me was to be there to educate, to be there to help them, to be there to say, ‘What is the strategy you want to employ here versus just getting out here, burning trash cans and breaking windows?'”
Watch the full segment below. Buy Church Clothes 3 on iTunes.