In case you missed it, Reach Records and Grammy Award-winning CHH pillar Lecrae sat down with Trackstarz in a candid interview, covering his own reflections on triumph and mistakes throughout his career, the importance of accountability, and having thick skin.
Lecrae opens up about what he wishes he did differently, the responsibility of being pushed into CHH’s spotlight, and bringing the CHH genre to mainstream hip-hop.
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The rapper also talks about dealing with fame and the responsibility of influence, the growth of CHH, and what he would change.
With an undeniable reach regarding the wave of artists entering the Christian rap realm, Crae reflects on how some would follow his actions without the understanding.
“…I didn’t know that I was gonna leave in the wake of my career people who would say, ‘I’m off that Christian rap stuff. I’m on that mainstream’.”
“I never wanted you to leave your devotion to the Lord behind, I just want us to not be boxed in,” he continued. “To those people coming behind me, you’ve got to have a solid group of people coming with you to these places.”
While discussing the current Reach roster and the Unashamed Forever Tour, Lecrae doesn’t shy away from addressing ‘periphery fans’ who only take and accept some parts of hip hop music and culture, or even Lecrae himself.
He also speaks on the hurt from partial acceptance and the need for reconciliation between racially divided segments of the Christian Church and hip hop culture.
Reflecting on the early days of the small, ‘tight-knit family’ and minority-led audiences to the explosion of white audiences and mainstream attention after CCM took them up, Lecrae speaks it straight of periphery fans and naysayers: “…they love a part of you, not all of you,” but doesn’t excuse himself, saying, “part of that [hurt] is my fault for buying into this idea that racism doesn’t exist within Christianity.”
Lecrae has often been a lightning rod for criticism when speaking about social and racial issues from a black perspective.
“You just keep pushing, man, and keep doing what God give you to do, and celebrate with the people running with you” continuing on an encouraging note.
Near the end of the interview, the discussion progresses into the boundaries of the genre in relation to the mainstream and the progression of the artistry of those within the genre.
“I used to think we were too boxed in, to closed in,” reflecting and adding that he wishes to have done more encouraging, but continues, ”no one can say anymore ‘Christian rap is corny’. They can’t say its corny, they can’t say its wack. There are gold albums to prove them otherwise. The quality is there.”
What do you think of the artistry in CHH?