In a recent interview with Black Enterprise, Lecrae opened up about new album Restoration, his second book ‘I Am Restored’, and his other business ventures.

His book and album are thematically almost hand-in-hand together. About the two, he said:

With conversation rising about the number of teens committing suicide and the heightened conversations around mental health awareness and suicide prevention, this is the perfect time for my ninth album, Restoration. I’m also writing another book, I Am Restored, due out later this year. A follow-up to my first book, Unashamed, I Am Restored, chronicles how I’ve navigated the highs and lows of success and celebrity and shares how coming into faith has helped to restore, transform, and define who I am as a man, father, community activist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.

He spoke a little more about the album before being asked about “Restoration” in his own life. He replied:

I want to restore the view the black community has of itself. We can change the narrative, empower the disenfranchised, and close wealth gaps. We can restore the dignity that was stripped from us. We can lean on God to restore our sense of purpose and worth. I am partnered on several projects to restore Atlanta’s English Avenue, an area known for its rampant drug trafficking and violent crime statistics. I’m also an active member of the Board of Advisory for Peace Academy, the first school in the English Avenue area to be opened in more than 20 years.

Other highlights of the interview included a film company he part-owns, a future in real estate, and co-owning a tech company.

Lecrae is poised for a restorative and profitable 2020 and beyond. It’s refreshing to see him give some of that success back with healing ventures.