Lecrae, the Grammy-winning Christian rapper who recently made headlines surrounding his involvement in a lawsuit against pop star Katy Perry, is one of the most unlikely Hip-Hop stars you’ll ever meet. You won’t catch him rocking the most ostentatious jewelry or any other over-the-top threads. That’s because the 34-year-old is using his gift of rhyme to express his love for his faith.
While Lecrae is a Christian rapper, he’s been able to do what no Christian artist has been able to seamlessly move through the worlds of gospel and secular music with out compromising his beliefs or faith. “I’m not some church boy pretending to like rap. I’m from the culture of hip-hop. I’m not some rap dude trying to cash in on the church. I love Jesus!” he made perfectly clear during our conversation.
Being fluid throughout different musical genres has made him somewhat of an enigma for fans who try to pigeonhole him. This is why he titled his upcoming seventh album, due out September 9th, “Anomaly.”
While he is focused on putting out his new project and heading out on a subsequent tour, Lecrae was thrown into the spotlight when he was named as a co-plaintiff in a copyright infringement lawsuit against pop star Katy Perry. The news of the lawsuit hit the made headlines a few days before Lecrae stepped into our offices.
The Urban Daily spoke with Lecrae about his new album, how he manages to move through the worlds of gospel and Hip-Hop music, and that pesky little Katy Perry lawsuit. Allow yourself to get familiar.
TUD: Tell me a little but about your upcoming album “Anomaly.” Why did you chose that for the title?
Lecrae: The album’s called “Anomaly” because anomaly means a deviation from the norm. I think everyone has a “normal” box they’d like to place me in. I just don’t fit. When you think of gospel music, you think of Kirk Franklin or Donnie McClurkin. When you think of Hip-Hop, you might think 2 Chainz or Jay Z. And yet here I stand in this weird place. I’m the anomaly because I can walk in both of these worlds without any issues. That’s really what the album is about; not fitting in, but embracing that that’s my identity. The identity of one who doesn’t belong in any world.
I’ve heard people argue about whether you’re a gospel rapper or just a rapper with an inspirational message. So does that fluidity sometimes confuse fans?
Well, you know, there’s some who have to grow with you to begin to understand this is just different. It’s almost like culture shock. Some fans have a hard time figuring me out initially because they need some kind of box to put me in instead of allowing me to be the box. I am the category that you’re looking for.
You have a song called “Nuthin.” There’s a line that stands out where you’re calling yourself a hater because other rappers don’t say too much on songs anymore. Why are you calling yourself a hater?
That’s our tendency that when we feel challenged with something that’s probably true, it’s a default response to say, “Oh, you’re just hating. You don’t understand me.” And all I’m doing is calling people up. In the song I say, “I know these people greater than the songs they create.” It’s my belief that you were made for more than what you’re displaying. I mean here we are a civilization that lives in the age of technology, we built pyramids, we’ve created whole civilizations and you mean to tell me all we can come up with are these monotonous lyrics? We’re more innovative than we give ourselves credit for. We’re more brilliant than we give ourselves credit for and I think God made us to do more than we are with our creativity.