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Lecrae: A Christian Hip-Hop Star on the Rise!

Many of you may have heard of Lecrae, an up-and-coming Christian hip-hop artist. Lecrae has impacted many people’s lives with his hard hitting, relevant beats, his touching messages and his powerful testimony.

Lecrae has overcome many obstacles in his life and now is passionate about spreading the gospel and helping the youth through music. His current album, “Rehab: The Overdose” is filled with amazing songs and collaborations–he even was nominated for a Grammy this year.

Lecrae’s “Boasting,” featuring Anthony Evans, is one of my favorite songs. He has such humility in the song, giving GOD ALL THE GLORY! Listen:

Here is “Background” featuring C-Lite, another Christian artist:

Lecrae’s music is filled with passion and determination to share the gospel with the next generation. His lyrics are full of power, and full of truth. Lecrae has such skill and even rhymes scriptures from the Bible in his songs, putting out positive, life giving messages.

One of his songs from the album of the same name, “Rebel,” is not meant to encourage acting out; rather, Lecrae re-defines it from a Christian worldview.

Here is a sample of the lyrics:

Jesus was a rebel, a renegade, outlaw . . . A sanctified troublemaker but He never sinned . . . and He lived His life by a different set of Rules . . . culture ain’t approve, so you know they had they had to bruise ’em . . . I’d rather have a dollar in my pocket than a million, I’m scared to worship money, I’ll remain a rebel while the rest of them just carry on, this is what I live for, this the hill I’m buried on, if Jesus is the truth, that means one of us is VERY wrong . . . think about it.

Lecrae has had a successful year so far, including the release his most recent album, “Rehab: The Overdose.” Even famous artists in the secular industry are taking notice of this transformed artist. Lecrae’s lyrics are one of the top reasons he is flourishing-he doesn’t back down and doesn’t downplay his message for Jesus!

Lecrae’s music encourages me SO MUCH, and not only in my Christian walk. He inspires me to put out more powerful, truthful music. His lyrics, the scriptures he includes and the way he raps are amazing and powerful. The first time I heard “Boasting,” it impacted me so much it brought tears to my eyes. “Walking on Water” and “God is Enough” are fun, upbeat songs which I also listen to all the time.

Lecrae doesn’t rap about the same old money, cars, and bling like secular rappers. His music is MUCH deeper and hits right to the soul!

Do you listen to Lecrae’s music? Which of his songs is your favorite?

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  1. Cinnaronda

    Posted by Cinnaronda on July 28, 2016 at 17:19

    Lecrae- all I need is you is really good

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Me n God on July 24, 2012 at 16:17

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LECRAE and Trip lee and Tedashii!!!
    The lyrics actually don’t make me cringe like other artists. They make sense 😀

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by bobatea09 on February 24, 2012 at 11:26

    Lecrae is sooo awesome. I love his music video that’s displayed here, “Background”, and another video is “Just Like You”, and it shows how much we look up to those raising us. The first time I heard Lecrae was in concert, and I didn’t even know who he was! Trip Lee is pretty good too ^_^

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by abi on January 13, 2012 at 18:38

    i love this 🙂

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by halelover97 on January 7, 2012 at 20:18

    I love Lecrea!! Tripp Lee is also really good!

  6. Posted by on November 28, 2011 at 13:50

    I LOVE Lecrea!! My CMA youth group (no not country music awards :P) had a girls weekend get together and almost every time we drove, Lecrea was blasting out the speakers- especially “walking on water” 😀

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by Frankie Ann on November 26, 2011 at 10:21

    I looooove Lecrae’s music so much. He is so real about everything and it makes me think about the stuff that I am doing. He is such a blessing and I’ve seen him in concert. It was a free concert so a lot of people showed up, but there were too many, so 116 Clique decided to do another free concert right after the first one finished for all the other people waiting outside to hear them, too! It was so sweet! I love 116 Clique. If you haven’t listened to them, I think that you should! Their newest album “Man Up” is off the HOOK!

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by Swimmer Girl on November 26, 2011 at 06:46

    I love Lecrae sooo much-he is by far my favorite Christian artist! He has had no formal training but he includes more spiritual truth in one of his songs than a Bible college graduate can in a thesis paper! If you really listen to the lyrics it is impossible to deny they’ve got a very powerful effect and are absolute truth.

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by lia_14 on November 25, 2011 at 17:12

    I love lecrae!!! first i heard my brother listening 2 it and i was like really rap? and i actually thought Christians shouldnt listen 2 rap and then I just wanted 2 hear it. I did that like 4 years ago and now i love it. the lyrics are truly inspiring!!!

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by Lil Angel on November 25, 2011 at 12:00

    I Love Lecrae Hes Soooooo Awesomee, ! His Songs Are Soo Amazingg (:

  11. Posted by on November 22, 2011 at 15:15

    This is a link to Lecrae’s incredible testimony. These videos are called I am Second and they show people who have been completely broken and show that they are second and God is first! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ2FXrobFSI

  12. Posted by on November 22, 2011 at 11:33

    I love Lecrae!!! I listen to his songs every time.

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by HisGirl55 on November 22, 2011 at 09:01

    yes! i LOVE lecrae’s music he has so inspired me to stay strong as a christian! Its awesome that he can stand strong for what he believes when the hip hop culture is so…nasty, for lack of a better word… God bless him!

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by Morgan on November 21, 2011 at 17:18

    Lecrae is amazing! My youth-group got me started listening to his music about a year ago at a youth retreat, I’ve been a fan ever since! 🙂 I love how he’s so sold-out for God!
    Another good song is “Never Look Away” by KJ-52, You should check it out!

  15. Dreamer

    Posted by Dreamer on November 20, 2011 at 18:37

    I don’t usually like rap….but AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. pinkpenguin318

    Posted by pinkpenguin318 on November 20, 2011 at 12:01

    I SCREAMED when I saw you did an article on Lecrae. In fact…I’m listening to “26’s” and “Represent” when I was reading this (I still am!) Lecrae is on the top of my lists of male role models. His music always has a great beat and message to it. I’ve listened to both songs and they are both encouraging. I cannot believe that some Christians think Christian rap is the same thing as secular rap. Check out my article “Secular Music Vs. Christian music”: http://www.projectinspired.com/from-project-inspired-girl-morgan-secular-vs-christian-music/

    My friend isn’t big on rap, but both of us agree that this is different. Go to reachrecords.com for more info about Lecrae. I really want to buy something from them because I LOVE what they are doing. My favorite song is “Jesuz Muzik, dubstep remix.” Go to youtube.com if you can to lookk it up! 😀

    This guy’s going hard for God. 116 all the way!!!! (Reffering to Romans 1:16)

    If you like Lecrae also try Tedashii, Andy Mineo (an amazing white rapper), Trip Lee, and PRo. I hope you enjoy finding songs that fit your liking! 😀

  17. Project Inspired

    Posted by Jordanmixon on November 19, 2011 at 21:24

    I have his albulm “Rebel” and can honestly say it’s awesome and I love it! One of my favorite songs is “Rebel” because it’s message is just amazing and so truthful!

  18. Posted by on November 19, 2011 at 19:59

    I absolutely LOVE Lecrae! He has a way of getting the message of Christ out in this world, and his songs are a huge encouragement to me. I love Boasting. One of my absolute favorites! And Don’t Wanna Waste My Life is another really good one. If you haven’t listened to Lecrae, please do! He is amazing.

  19. Posted by on November 19, 2011 at 19:12

    I love Lecrae. His songs are so powerful and true! They seem to always apply to my life; even though we’re two very different people, we are united in Christ!

  20. Posted by on November 19, 2011 at 15:41

    Lecrae has amazing music!

  21. Posted by on November 19, 2011 at 14:43

    His song… God is Enough, Prayin’ for ya, The Bride and Jesus Musik! I love his music!

  22. Posted by on November 19, 2011 at 13:17

    I love blasting Lecrae in my room! It’s awesome that he makes godly music that still has an awesome beat and a great sound! Woohoo Lecrae!

  23. Project Inspired

    Posted by RachelMarie on November 19, 2011 at 10:08

    I normally don’t like rap, but I love Lecrae 🙂
    i also dont like to follow a lot of artists on Twitter, but i Lecrae always tweets the most inspirational, encouraging things

  24. Paris

    Posted by Paris on November 19, 2011 at 08:34

    I loved Lecrae since before this article,now I love him even more. Kids today say it’s all about the rap music,now here is a CLEAN rapper they can relate to and still be cool!

  25. Posted by on November 19, 2011 at 02:57

    i like the songs and i’m already a christian it is a big motivation having Christ in ur life!!

  26. Posted by on November 18, 2011 at 19:08

    He is an amazing inspiring artist that I think we should look up too because his music has so much power and you really know what is behind the music he sings. You can also note that he is influenced by the Holy Spirit and God. That makes me truly happy because not so many artists allow the Holy Spirit and God to do this.

  27. Posted by on November 18, 2011 at 18:53

    I LOVE Lecrae!! One of my fave artists ever! :)) Ya’ll should check out Shonlock and Tobymac.

  28. iceepurple4u2

    Posted by iceepurple4u2 on November 18, 2011 at 18:39

    Yeah! I saw him and jamie grace in concert when they came to my hometown! i love all his songs! my faves are ” not gonna waste my life”,”background”, and ” jesus muzik”

  29. Posted by on November 18, 2011 at 18:26

    Lecrae is soooo cool!!! I really like his songs “Wait”, “Like That” and Cash or Chrits?”. Another supperr awesome rapper is Trip Lee. Look him up on Youtube. I LOVE his songs “Intimacy”, “searching for Love” and “Superstar”. Every one should check these guys out. Their music is bumpin’ hot with a powerfully spiritual message.
    Here’s a sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB9to5F525o

  30. Posted by on November 18, 2011 at 17:54

    My friend and I love to listen to Lecrae in math class! Normally I hate rap… but when I get a car, I will be blasting that as I drive around town like the coolest, most blessed gangster ever to live 😉 hehehehe!

  31. Posted by on November 18, 2011 at 17:46

    Saw him live last summer… AMAZING! He is truly inspiring.

  32. Project Inspired

    Posted by Bekah on November 18, 2011 at 17:26

    I LOVE Lecrae!!!! I’ve been listening to him for a while and I just LOVE him! 😀

  33. Posted by on November 18, 2011 at 16:42

    yeah… he is pretty freaking awesome! speaks about god and love. i like his song unashamed. also listen to flame and trip lee if you like lacrae

  34. Project Inspired

    Posted by Countrygirl212 on November 18, 2011 at 16:38


  35. Posted by on November 18, 2011 at 16:09

    Normally, I’m not a huge fan of rap.. BUT I LOOOVE LECRAE!!!

  36. Project Inspired

    Posted by girlygirl1234 on November 18, 2011 at 16:04

    Awesome! You should also check out shonlock! He is an amazing Christian rapper and my favorite song by him is “I see something in your eyes”. [=

    • Posted by on November 18, 2011 at 19:02

      Shonlock is incredible!!!

      • Posted by on November 18, 2011 at 19:07

        and so is Lecrea!!!

  37. Posted by on October 30, 2011 at 21:20

    Dude!! I am a musician for going on 7 years of piano. And I can honestly say that I HATE rap. But! Lecrea makes rap awesome.!!! I have his song, “Don’t Wanna Waste My Life” and I love it:) I got to see him perform it live at Acquire the Fire too! Best rapper everr.!:)

    • Posted by on November 19, 2011 at 02:59

      my advice to u is to check the lyrics not the way the rapper says it