Last year during Lecrae’s “Unashamed Tour,” I had the honor and privilege of interviewing Lecrae (see the video interview here), Trip Lee, Andy Mineo, Tedashii and many other 116 Clique members backstage. Since we’re now doing Q&A with artists, I thought I would back up and share some of the other insightful messages Lecrae revealed before his tour in Los Angeles.
Lecrae won a Grammy in 2013 for his 2012 album Gravity, one of my favorite albums that he has released. The album had such depth, wisdom and revelation, and demonstrated so much talent that it was noticed by the Recording Academy.
When I met Lecrae at the Hollywood Palladium during his tour, he discussed “deconstructing lies” with the truth (God’s standard) and talked about how the truth is absolute, and how living by this standard develops character and “doesn’t return void.” He explained that when we live in a way that represents truth, “it takes root in people’s hearts.” That what we speak matters.
This is what sets him apart from other hip-hop artists, in my opinion: his ability to communicate in a powerful and creative way. Lecrae is not only a dynamic lyricist, but also theologically deep, with much insight on life and how to navigate this journey of faith. For those who may not like hip-hop or rap, try Lecrae and he just might surprise you.
A fellow interviewer, Egypt McGee, asked Lecrae about how to live out our faith, and Lecrae said that people tend to follow their “instincts.” People tend to “follow” the culture, but he explained the parallel of how animals get killed by following their “instinct.” What people don’t realize is how truly dangerous it is to just go with the flow, to do what you “feel.” I followed up on this thought about “instinct” and Lecrae explained a powerful analogy of temptation and how the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10)
Christi Given: When you said people follow their instincts and they end up getting in a trap, how do you deal with this personally? Can you speak to the Project Inspired Girls about this? What advice would you give them based off your own experience?
Lecrae: I use the analogy of the way they catch Alaskan wolves. The way they catch Alaskan wolves is they take a knife, they dip it in blood, they let it freeze, they dip it in blood, they let it freeze, then they stick it in the snow. And it just looks like a blood popsicle. The instinct of that wolf is “I smell blood, I smell blood….” He goes and finds that popsicle, he starts to lick it, he ends up licking it till he gets to the blade, and cuts his tongue and he can taste fresh blood, and he ends up killing himself…I think that’s what instinct is. Instinct says, “It feels good,” “It feels right,” and it ends up killing you.
CG: That’s so good!
L: Most of the things that don’t feel good, that don’t seem right, are for our own protection, they’re for our own good. When God says, “Young ladies, here’s how I want you to live, stay away from this, stay away from that”…when God puts older, wiser people in your life…and they say, “Stay away from this or that…” it’s not to put you in a prison. It’s to protect you because you are special, you matter, you were made in God’s image…He wants to preserve who you are.
My encouragement to young ladies in that position is that God wants to preserve you, He values you…and you were made to glorify Him. And that protection is like a Daddy who is taking care of His precious daughter, saying, “Hey, I want to protect you, you matter to me.” So heed that protection….
CG: So true! Yes!
L: If you’ve been trapped or been eaten alive out there, He is still a good Daddy who will bring you home, who will nourish you back to health, who will take care of you, fix your hair, fix your face, nourish your wounds, and will say, “You are just as beautiful as you were!”
CG: Sweet! Love it…I also thought of the scripture “Many ways SEEM right to man, but in the end, it leads to death.” So it could seem right. (Proverbs 14:12)
Another journalist asked about Lecrae’s song “Confessions” and about Hollywood. Lecrae talked about the smoke and mirrors of Hollywood and how it can be empty, which is why a lot of stars end up on drugs and/or end up on a destructive path. I love that he talked about how only Jesus satisfies.
L: There is no satisfaction under the sun. The only satisfaction is found through the Son.
CG: I wanted to ask you some fun questions about your tour. What are the most amazing things you’ve seen God do?
L: Outside of transforming people’s lives, outside, really OUR lives are being transformed… Division is one of the things I think Satan wants to do. Instead of us being divided, we are being drawn closer together.
CG: Have there been any embarrassing moments on tour?
L: Andy [Mineo] and I skateboard a little bit and we’ve taken some serious dives.
[Image: (tleft) Christi Given rocking out at Tedashii; (right) Lecrae performing and worshipping at Hollywood Palladium – Courtesy of Christi Given]
PI Girls, are you fans of Lecrae? Would you like a Q&A from Andy Mineo or some of the other 116 guys? Comment below!