I can’t read any Christian hip-hop blogs without hearing about Lecrae. I love Lecrae, don’t get me wrong, but we have made him out to be the savior of Christian hip-hop. It is a lot of responsibility; at least in the mainstream you not only have Jay-Z, but you have Kanye West, and Lil’ Wayne, and T.I., and Wale, and Rick Ross, too many big artists to count. Christian hip-hop is the same way, but to hear the Christian press tell it, all of the focus should be on Lecrae.
The resurgence of Christian hip-hop is not the civil rights movement where you have to choose between Martin Luther King Jr. or Malcom X. There are entirely too many Christian hip-hop artists to count. If you know anything about mainstream music, you know that for every artist that breaks through the mainstream there are like 500 in the woodwork that could become the next great thing, and it is no different with Christian hip-hop.
We not only want Lecrae to legitimize Christian hip-hop in the mainstream, we want him to convert mainstream hip-hop artists over to Christian hip-hop. Our high expectations of Lecrae may never be met, and we should stop worshiping him and allow him to be the servant that he is called to be, and spread the message of Christ to the world.
Christian hip-hop is a great thing, but I’m not catching the Holy Spirit when I listen to it, I’m not speaking in tongues in most cases I’m not even worshiping God. Rather, the lyrics penetrate my consciousness and make it a lot easier for me to keep my mind on God. Christian hip-hop has a subtle appeal to it that continues long after the music has been turned off. Christian hip-hop does the same thing that secular hip-hop does; you won’t be provoked to action at that time, but it will change your life if you live your life accordingly.
We need to allow this art form to mature and get out of the late nineties acting as though Lecrae is the Christian Tupac Shakur and start listening to other artists for a change. People are acting as though you have to be for or against Lecrae; when I was into secular hip-hop I loved Tupac and Biggie. Then once that was over with I liked Jay-Z and Nas. If the music is good, and Lecrae continues to talk about Christ, then it will speak for itself. But don’t act as though Christian hip-hop should be above reproach and we just have to accept everything because an artist was known to stand for God; if you see artists doing anything that is contrary to the spirit of God call them out just the same as you would when you were in the world listening to secular music. So far Lecrae hasn’t done anything to put me in a position where I feel that I need to make that choice or cross that bridge, I trust that won’t be the case because if the media has anything to do with it anything contrary to his core message would be career suicide …