Big Rap Moments of 2012: Lecrae Tops Billboard Charts With Christian LP, ‘Gravity’
Lecrae's rhymes may be holier than his mainstream hip-hop counterparts, but in no way have listeners marginalized him. While continuing to dedicate his craft to spreading the gospel of Christianity, the rapper had a great run this year, not only with Christian rap fans, but with fans across the board. First Lecrae dropped his 'Church Clothes' mixtape in March, which was downloaded over 400,000 times, propelling interest in his music to new levels, as he was featured in a continuum of mainstream hip-hop publications that praised the project.
Once Lecrae released his sixth studio album, 'Gravity,' in September, it landed at the top of several Billboard charts including Christian, Independent and Rap. On the LP, Big K.R.I.T. was featured on the track 'Mayday,' further proving that popular artists are supporting his movement. He's even been in talks to collaborate with Kendrick Lamar and Lupe Fiasco. Overall, Lecrae believes if rappers can rhyme about money, trappin' and strippers, surely there's some room to rap about God's message on life. Along with great lyrics, beats and flow, he's not compromising that.