Lecrae Responds to His Critics… Again.

Lecrae Moore is the first rapper to win a Grammy for the Best Gospel Album of the Year, but not every Christian is celebrating. Perhaps the confusion in the audience at the Grammy Award ceremony as his win was announced was an allusion to a deeper tension among Christians at the time. Lecrae was outside the venue when his name was called out, and he therefore didn’t make it to give his acceptance speech. Not only did most people in the audience wonder who Lecrae is, but many never even got to find out!

church Clothes 2 Cover
Church Clothes 2

Anyway, the award was for the album “Gravity”, and that’s not even where the controversy is. I am talking about Church Clothes 1. The rapper got his fans and critics into a frenzy when he collaborated with a “secular” DJ Don Cannon. The predictable accusations of “compromising” his witness and playing to the “worldly” gallery gushed without restraint. The song “Church Clothes” was however the bane of Lecrae’s fans. In the song, Lecrae went hard against the rampant hypocrisy in the church. This is not news. But the problem is that Lecrae’s approach was so harsh, to the point of seeming as if he wasn’t part of the church he was bashing:

 I walked in the church wit a snapback, And they tellin’ me that that’s a “no-no”?

That’s backwards, and I lack words, For these actors called pastors

All these folks is hypocrites, And that’s why I ain’t at church

Truthfully I’m just doin’ me.

But Lecrae got himself out of this one by explaining the context of the song, that he was placing himself in the shoes of an unbeliever (an outsider) looking into the church. That’s all.

Or is it? Church Clothes 2 (the Mixtape) was released last Thursday (07 November, 2013) and it would seem that Lecrae wasn’t quite done with the controversy. In the song “Believe”, he makes some very bold proclamations about his uniqueness (such as the fact that he is not Kirk Franklin), his complexity (“I’m an algorithm”), his mission, and the fact that he doesn’t call his, gospel music:

Most of the things I thought I’d never do I did though

And I ain’t nothing but a man standing up on his tiptoes

Shoutout to Kirk Franklin, but I ain’t him

I’m what happens when hip-hop lets all the Saints in

I wouldn’t call it gospel music, but I’m Christian though

And this what happen when a Christian flow

Now it’s funny cause I don’t really got a home

And this industry saying leave him alone

Unless he become a clone

Have me singing the same old songs, no power in ’em

But I’m too hard to understand, I’m an algorithm

And evidently it’s evidence I’m a resident

Of somewhere that you know that you oughta be but you never been

So try to get used to me, cause I’mma settle in

Reminding you to settle your heavenly settlement

A sight for sore eyes, or an eyesore, it don’t matter

I own a label, and guess what, I’mma sign more

Essentially, Lecrae is gonna do Lecrae, and we better get used to it… I mean, him. What do you think of this latest development in the rapper’s career? Some have called what he is doing a “trajectory”, but whether it is a trajectory from the right path or towards it is up for debate. One thing is evident though. The rapper seems to have earned and secured his place in the hearts of many hip hop lovers (believers and unbelievers alike).

In his defense of the approach he took in Church Clothes 1, Lecrae said in an interview with The Source; “just because you’re inconsistent doesn’t mean the Truth isn’t the Truth.” Which may lead many to wonder, would he classify himself among the inconsistent?

Enjoy the free Church Clothes 2 Mixtape. I can promise you it’s better than the first… I think.


One thought on “Lecrae Responds to His Critics… Again.

  1. Church Clothes 1 was better than 2. IMHO 😀

    I think his new album Anomaly is an honest look on who Lecrae is… or has become.

    *6 years late comment

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