For the typical music fan, Lecrae’s hard demeanor and crunk beats might belie what his lyrics are really about, his adoration of Jesus Christ. The main tenet influencing his mission and music is taken from Romans 1:16 of the Bible, ”For I am not ashamed of the gospel.” The message of his music has attracted everyone from the kid in his basement making beats to the editors of some of the biggest publications in the world.
Although he was born on Houston’s south side, Lecrae grew up in Denver, Colorado, and San Diego, California. It was at the age of 19 that he decided to give his life to Christ. Using conventional methods to spread the Gospel, he has worked for ministerial services, including his presidency of ReachLife Ministries, conducting Bible studies and many other projects.
However, Lecrae’s success has come from his up-and-coming Christian rap career. In 2005, on Reach Records, he released his debut album, Real Talk. The following year, Lecrae dropped the acclaimed After the Music Stops in July. It debuted at number one on the Christian Music Trade Association’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart and peaked at number five on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart.