Who is Lecrae? Lecrae is a Grammy-award winning rapper and a Christian, whose latest album, Anomaly, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 88,000 copies its first week. Anomaly, which is Lecrae’s seventh studio album, was released through Reach Records, a music label that he co-founded.
Lecrae seeks to redefine mainstream popular culture through positive and responsible music. Lecrae doesn’t only talk about God, but “gives messages of hope and inspiration”. Lecrae raps about fatherlessness, incarceration, poverty, domestic violence, modern injustices, sex trafficking, the neglect of veterans in America, and the value of life, truth and marriage, amongst other issues that the music culture hardly ever addresses. The Rolling Stones says in their review of Anomaly, “He may not swear, but Anomaly is as hard-hitting as any rap record out right now.”
The Harms of Politically Correctness
In his song Outsiders from Anomaly, Lecrae talks about being fearless and unashamed of living out what we are supposed to be, which is the life where we can speak about social issues, our beliefs, and values without having to sacrifice our conscience or keep quiet to please others or our culture. For Lecrae, it is better to be an outsider than to fit in a culture where you don’t have a voice of your own.
The politically correct view of society is one analogous to a puppet world – people do not have the freedom to be who they want to be, speak what they want to speak, and think how they want to think. As rational and moral human beings, we are naturally inclined to seek truth, but in a politically correct society, such a basic human good is taken hostage by a narrative that masquerades itself as “tolerance”. In reality, political correctness actually results in anti-intellectualism because not only does such a paradigm supply a warrant to target dissenting voices of accepted cultural issues, such as same-sex marriage, but also shuts down all sorts of diverse and critical ideas and views.
The Value of Positive and Responsible Music
Lecrae’s music matters because he brings a different framework to the rap and hip-hop culture. Life is not always full of color and happiness, contrary to what many contemporary artists rap about. A lot of contemporary rap/hip-hop music objectifies women, extols the use of drugs, and promotes a hedonistic lifestyle. A lot of young people need words of inspiration, motivation, grace, encouragement, and hope. How can a teenager be edified by listening to “Oh my God, oh my God If I die, I’m a legend“, which is the hook of Drake’s first song, Legend, from his recent mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late who also took No. 1 on the Billboard 200 early this year?
Unlike his contemporaries, Lecrae’s music values women, extols the virtue of faithfulness, integrity, love, and patience, — this is all too evident in his song Special, a song that shares how marriage looks like. New H20 says, “Drake says he wants his girl to look 30 when she’s 81. Lecrae says he can’t wait to date his wife when she’s 60. See the difference there?”
Many young people grow up in single parent households. According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, “24 million children in America — one out of every three — live in biological father-absent homes.” What teenagers from fatherless homes need is music that will build and sharpen their character, thinking and lives, not junk, and unrealistic music that corrupts their character. There’s a lot of music that masquerades the existential struggles of humanity and paints a life that does not exist. We don’t need more of it, we need more music like Lecrae’s music — we need more positive and responsible music, after all, words have the power to make the fibers of humanity shake.