Hip-hop artist Lecrae recently made an appearance on the controversial Bad Christian podcast where he opened up about the disappointment he felt and the backlash he received for condemning white evangelicals.
On the podcast, the Reach Records founder said he was alienated for taking a stand on social and political issues. The interview delve into Lecrae’s past comments about the Church and white evangelicals. “I was forced to [speak abrasively to white evangelicals] because no one would listen to me when I was trying to be reasonable,” the 38 year old said. “They unfollowed me, they blocked me, they stopped buying my projects. They told me I was being divisive and to shut my mouth,” the rapper revealed to Bad Christian.
In 2015, Lecrae’s Anomaly surprised the world with its recording-breaking first week sales of 88,000 units sold, not including streaming. But he saw a dramatic difference this year, as his album, All Things Work Together, fell short in comparison.
According to Hits Daily Double, Lecrae’s newest record, which was released by both Reach Records and Columbia Records, only sold between 20,000 and 23,000 units. In his recent interview, the native Texan said the 50,000 first week sales dive from record to record was definitely a result of his comments on racial issues, police, and white evangelicals.
“I didn’t count the cost, really. I was like whatever, it needs to be said. You don’t know until you go. And I went, and the river dries up quick,” he said.
“When God’s hand is on you there’s nothing anybody can do to stop that. I’m not afraid of people, I’m afraid of not doing what God created me to do. I’m going to do it regardless of the cost. So yeah, it was a cost,” Lecrae admitted.
He said he used to be on the speaker circuit for brown evangelicals and now he’s not getting any calls to speak at conferences or churches either.
“I know where my bills get paid from and that’s God! “People said to me — which enraged [me] further and made me go harder — they said, ‘You know we made you.’
“I’d rather go work at Home Depot than let you think that you made me,” he said. “God made me.”
Lecrae ended the interview by revealing that not all of his white supporters turned their backs on him. He ultimately hopes that his fan based can except the “full Gospel” and not just a pretty picture.
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Source: Christian Post