Trip Lee Finds Inspiration In Malcolm Gladwell, C. S. Lewis, and Jay-Z

(PHOTO: NATHAN MITCHELL) Trip Lee.
(PHOTO: NATHAN MITCHELL)
Trip Lee.

Rapper Trip Lee, born William Lee Barefield III, seems to have many things going on — a new book, a top-charting album, and a new church he’s helping to plant in Atlanta. Yet, the married father of two insists he’s a pretty boring guy.

Lee’s also kicking of a tour at the end of January for his fifth and latest LP, Rise, which debuted Oct. 27 at No. 2 on Billboard’s Rap Albums chart and No. 1 on the Gospel Albums chart, in addition to charting strong in other categories.

His new and second book, Rise: Get Up and Live in God’s Great Story, is slated for a Jan. 27 release, but has already broken into the top-30 of a few categories on Amazon. Rise, the follow-up to his premiere title The Good Life (also tied to his fourth LP of the same name), is essentially meant to inspire youth to seize the day.

The Christian Post, talking to Lee on Jan. 14 via phone on occasion of his new book, asked the 27-year-old recording artist if there was anything that he’s really horrible, or secretly great at that his fans might not already know about. Like, does he kill plants?

“I’m not good at very many things,” Lee admitted. “The stuff I’m good at tends to be the stuff that people know me for.”

He added, after a chuckle, “I was bad at keeping my lawn alive in D.C. It died pretty quickly.”

And while he certainly might be an aficionado in basketball, it appears to be for all the wrong reasons.

“I’m very good at watching basketball and wearing basketball shoes,” Lee told CP. He did admit that he’s a pretty good shooter — if “nobody’s guarding me.”

“I’m kind of a boring person,” he finally settled. “People think I get to travel the world and I rap or whatever, but I’m pretty boring. My life is pretty crazy enough, and when I’m not on the road or doing something, I’m kind of boring. I don’t’ really have lots of hobbies. I like to read and hang out with my family. I’m a pretty boring person beyond that.”

Lee is a pastor at Cornerstone Church in Atlanta, the homebase of his record label, Reach Records, partly headed up by fellow Atlantan and rapper Lecrae. He moved at the end of December from Washington, D.C., where he served at the Mark Dever-led Capitol Hill Baptist Church, to help launch Cornerstone.

In addition to trying to get Lee to reveal any previously undisclosed secret achievements or ambitions, CP asked the award-winning rapper to name some people he admires (Jay-Z is one); to share what kind of music he’s listening to nowadays (J. Cole); and for his thoughts on what he believes some churches in America are getting all wrong.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Nicola Menzie