Reach Records founder and influential Grammy Award-winning emcee Lecrae says he’s entered a new season of music and growth in his faith.
Lecrae and Reach Records artists Andy Mineo, Tedashii, Trip Lee, KB, GAWVI, 1K Phew, and WHATUPRG have been out on the Unashamed 2019 tour together for the first time in five years. The artists’ aim for the tour is to provide hope in Christ to attendees amid a cultural climate riddled with doubt and anxiety.
Lecrae is a trailblazer in Christian hip-hop and paved a path for himself into the mainstream market. But with success came a lot of public criticism, disenchantment, and a bout with depression.
Below is an edited transcript of The Christian Post’s interview with Lecrae during the Unashamed tour stop in Florida last month where the rapper opened up about his battle with depression and disappointment, and his highly anticipated new album.
CP: How’s it been on the road for the Unashamed tour with the 116 fellas?
Lecrae: Phenomenal. It’s been five years since we all got together to do this. Everyone’s careers have just exploded since then and we added new artists, Gawvi and RG and Phew. So it’s just kind of like this huge, a bigger thing now, but it’s been crazy.
CP: You recently spoke about a difficult season you had following racial tensions in parts of the U.S. [specifically after the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in which the U.S. Department of Justice under then President Obama found the police officer’s actions that led to the teen’s death were justified] and dismay over how some of your peers in the contemporary Christian industry responded. Have you found understanding?
Lecrae: I think this tour is part of that understanding, the tour is a huge piece of just understanding that we have and had something special. Whether or not you’re accepted by any particular groups or crowds, you know what God has put on your heart, and you know what you’re supposed to do and the mission that you have. A lot of that has come out where it’s kind of like, “OK, well, let’s do what we do best. Let’s create what we know how to create.”
The other piece of it is, something always has to die. A seed has to die in the ground in order to grow and become something new. There was just a part of me that just had to die to understand who God was making me into and who I’m becoming now. So I’m in that season of just regrowth and rebirth.
CP: What advice would you give to others in need of inner healing when facing a difficult season?
Lecrae: One thing I think everybody has to know, especially believers, is that God doesn’t waste pain. He says clearly, “all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”
So He’s going to do something with the pain that you’re experiencing. Something that’s going to be beneficial, is going to be for your good. It’s not that He’s purposed your pain, so to speak. He’s not like, “Oh, man, yeah, I wanted this to happen to you.” But He’s not shocked. He’s not like, “Oh, man, I don’t know what I’m gonna do about your situation.”
In Jeremiah 29:11, He’s talking to these exiles. And he’s saying, “Listen, I know it’s ugly. I know, you’re in a dark place. But I know the plans I have for you.” So you may not know the plans, you may not know what’s going on, but God does and He works well in the dark when you’re in the dark. He’s getting busy, so don’t worry.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law