Christian rapper Lecrae is making history.

He was the first ever rapper to win a Grammy for Best Gospel Album earlier this year for Gravity, and he believes the recognition has been a long time coming.

“It’s nice to see how gospel and music in general has evolved to the point where I have the ability to make honest music,” Lecrae said. “It was an honor to be recognized by the Grammy foundation.”

Lecrae has eschewed the stereotype of Christian rap being too “preachy.” He’s an legitimate emcee who’s collaborated with the likes of Big K.R.I.T., Bun B, and David Banner. They all hail from states within the Southern Bible Belt. So it’s not surprising that they found common ground.

“We all have a ‘big mamas’ in the church,” Lecrae, a native of Houston Texas, stated about working with more secular artists. “We were raised in it so it’s in our DNA.”

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