In a recent episode of YouTube series Dead End Hip-Hop, the episode discusses “conscious” hip-hop returning to the mainstream. During the conversation, Lecrae’s name is brought up, but they deem him too Christian for the mainstream.

“Do you ever think Lecrae can kind of be that guy in the mainstream level?” one of the show’s guests asks the panel of speakers on the subject. At this point of the show they are speaking on Kanye West’s unexpected hit single “Jesus Walks.” The song was a smash success despite being all about Jesus.

One of the panel members feels Lecrae is “too Christian” and thinks the only way a Christian emcee can break through the mainstream is if they reach it with another song first. They use Kanye as an example of someone who had a few tracks out already before coming up with “Jesus Walks.” He was already popular, and they feel Lecrae is too established and known as a Christian to be taken seriously and make the jump. “It’s too late for Lecrae, he’s already got that stigma.”

“He can get bigger, but he won’t crossover,” he continued.

Lecrae is a rare breed as he is a combination of Christian and conscious hip-hop. He speaks clearly about a message in his music whether it is the gospel, or something that gets believers and non-believers alike to think about.

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