It’s taken a decade, but this week proved definitively that Christian rapper Lecrae Moore cannot be ignored. His album Anomaly hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts, selling 88,000 copies in its first week, and on Thursday night he performed snippets of his new songs with The Roots on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Moore is no stranger to breaking down barriers between the sacred and the secular, as he collaborates with top hip-hop artists while keeping his faith central in his music. After popping onto mainstream hip-hop’s radar in 2011 at the BET Hip Hop Award’s freestyle cypher, he’s appeared on industry staples like 106 & Park, MTV, and XXL Magazine. But most aren’t completely sure what to make of him—a rapper who speaks hip-hop, but from a distinctly reformed Christian worldview.
And that feeling of being different, a deviation from the norm, is the narrative that spans Moore’s latest album, Anomaly. From the opening song, “Outsiders,” the rapper musically and lyrically proves his point–with melodic strings and vocals dropping off to a beat and Moore’s quick rapping about finding freedom in not fitting in. He’s now found others who are “all unashamed and all unafraid to live out what they supposed to be.” Tracks range from social commentary to love songs to his wife, with “Runners”stressing the importances of fidelity and staying away from temptation. In “Nuthin,” Moore expresses his disappointment in hip-hop music focusing on sex and drugs while lacking substance: “I know these people greater than the songs they created.”
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