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Trip Lee, an award-winning MC, author and speaker, embraces the uniqueness of being a “pastor-rapper,” but he has some frustrations with a hypocritical hip-hop industry as well as with Christians who kick against his particular brand of artistic and cultural expression.

Lee’s dual career path is a contrast in many ways to that of another popular rapper and pastor, Mason “Ma$e” Betha. Betha has swung between putting in time at the pulpit and laying out tracks in the studio, leaving some fans and observers confused with the apparent inconsistencies.

Lee, 26, told CP he has never felt any serious tension between his love for rapping and his call to ministry.

But, according to at least one of Lee’s close friends, the MC’s chosen vocations of rapping and pastoring might keep him from making headway in the mainstream industry, similar to how Lecrae has in recent weeks. The Reach Records headliner and founder appeared on “The Tonight Show” after a historic album debut that saw his Anomaly LP sit atop the coveted Billboard 200 as the nation’s No. 1 album.

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