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For months, Lecrae has been adamant about not being labeled a Christian rapper. Now, he is revealing that he believes Christians, as a whole, are stereotyped.

“For a lot of people, groups, Christians included, issues are homogenized and so to be a Christian I’m either this staunch conservative Republican or I’m this tree hugging liberal,” Lecrae told CNN last week. “You’re stereotyped. It’s almost assumed that people know what your issues are going to be.

The 35-year-old Christian rap artist who was the first to simultaneously top both the Billboard gospel music charts and the Billboard 200 with his 2014 album Anomaly, has been involved in the Black Lives Matter movement. Although he took part in the Ferguson, Missouri, protests after Michael Brown, who had committed a strong-arm robbery was shot and killed by a white police officer in 2014, Lecrae admits that he has received flack for it.

“It’s unfortunate that myself, as a black man, cannot care about the issues that impact the black community without being seeing as a race-baiter or without being seen as someone who doesn’t care about any other ethnic groups,” Lecrae told CNN.

“A Christian is noun. A Christian is a person. I function, I live life as a Christian and me living life as a Christian doesn’t mean I’m a sanitized person,” Lecrae, head of the Reach Records label, told CNN. “It means that I readily admit I’m a jacked up person and I need a Savior.”

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