The last time I listened to this much hip-hop, was when I got Toby Mac’s ‘Eye on It.’ And before that, it had been a long time since I listened to much rap and hip-hop at all. When I was growing up, I listened to it ALL THE TIME and owned more than 100 Christian rap tapes—yes, tapes—and CDs. I was really into it.
Times change and your tastes broaden, but I still have an ear for good rap. In fact, my wife had suggested I give Lecrae a try several times. Tim Challies digs Lecrae, so she figured I would, too.
And she was right.
Phil Schneider had mentioned Lecrae to me before, and Phil and I have overlapping musical tastes. So with that, my wife’s pressure, and Tim Challies’s praise (I blame this mostly), I threw down my hard earned blogging money on release day. FYI: I don’t usually do crazy stuff like this.
Lecrae — Anomaly
I haven’t heard lyrics and sound this good in a long time (should I be surprised?). In fact, some of this prophetic poetry reminds me of the old school Christian hip-hop I listened to back in the day. Hard hitting, radical (see Biblical) lyrics that make you think and strikes a strong chord of conviction.
In fact, Lecrae addresses his personal experience with molestation, abortion, and touches on several relevant social issues—like segregation, sex trafficking, and privilege. As a missionary, I immediately liked his final track on the album, “Messengers,” a song that you can probably figure out by the title. 😛
Here’s a full playlist for you:
I’ve been listening to this album for several days straight, on repeat, and pull new nuggets of truth out of it every time—along with favorite beats and sounds. I would tell you what my favorite track is, but at this point, I am having a hard time saying which one.
It’s not every day that I land an album whereby I enjoy each and every track this much.
Anomaly is that album.
As of Thursday, Lecrae hit #1 overall on both iTunes and Amazon!
Also, my wife keeps laughing at me saying, “I told you that you would like it!” Yes. Yes she did.
[You’ve just read ChurchMag’s Saturday Morning Review. We hoped you liked it.]
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