“If you live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejection” – Lecrae Moore
So, the BET awards has come and gone. But obviously lots of people are not happy about the outcome of the award show (and I’m in no way making any reference to Nicki’s fans).
It is disturbing that Lecrae taking home the Best Gospel/Inspirational award has generated a lot of fuss in the Christian Community. It is even more disturbing coming from some big names in the Gospel Music industry like Bishop Hezekiah Walker and Deitrick Haddon.
In an Instagram post, Bishop Walker wrote:
“It’s ok not to be a true gospel artist but if NOT don’t receive the AWARD give it to those who are.”
Haddon reposted Walker’s post and added:
“Hahz, Twyse, Da’T.R.U.T.H thank you for staying true to the Gospel as a Gospel Rapper. #BETAWARDS “
Haddon’s wife also added to Walker’s post.
“We can’t use the vehicle of Gospel to take us to our destination then act like the vehicle didn’t get you there because it isn’t cool or popular,” wrote Dominique Haddon, Deitrick Haddon’s wife.
The one that caught my attention out of all these comments is Dominique Haddon’s comment, and I’ll like to discuss it.
Now, anyone that knows Lecrae and has been following him closely will know Lecrae is pretty outspoken about his faith. The only problem is he has made it clear that he doesn’t want the label ‘Christian Rapper’ placed on him.
He made this clear in the first verse of his song “Co-Sign” off his 2012 Mixtape “Church Clothes” when he rapped:
“…I’m not a Gospel Rapper, not a holy roller
I’m just a product of grace, spreading hope to the hopeless.”
“I am a Christian. I am a Rapper. But Christian is my faith not my genre,” he Tweeted in 2013 in response to a fan who asked if he considered himself a ‘Christian Rapper’.
Also, earlier this year on the WADE-O radio show, Lecrae said
“I believe some people make music for the Church, and some people make music from the Church to the world. For me, I don’t want to be exclusively for the Church.”
But then, I’m certain that what bothers most people in the Christian community is his recent collaboration with Ty Dolla Sign on his song “Blessings”.
But anyone who has really listened to the song will confess that it is a really cool song. The lyrics are clean and the vibe is great. Moreso, coming from grateful hearts to God.
But this isn’t even Lecrae’s first collaboration with a secular artist neither is it his last.
He featured Big K.R.I.T on “Mayday” off his September 4, 2012 album “Gravity” and also in June this year, he released a follow up to “Blessings”, a song titled “I’ll find you” featuring California based singer – songwriter Tori Kelly.
One may then ask, is Lecrae the only artist to come under fire for his works with secular acts? The answer is NO!
Mali Music also faced serious criticism for collaborating with the ‘Trap Lord’ ASAP Ferg on the Remix of the song “Beautiful” off his June, 2014 album “Mali Is…”
Also, Kirk Franklin came under fire when a picture of him and Kanye West surfaced on Instagram on January 29, 2016 and when he appeared on Kanye’s song “Ultralight Beams” in February, 2016. His later collaboration with Pharell Williams on the remix of the song “123 Victory” off his 2015 album “Losing My Religion” also didn’t go down well with most people in the Christian community.
But the question to be asked is, does working with secular acts and refusing to be called a ‘Christian Rapper’ necessarily means Lecrae is becoming ashamed of the Gospel, as suggested by Dominique Haddon’s comment?
Well, for an answer, I’ll refer you to Lecrae’s first book released in May, 2016 titled “Unashamed”. Read it and draw conclusions for yourself!
You can download the Book “UNASHAMED” HERE.
Meanwhile, we await your comments.