Music that’s filed under the Christian genre often has a hard time finding mainstream success. It’s possible to make a living as a Christian musician, and that market is actually surprisingly large (and musically diverse), but owning that title can be both a blessing and a curse for those with their sights set towards the top of the charts. Very few Christian acts, be they rock, pop, electronic or hip-hop in nature, make a noticeable impression in the minds of the masses, and in recent memory, only a single act has climbed all the way to No. 1.
Christian rapper Lecrae is perhaps the most successful artist releasing music aimed towards the religious music lover, though his art doesn’t always reflect his beliefs. He topped the Billboard 200 back in 2014 with his album Anomaly, and ever since then he’s been touring relentlessly and working hard at following it up with something even larger. Now that he’s proven himself in the Christian music world, he’s looking for crossover success, and with new singles featuring familiar names like Ty Dolla Sign and Tori Kelly, he might be on his way to top 40 status.
I met with Lecrae recently, and we spoke at length about his aspirations, balancing his time between acting and music and how the term “Christian” isn’t always a godsend.