For the first time ever, a Christian artist, Lecrae, sat atop both the Gospel Albums chart and the Billboard 200 at the same time.
Lecrae, a self-proclaimed Christian, is a leading voice amongst Christian artists in today’s popular culture, and according to his bio, he has “released six bestselling albums and two mixtapes, won a Grammy award in the process and landed a global distribution deal with Red Distribution/Sony Music for the record label he co-owns, Reach Records.”
Lecrae says, “People struggle with categories. Categories make us feel comfortable because it’s how we make sense of things in our minds," "Sometimes, there's transcendence."
Lecrae’s view is a theme that runs throughout his latest top-chart hit, Anomaly | The Definition:
An anomaly is something that doesn’t quite fit.
It’s something that deviates from what’s normal or expected.
My whole life I’ve been in an environment where I didn’t quite belong.
I became a Christian in an urban environment and existed in a conservative, predominantly white, suburban Christian sphere, and I’m part of hip-hop culture.
But, yet, I don’t quite belong there either, because my set of values and set of core beliefs fly in the face of what a lot of hip-hop resonates with.
I’m not misogynistic.
I value education.
I don’t wanna glorify drug culture, and that makes me an anomaly.
Being a young black man, who loves hip-hop and the culture of hip-hop, and yet, loves Jesus at the same time, makes me an anomaly.
See, I don’t necessarily belong to any particular culture.
Am I, completely hip-hop? No.
Am I completely conservative evangelical? No.
Am I 100 percent urban? No.
Am I 100 percent suburban? No, but what culture do I belong to?
I’m transcending. I’m transcultural. I don’t fit into anything.
Hip-hop didn’t quite count on a Jesus-loving, moral, upright, guy, and Christianity didn’t quite count on this urban, hip-hop-loving, dude.
I’m okay with not being normal and not trying to be what everyone else thinks I should be.
I think success is being exactly what God called us to be and fighting to your death to live that out, and if that makes me an anomaly, so be it.
The system didn’t plan for this.
Clearly, Lecrae transcends that which may have been expected of your average “urban, hip-hop-loving, dude,” and it is plain to see, given his latest success, that many are okay with, and possibly even excited about, the fact that Lecrae is a “Jesus-loving, moral, upright, guy.”