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“It was mission accomplished for me man,” says Lecrae of his critically acclaimed mixtape, Church Clothes. “It was well received…way more incredible responses than I imagined.”

The Christian rapper and Texas native has been smashing the “God-fearing MCs have suspect rhyme skills” stereotype for years and last month’s mixtape managed to bring him more attention from secular rap listeners. Sharp beats (9th Wonder) and choice guests (No Malice of the Clipse) also helped his caue. Speaking to Hip-Hop Wired, Lecrae reveals one of the project’s goals was breaking him out of any narrow Hip-Hop micro-categories. 

“I think if you want to impact Hip-Hop as a whole and have a voice within it as a whole, you can’t have your own little niche, your own little thing that you doing while everything else is happening over here,” explains Lecrae. “You gotta say, ‘Man I want to be a part of what’s happening,’ and that’s really what I’ve been trying to do.”

Actually, Lecrae’s niche, fresh rhymes over dope beats, is not a bad corner to be in. Watch the clip below.


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