Christian LantryChristian artist Lecrae is expanding his music with his single “Blessings,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign — and now he reveals that one of his greatest influences is one of hip hop’s most controversial icons.
“I always say I was raised by Tupac,” Lecrae tells Forbes.com. “Tupac was ‘Hit ‘Em Up’ gangsta, but he also was ‘Dear Mama’ and ‘Keep Your Head Up.’ ‘I’m the “Dear Mama’ side of the coin.”
“Those were always some of his biggest records,” he continues, “And I think there’s a market and a place for people who want to hear those songs, who want to hear those messages.”
Anf for fans who are surprised at his collboration with Ty Dolla $ign, the two-time Grammy award winner says it was natural for him to create music with the Cali rapper.
“I’ve done songs with legends like De La Soul, with Pete Rock. I’ve done songs with B.O.B. I’ve done songs with Big Kit,” says Lecrae. “So, it’s not new for me but I think, as a single, to the world, it’s like, ‘Woah, what is going on here?’ But it feels very normal. It’s normal life for us.”
The 37-year-old artist from Houston is very proud that some of the biggest names in hip-hop are embracing his music.
“When you have legends who want to do music with you and you befriend the Kendrick Lamars and the Chance the Rappers,” he says, “that’s due to you really being authentically hip-hop and not being contemporary Christian.”
Lecrae is currently finishing his eighth studio album which he plans to release this summer.
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