Christian rapper Lecrae, who was recently featured in the Show & Prove Column of the July/ August 2011 issue of XXL (Lil Wayne Cover) has been confirmed to appear on the upcoming BET Hip Hop Awards. The awards show is set to air Tuesday, October 11, 2011 and will be once again hosted by Mike Epps, back by popular demand! BET Hip Hop Awards will feature its infamous Cypha (a round robin freestyle exhibition featuring artists representing various geographic locations, styles and persona) with Lecrae set to join the likes of Estelle, Saprano and Nitty Scott.
Further his efforts to bring the Kingdom to the Industry, this is a good look in addition to being great exposure for Christian Hip Hop (HHH) as well as Christians in general. All too often Christians may argue that Christians don’t have a place in secular events and environments such as these, in reality this is exactly the place that many are called to but are afraid to share the gospel. Compound that with the fact that Christian Hip Hop is a niche genre that has grown in exposure to the point that clearly even channels such as BET cannot deny its place in the larger Hip Hop arena, providing artist such as Lecrae a platform to not only showcase their obvious God-given talent but also their passion to use it to witness on a global scale. Meeting people where they are, taking the Word to the highways and the biways.
This is also in addition to Lecrae’s recent appearance on the hit show Sunday Best, hosted by Kirk Franklin. Joined by Andy Mineo to perform the hit “Background” from his album Rehab, Lecrae helped usher in the Spirit for the season four finale of the contest show that crowned singer Amber Bullock its winner. Again, another opportunity for Christian Hip Hop share the message and Christians as a whole to express their diversity.
Lecrae is currently signed to Reach Records and lives with his wife and children in Atlanta, GA where they serve as worship leaders at Bluprint Church. His hit single ‘Background’ featuring C – Lite was also featured on WOW Gospel 2011, the first hip hop track to be included in the popular gospel compilation series!
Photo of Lecrae courtesy of Reach Records http://www.reachrecords.com