This article is from Issue 49

Lecrae may be one of Christian hip-hop’s most vocal and visible rappers, but the beginnings of his story sound like a stereotype. “I didn’t have a father figure growing up, I don’t know who my biological father is, I idolized gangs, so on and so forth,” he says. “[But] the end of my story isn’t that I pulled myself up on my own boot straps, which is a lot of people’s stories, or that it’s just terrible for me. The end of my story is much different, and I try to invite people in that world.”