Hip-hop star Lecrae gave a powerful performance at the BET Awards that aired last night. In the minute-long freestyle, Lecrae addressed racial injustice, America’s troubled history and his own faith. With lines like “They telling us, 'Make America great again' / I'm like, 'Hold up, when was America great again?” and “We was taken from Africa, sold and treated like animals, culturally denigrated and separated from families, but somehow we made it this far and stood firm”

You can watch it below. Discuss

Well, this is awkward. Hip-hop star Lecrae and activist Christine Caine both have new books out this month. They just happened to have the exact same title and were released within seven days of each other. Even the covers of Unashamed are remarkably similar: Both feature a black and white photo of the books’ authors, with brightly colored lettering over the images.

The books are from two different publishers, so there’s really no way that either of them knew about that other’s title, but it is a funny coincidence. The two are even appearing at the same event later this summer.

But hey, any publicity is good publicity. We featured Lecrae in a cover story a few months ago and Christine Caine before that: They both have incredibly moving and important stories to tell, so if you’re looking for a book called Unashamed to read, you may actually want to just pick up them both. Discuss

There was another musician performing with The Roots last night on The Tonight Show. Hip-hop star Lecrae sat in with the band, rapping between segments. (His appearance starts at the 4:50 mark of this video.) Jimmy Fallon even gave a shout out to his book Unashamed, which recounts his story of overcoming a difficult childhood to find faith and eventually, superstardom in the world of hip-hop. Discuss

UNASHAMED WORLD follows one of the hottest names in hip hop music today, two-time Grammy award winning artist Lecrae. From a tiny garage start-up to becoming a global phenomenon, this film grants unprecedented access to Lecrae and the 116 Clique (Trip Lee, Tedashii, Andy Mineo, Sho Baraka, KB, Derek Minor, and DJ Official) through never-before-seen personal and performance footage. Read More

On this week’s show we speak with Lecrae. He was on the cover of our most recent issue of the magazine, and recently dropped a new album “Church Clothes 3”. Also, we speak with author Lauren Chandler about her new book “Steadfast Love”, and discuss the injustices of this year’s NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Read More

The Lecrae You Don't Know

He’s a Christian icon and one of the biggest names in hip-hop. But you already know that. What you don’t know is the jaw-dropping story of the man behind it all. Read More