Gospel rapper Lecrae's new album is solid

By AP's Jonathan Landrum Jr.

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[September 05, 2012]  LONDON (AP) -- Lecrae, "Gravity" (Reach Records)

Christian rapper Lecrae doesn't fit the typical mold of a gospel artist. His arms are covered with tattoos, he normally sports his hats tilted to the side and often wears slightly sagging pants.

Don't let that be a distraction. The Houston native is a true talent with a unique ability to deliver thought-provoking messages on life without sounding like a Bible-thumping preacher. His rap approach has earned him praise by many in hip-hop, from veteran rapper Bun B to Lupe Fiasco.

On his sixth album "Gravity," Lecrae delivers a strong piece of work. He's not afraid to rap about his past mistakes, supplying inspirational rhymes filled with Christian values backed by well-produced secular hip-hop beats.

One of the best songs on the 15-track album is the DJ Khalil-produced "Mayday," featuring rapper Big K.R.I.T. and 2011 American Idol contestant Ashthon Jones. Big K.R.I.T. is impressive on the soulful song, and Lecrae insightfully raps with substance: "Now I found true religion and it's not inside no denim/and the overpriced shades will never give you vision."

Lecrae attempts to educate about the pitfalls of street life on the high-energy "Violence." On "Confe$$ions," he raps that having an abundant amount of money doesn't always equal happiness.

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Other standout tracks are "Free From It All," featuring Mathai, "Walk With Me," with Novel, and "Tell the World," including Mali Music.

CHECK OUT THIS TRACK: "Lucky Ones," featuring Rudy Currence, is a piano-driven song where Lecrae raps about being fortunate to receive a second chance in life through faith.

[Associated Press; By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr.]

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