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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Why You Need Lecrae and Why You Need Bizzle

For those of us who pay attention to or consider ourselves a part of the Christian Hip Hop (CHH) movement, you have more than likely heard the response by Bizzle to Macklemore's "Same Love." Bizzle's been known to make some bold statements, most notably when he took on Jay-Z in the song "You Got Some Explaing To Do", which sort of put Bizzle on the map so to speak. In my eyes, Bizzle is that unbridled warrior who will take on all comers as it pertains to the faith. AND WE NEED THAT!
Then you have Lecrae, who is probably the most influential and widely recongnized artist in Christian Hip Hop. He has crossed boundaries that many of us probably didn't think were possible, though we craved to see the day when it would happen. In my eyes, he is the Jay-Z of christina rap due to his iconic status and broad appeal. He has been positioned to be a bridge to the non-christian hip hop world in order to create conversation and hopefully allow a "seat at the table" in the larger hip hop universe. AND WE NEED THAT!
As an artist myself, I have struggled with finding acceptance in both the CHH and "secular" hip hop communities. I think part of the reason is becasue I really don't fit into either, I'm really a product of the two. What we are witnessing in today's rapidly changing CHH and overall Hip Hop market is a space for artists who are misfits for lack of a better word. I was so excited to see Bizzle and Lecrae on a track together, because it symolized to me unity of two facets/expressions of CHH. Many times, the Christian Hip Hop community has a tendency to attack what we don't understand or agree with. However, the Kingdom movement of Jesus Christ is so much bigger than any of us know and God uses strange methods that do not always fit into our boxes in order to touch human kind. I really hope that Lecrae, Bizzle, and other influential artists of differing points of view (as well as functions in the Body) will continue to come together and create something the broader world has to recognize.

"I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one, as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe that you sent me." -Jesus of Nazereth

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