MIMS Future Classics

2012/08/25

Future Classic: Lecrae “Long Time Coming”

I spent the first 25 years of my life as a devout Christian, and the first 17 years growing up in a household that didnʼt let me listen to anything but “praise music” (and Lorrrrrrrrd knows it wasnʼt the “exciting” kind). I wouldnʼt even be complaining as much had I been clapping away to some joyful gospel choirs. Hell, Iʼd even take classic hymns over the musically-uninspired-super-conservative-ho-hum-easy-listening-vibes my ʻrents was on.

All this to say that aside from watching the intro to Amen, I didnʼt have the most positive perspective towards Christian music until I got into some notable punk bands and a little while later, Sufjan Stevens. As far as clean rap/hip-hop went, unfortunately nothing got past the cheese-detector.

Enter Lecrae. Hailing from Atlanta on Cross Movement and Reach Records, this man who “reps the J.C” has been getting serious “secular” attention with his free Church Clothes mixtape as it has now reached over 250,000 downloads! With 2 tracks produced by 9th Wonder, Don “The Canon, The Canon” Canon as host and footage with Kendrick Lamar in his latest music video, it becomes very clear that while Lecrae likes to share his faith over good beats, he wants to do so without getting labeled as “Christian rap”. Heʼs said so himself. Frankly I canʼt blame him, but the novelty is hard to ignore.

Like most mixtapes, there are a handful of gems and bunch of throw-aways, but overall Iʼm pretty impressed and eager to see how this young artist develops his potential. If Lecrae sticks with his soul-sampled stand-outs like Long Time Coming, The Price Of Life and Rise, heʼll most definitely keep my attention. It also wouldnʼt hurt to keep close friends with No Malice (ex-”Malice” of Clipse) who had somewhat-recently changed his life around, wrote a book called “Wretched, Poor, Blind & Naked”, is working on a new Clipse album as well as releasing a new solo in October. Hereʼs to hoping Lecrae gets a spot on there.

 



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Doc'trin
Doc’trin is an up-and-coming dj/dance machine/lady killer who brings a unique selection of disco/house/funky/bass/2-step/techno/beats to the Montreal scene. He plays anything from bus-stop sets to corporate fashion shows and is an after-party enthusiast.


  • L’algorythme

    I spent the 22 first years of my life as in church as well. I remember ”Brainwash Project” wasnt too bad for the christian hip-hop.

    And Soul Junk too… that I think was most popular for the ”secular” kids rather than the christian crowd.

    i started making beat in the church…we were rapping about the most eccentric and bizzare things in the old testament. that was almost scandalous…

    anyway…thanks for all this! I was not alone….

  • Doc’trin

    Thanks for the feedback, I will for sure check those out! Meanwhile, I wanted to add No Malice’s first single and video are really great! Glad to see he didn’t lose his touch

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWOF4MsH-qo

    • lalgorythme

      It wont get us back to church but here… check these.. i remember seeing them LIVE in Pennsylvania when i was 15.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWwE4amRaM4&feature=relmfu

      • Doc’trin

        Did you just “forgotten treasure” my “future classic”? This is HUGE!

        • lalgorythme

          amen.

          the christian library/disc store used to be one of my best source of ”future forgotten treasure”