The Recording Industry Association of America has announced that Lecrae’s seventh studio album, Anomaly, is now certified Gold.
To go Gold, an album must sell 500,000 units. Other hip-hop artists whose albums have gone Gold over the past year include Meek Mill, Childish Gambino and Wale.
Reach Records released Anomaly on Sept. 9, 2014. The following week, the LP moved 88,000 units, earning the top spot on the Billboard 200.
Anomaly continued to move units in the following
years, making it the first Christian hip-hop project to
go — at least certified — Gold. (The RIAA certified GRITS’s single “Ooh Ahh” featuring TobyMac Gold in
Upon its release, Anomaly earned positive reviews
from Christian, hip-hop and mainstream critics alike. Rolling Stone said, “He may not swear, but Anomaly is as hard-hitting as any rap record out right now.” HipHopDX declared, “Part of what makes Anomaly and its artist compelling musically is that he’s so bent on pushing against Hip Hop as he continues to become a bigger part of it.”