Lecrae says he refuses to conform to who people
think he should be as a rapper who’s also a
The 36-year-old born Lecrae Devaughn Moore took
to Twitter on Sunday to tell over 1 million followers: “I’m not who people assume I am. I don’t fit neatly
into people’s boxes or conform to people’s labels.”
Even though Lecrae is a Christian, he has never
subscribed to the stereotypes that come along with
“For a lot of people, groups, Christians included,
issues are homogenized. And so to be a Christian
I’m either this staunch conservative Republican or
I’m this tree hugging liberal,” Lecrae told CNN earlier this year. “You’re stereotyped. It’s almost assumed that people know what your issues are
going to be.”
One issue that Lecrae has publicly fought against
for years is racial injustice, which he admits to
receiving flack for.
“It’s unfortunate that myself, as a black man,
cannot care about the issues that impact the black
community without being seeing as a race-baiter or
without being seen as someone who doesn’t care
about any other ethnic groups,” the Unashamed
author told CNN.
However, he also refuses to only been seen as a
black man who’s defending black people.
“I don’t see this as a black-white issue. In India, the
Filipinos are being treated like they are less than
human. I’m not focused on race, exactly,” he said
during an interview with The Washington Post. “If blacks in America are treated equally, I’ll move on
to the next group.”
For the rapper and head of the Reach Records
record label, his Christianity doesn’t define his
personality or the causes that he champions.
“A Christian is noun. A Christian is a person. I
function, I live life as a Christian and me living life as
a Christian doesn’t mean I’m a sanitized person,”
Lecrae said in the interview with CNN. “It means
that I readily admit I’m a jacked up person and I
need a Savior.”
Despite his influence, Lecrae is not interested in
using his faith to force people to see things his way.
“My views as a Christian means there’s a moral
plumb line that I’m fighting to adhere to. … It’s not
saying this is the way the country’s going to run
and things are going to be,” Lecrae added.
“Honestly, what Jesus was about, was laying His life
down for the marginalized who didn’t have it all together.