Lecrae released a new single on Friday called “Can’t Stop Me Now” for his upcoming Destination Tour.
“[The song] started with a journal entry that I then wanted to bring to fruition as a song,” Lecrae toldBillboard. “It wasn’t intended to be a single. But when people put their ears to it, they said man, people need to hear this perspective.
“It’s me being raw, real and as transparent as I can be. The loss of lives from Michael Brown and Eric Garner to Tamir Rice and Philando Castile … these men and boys represented people who could be my family: nephews, cousins, brothers. So it grieved me deeply.
“I found that when I spoke about this, there was a large contingent of people with whom I may have shared similar beliefs in terms of faith. But they were completely on the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of sharing my grief for the loss of these lives. So they lashed out and accused me of being political. That drove me to a place of deep despair and depression.
“What I also found is that a lot of us are wrestling with PTSD. You can’t be exposed to that much death and injustice and walk around unscathed. Layer that on top of losing my cousin to a tragic accident to my DJ passing away to close friends of the family betraying me. All of that culminated in a dark place where I said ‘God, I don’t know how I feel about any of this right now. And if you’re here, I don’t hear you, see you or feel you.’
“‘Can’t Stop Me Now’ was birthed out of that. I’m still obviously affected by it all. But the perspective I have now is, I’ve got to continue moving forward. I can’t let this doubt and despair stop me from speaking out; there’s a legacy to be kept up. People have sacrificed their lives for folks like me to continue pressing on.”