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Christian Rap: Rappers Putting God In Their Lyrics

By Edited Feb 23, 2016 7 23

What? Christian Rappers?

As crazy as it may sound, there ARE in fact Christian rappers.  These men, and a few women, are not afraid to share about their God.  They have used their musical talents to promote Christianity and generally positive character.  These are not the folks that come to mind when you hear people talking about rap.  You most often hear people talking about, or listening to,  rappers like Wiz Khalifa, Lil' Wayne, or recent Grammy winnner Frank Ocean.  Nope, these are the guys who fly under the radar.  They have a selfless purpose in mind.  They do not use their music to promote drugs, alcohol, or foul language.  Instead, Christian rappers encourage things that could influence our youth for the better.  It is an undeniable fact that music has a major affect on our lives, so why would you expose your children, or yourselves for that matter, to the things that secular rap does?  Why would you not want to see the changes in yourself that Christian Rap could have in your life.

A few Christian rappers
Credit: http://www.revelife.com/746037601/the-rise-of-christian-rap-music/

Tedashii, Lecrae, Trip Lee, and Sho Baraka

116 Clique - Man Up

Featuring Lecrae, KB, Trip Lee, Sho Baraka, PRo, and Andy Mineo

A group rap that features most of the more famous Christian Rappers.

Man Up - 116 Clique

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So who are these guys?

These are not the type of people who fall into the typical stereotype of a rapper, however, a good portion of these artists grew up in rough homes.  [3]Some artists will admit to being involved in drugs, alcohol, and smoking at a young age.  On the bright side of things, they will also confess to being saved by the grace of God!  Praise God!  There are some Christian rappers that you have probably heard of, granted that you are semi-familiar with rap, such as Kirk Franklin and Lecrae.  They were some of the pioneers to the Christian Rap scene.  There are several other rappers including [1]Tedashii, KB, Trip Lee, Flame, Jai, and Andy Mineo who fall under the Christian style of rapper.  You can often find several of the top Christian rappers when the "One-sixteen Clique" comes around.  They produce songs with a large compilation of Christian artists.  These artists are slowly making a name for themselves.  [2]Lecrae was even a 2013 Grammy winner!  Even though you probably have not heard of most of them, their work is very impressive. 

The Glory of God - Shai Linne

One of Shai Linne's best songs.

The Glory of God

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One of my favorite albums. In my opinion, this album is Lecrae's best work yet.

Where should I start listening?

A legitimate alternative to secular rap

If you are interested in Christian Rap, you can start listening now!  There are several great places to start.  Many people are big fans of Lecrae.  He performs a wide variety of slower songs, raps, and splashes of hip hop.  Some people like Toby Mac because he has several hip hop elements in his music.  If you wish to find a singer with a strictly rap repertoire, you may look at guys like Tedashii, KB, or Trip Lee.  If you want to test the variety, you can always check Pandora Radio, iTunes, or YouTube. Christian Rap is no different from secular rap, aside from the usage of lyrics to promote positive character and Christianity! So why not give it a shot?  It will change your outlook on life, and it will no doubt be for the better!

Tedashii - Dum Dum featuring Lecrae

I really like this song by Tedashii.  It is a very upbeat song that is fun to dance to!

Dum Dum - Tedashii (ft. Lecrae)

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Toby Mac is a great Christian Hip/Hop artist. He is not quite what I would consider rap, but he is a great artist.


Feb 22, 2013 2:44pm
I enjoy Christian music and although I know some may not feel as though rap is a credible form, I'm fine with any genre as long as it glorifies God. Great article and welcome to InfoBarrel! Thumbs-up!!
Feb 22, 2013 3:19pm
Thanks! It is really a great alternative to secular rap!
May 18, 2013 7:52pm
I really like what you have to say, and it's the truth. Why not sing with God in a rap song and help young people!
Feb 28, 2013 5:54pm
Hey great article! Have you ever seen this video about the Christian side hug? Most people don't like it but i think its cute!
Feb 28, 2013 5:57pm
I sure haven't!Il have to look into it! Thanks for the comment!
Feb 28, 2013 6:03pm
Well I think you are off to a great start!
Feb 28, 2013 6:04pm
Thank You!
Mar 22, 2013 12:42am
I prefer Zeus rap myself.
Mar 22, 2013 7:57am
hmm i have never heard of that? Thank you for the comment Brettl !!!
Mar 22, 2013 11:55am
My husband and I really enjoy Christian rap - Lecrae packs a lot of good theology into his lyrics!
Mar 22, 2013 1:11pm
Most definitely. I absolutely love listening to Lecrae. He has such a great testimony too!
Mar 22, 2013 5:39pm
Thank you for writing about this underappreciated genre of music. These Christian rappers deserve more praise from our society. Great article Brady Justice!
Mar 22, 2013 5:46pm
Wow! Thank you Curiosity44! These are definitely some extremely admirable men using their gifts for the good!
Mar 22, 2013 5:55pm
Thumbs up, nice article. I like the way you set it out and whilst I'm buddhist and not christian, I think we've all essentially got the same goal in mind. Congrats!
Mar 22, 2013 6:06pm
Thanks chopsooy! It is nice to see some with respect for another's beliefs! Appreciate the comment!
Mar 25, 2013 5:54pm
This is an awesome article. Rap gets a bad...well, rap :).Even in the secular world it's not all "gangsta." It's time for Christian rap to be as well known as some of the awesome Christian pop and rock that's out there. Thanks!
Mar 25, 2013 5:59pm
Thank You KimChaos! There is definitely not a lack of uplifting comments here at Infobarrel!
Mar 26, 2013 5:14am
LOVE Christian Rap/Hip Hop! 116 is amazing! Ya know its nice to be able to get in to something without hearing all of the negativity .
Mar 26, 2013 2:58pm
Sure is a great group! I'm anxious to hear Andy Mineo's new album. I think it comes out in April, ill stick an amazon module in the article so you guys can grab it if you want. Thanks Jake-Smith!
Mar 31, 2013 8:28am
Yeah - Andy Mineo's new album will be off the hook! I just wish there were local christian hip hop music stations! I love being able to jam out with my daughter in the truck and she loves it too. We have a blast!

Oh and i am still trying to get that article posted. even took out all of the AZ links this time, hopefully it goes thru
Mar 31, 2013 11:13am
Yep! I always listen to Don't Waste Your Life by Lecrae every morning before I start my day!
Mar 28, 2013 10:32pm
Great topic and a well deserved feature.
Mar 29, 2013 5:06am
Thank you sir!
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