Lecrae Breaks Down His Nine Most Essential Songs

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    Lecrae Breaks Down His Nine Most Essential Songs
    In the last year, Lecrae has steadily become more of a household name in hip-hop circles. Thanks to work with Statik Selektah, shout outs from artists like Kendrick Lamar, and, more recently, his Don Cannon-hosted <em>Church Clothes</em> mixtape—which features No Malice as well as production from 9th Wonder and Boi-1da—Lecrae has been building upon his already substantial fanbase in the Christian community. New listeners are realizing that this MC with a message can really spit. Here, for those who may be playing catch up, Lecrae offers his nine most essential songs, from his first album in 2004 through last month's mixtape. —<em>Adam Fleischer</em> (@AdamXXL)
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    “Take Me As I Am,” <em>Real Talk</em> (2004)
    You would have to listen to “Take Me As I Am,” off my first project, <em>Real Talk</em>. It’s really more or less the <em>Church Clothes</em> message. It’s a story [of] a cat who’s like, ‘Man, I smell like weed. God, I smell like weed. You really can do something with me? You can mess with me?’ And just articulating that, absolutely, He can. <br /><br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/NyibEqrsMq4?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/NyibEqrsMq4?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    “Prayin’ For You,” <em>After The Music Stops</em> (2006)
    I would also say “Prayin’ For You,” which is just a song that talks about this person that’s blowin’ it, messin’ up, trying to get right. And I’m praying for him, like, ‘Man, this dude needs help.’ And at the end, I reveal that that person is really me. <br /><br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/XZNEaTWxG_o?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/XZNEaTWxG_o?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    “Rise,” <em>Church Clothes</em> (2009)
    I’d probably say “Rise,” with 9th Wonder, off the <em>Church Clothes</em> mixtape. Simply because it’s me doing just that hip-hop in its essence. Classic boom bap hip-hop, but me running through the list of what I’ve seen and what I’ve experienced and substance in music and how it needs to level the playing field. <br /><br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/C8rvfEyEOms?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/C8rvfEyEOms?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    “Background,” <em>Rehab</em> (2010)
    “Background,” which is more of a slow, pop joint with my man Andy Mineo which is just about me not trying to be a superstar. I’m not really caring about shining like that. I just want to play the background and do what I’m put here to do. <br /><br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/LHnZRZiCYHE?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/LHnZRZiCYHE?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    “Cold World,” <em>Church Clothes</em> (2009)
    “Cold World,” off the <em>Chruch Clothes</em> mixtape, just because it’s that smooth, Southern vibe. My man Street Symphony put it down. And on top of that it articulates how this world works and how cold it can be sometimes. <br /><br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Gtzk66sNFlk?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Gtzk66sNFlk?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    “Don’t Waste Your Life,” <em>Rebel</em> (2008)
    “Don’t Waste Your Life” is a definite. It’s just saying how precious life is and how we live for frivolous and fruitless things. <br /><br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/7RWEllqh5J0?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/7RWEllqh5J0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    “Jesus Muzik,” <em>After The Music Stops</em> (2006)
    “Jesus Muzik,” which is just classic Lecrae music. Chopped and Screwed. Me and my man Trip Lee putting it down. <br /><br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/CaTXRaSvq-M?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/CaTXRaSvq-M?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    “Indwelling Sin,” <em>Rebel</em> (2008)
    “Indwelling Sin,” which is kind of just my internal battle—me wrestling back and forth. <br /><br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/QPHlCXHe34o?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/QPHlCXHe34o?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    “Dum Dum,” Tedashii’s <em>Blacklight</em> (2011)
    It’s not mine, but I’m on it. My man Tedashii’s “Dum Dum.” It’s articulating how a lot of folks in the industry think we lost our mind, but they don’t know about us. Just chill out. We here. <br /><br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZWwPlldEiUY?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZWwPlldEiUY?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>

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  • JD

    It says Church Clothes was released in 2009, but it was released in 2012.

  • Micah

    Dum Dum! Amazing song. :D

    • Jimmy

      That’s Tedashii’s track tho nt lecrae’s

  • Micah

    But I think Lecrae has had some much better songs than the ones on this list.

  • Fresh

    Who compiled this???
    Where’s ‘Go Hard’…’Just like you’….’Rebel’….’Boasting’…’Church clothes’. These are the song’s that really put their respective albums on another level!!

    • Ghost

      LECRAE Breaks Down His Nine Most Essential Songs

  • LJ

    Uh , why isn’t Just Like You on this list ? lol cmon Creezy.

  • Andrew

    If I made this list it would be “Top 30 Lecrae songs that have changed my life and helped me go hard for Jesus Christ”
    just my opinion!!!

  • Jon

    Lecrae is the one that made this list. For people asking why some of his “best” songs arent on here, my guess is that he picked 9 songs that best communicate the Gospel and the message he is trying to share. So some of his songs people like the most might not be on there, but what he wants people to hear are.

    • Sue

      Exactly……..these are not likely Lecrae’s alltime best songs but songs that he feels best capture his message – “MOST ESSENTIAL”

      • Nelson

        yup sue your right

    • Deena

      I totally agree with Jon; the 9 have rhyme & reason.

  • Caliboy76

    All them joints are heart felt and bangas.

  • Real HipHop

    So now ya’ll want to start a debate on what songs he picked? Ya’ll always over thinking. After you have recorded 100 songs its difficult in the middle of an interview to pick 9 songs on the spot. Chill out and stop the negative commenting. Be a fan & enjoy!

  • http://www.twitter.com/LkGibbs20 Lamar

    Guys…it says LECRAE’S most essential songs, the ones HE thinks…this isn’t XXL picking the songs, stop being shocked lol!

    • http://www.exedon.com exedon

      exactly…. lol



  • http://www.ecclesia2020.com ecclesia2020

    Great list. awesome artist. we really need more substance in hip hop and I think this guy can bring some fo that to the table

  • ike

    My top 3 Songs Ever By Lecrae. I use this song to Witness to people all the time .

  • Olivia

    Plus….those songs might be OUR favorite songs….but every song has a different meaning to him….so his essential and fav songs are probably the ones that he had the best time writing or the ones he had the greatest and most touching experiences to him….one of my ALL TIME favs is Background…a song that you would NEVER hear out in this world…cuz everything in this world is ME ME ME ME, and how can I glorify myself, and look the best in people’s eyes…and have everyone like ME, etc., etc., etc.

  • EM

    My Top 9 Lecrae songs are:

    1. Just Like You
    2. Killa
    3. Background
    4. Praying For You
    5. Black Rose
    6. The Price of Life
    7. Go Hard
    8. Rejects
    9. Release Date

    He is my favorite music artist & I’m thankful for the hard work & sacrifice that he dedicates to his call. Quality, clean hip hop is finally on the rise.

  • Priest

    My: Desperate, Background, Release date,Dum, Dum, Reject,
    Praying for You, The 13Letters, Killa, Repentence.

  • ruthangelina

    IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS keep fighting the good fight brother!

  • truth720

    the list is too vast and just simply off the hook, u just can’t go wrong with lacrae! but since its his choosing and not xxl, i understand. but u can’t deny go hard and just like u.

  • JMG

    exactly what it says 9 most “essential” songs not the nine hottest or most whatever just essential to understand him as an artist and his message.

  • kenny

    seriously. too cool you guys actually sharing the songs and videos of his top 9. thats next level.

  • Thony

    Yes… it’s sad that we have folks thinking like this. Even if it were a list of the “best” songs, it would still be based on an opinion that may differ from yours. These are the songs that minister to him most. It wont be the best songs, it’s the songs that “minister” versus the ones that “sound” good. Grow up Christians, grow up.

  • Killa

    Yeahhhh! People be sleepin on “Indwelling in Sin”

  • Neva

    Where’s “Hallelujah”? o.o that song is awesome as well.

  • kassang

    i think lecrea is a huge blessing i love his song boasting alot