Lecrae's music has led him to yet another accolade - this time in academia. The Christian rapper was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music degree by the Canada Christian College.

The Toronto institute for higher learning praised the MC for his efforts in music and in the community. “His talents are amazing, as are his achievements,” president Dr. Charles McVety told the Toronto Sun. “But even more important is his outreach to troubled youth.”

In a letter to Mayor John Tory and police Chief Mark Saunders, McVety further expounded on his reasoning for awarding the hip-hop artist with such a high honor. “Lecrae was raised by a single mother and he never met his father. He was lost in the inner city of Houston taking drugs and reportedly dealing heroin. God dramatically turned his life around from the ghetto to the pinnacle of success. Now Lecrae wants the same for others as he is taking his message of hope and fatherhood to inner city youth,” he wrote.

At 36, the Houston native is the youngest person in the school's history to be awarded an honorary degree. "This is quite an honor," Lecrae told the students in attendance upon receiving his degree. "I hope this sets an example to everyone out there that it's possible. Push, go, run, don't let society or the world tell you who you are and where your identity is found."

Lecrae is currently on the Higher Learning Tour. The Grammy-award winning rapper put out his most recent project Church Clothes 3 in January.

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