Singled Out: "Big K.R.I.T.'s Got No Problem Talking About His Struggles - Ups & Downs"
Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 3:00PM
[SOHH highlights a hot record each Tuesday and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Ying Yang Twins unlaced their "2 Piece" track, rapper Lecrae explains his new Big K.R.I.T. and Ashthon Jones-featured "May Day" record.]
The Big K.R.I.T. record I've got is called "May Day." I knew K.R.I.T. to be a real transparent dude, he's got no problem talking about his struggles and his ups and downs. One record he might be at the strip club and the next he might be reading the Bible.
A lot of people like that because it's authentic. A normal person who doesn't have those complexes won't try to pretend. I thought it would be a dope opportunity for me to get on a record with someone that could say, "Look, I don't have it all together."
He's got a church past and so he's heard some things and he's just wrestling with them. I really thought this would be a dope opportunity for people to relate to those and also for me to get on there to relate to him and also give some answers to those things people are wrestling with.
I've also got Ashthon Jones on there, who was an "American Idol" finalist. She just blew it out the park on the hook and with her soulful singing. It just made it so you're not afraid to say man down.
The song is really about saying, "Hey man, I don't really have it together but I'm not too proud to ask for help.
DJ Khalil ended up getting on the record because one of his friends had told me he was a fan and gave me his number and was like, "He wants to connect with you and it would be dope." I reached out and he just sent me some incredible music.
There's a lot of live instrumentation and I think it's a really dope record. I think it's the type of music that's really been missing if you follow hip-hop. I just love all kinds of hip-hop but I miss the times when I could ride around and this feels like it's one of those records.
For the typical music fan, Lecrae's hard demeanor and crunk beats might belie what his lyrics are really about, his adoration of Jesus Christ. The main tenet influencing his mission and music is taken from Romans 1:16 of the Bible, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel." Although he was born on Houston's south side, Lecrae grew up in Denver, CO, and San Diego, CA. It was at the age of 19 that he decided to give his life to Christ. Using conventional methods to spread the Gospel, he has worked for ministerial services, including his presidency of ReachLife Ministries, conducting Bible studies and many other projects. However, Lecrae's success has come from his up-and-coming Christian rap career. In 2005, on Reach Records, he released his debut album, Real Talk, and as a part of the 116 Clique, he put out 116 Clique: The Compilation Album. The following year, Lecrae dropped the acclaimed After the Music Stops in July. It debuted at number one on the Christian Music Trade Association's R&B/Hip-Hop chart and peaked at number five on Billboard's Gospel Albums chart. His 2008 effort Rebel would top that same chart for two weeks while his 2010 release, Rehab, would top it for one. The latter would be nominated for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards.
Check out "May Day" below: