There was a time when Christian rappers didn’t have a voice in the mainstream, as many people saw the genre of music as something only appropriate for gangsters and/or something that came close to it. Over time, however, rappers like Lecrae have changed the dynamic. He is a Grammy-winning American rapper who has also made a name for himself as an actor and producer. Here are things you should know about him.
The rapper was born on October 9, 1979, in Houston, Texas, as Lecrae Devaughn Moore. For the man he is today, he had to go quite a long way and overcome many challenges, as he was raised by a single parent – his mother.
His parents married when they were very young and soon after they divorced. He was raised alone by his mother, who took him along when he was 23, which meant that she had to fight her way through several jobs while at the same time relying on government welfare packages to raise him.
The divorce between his parents happened before the Christian rapper was one year old. Despite the fact that his parents were immature when they married, the main reason for their divorce was that his father was very abusive and used drugs.
Although his grandmother always tried to get him to live a Christian life, he was also involved in drugs, which gradually led him to a life of crime and drug dealing. Interestingly, he always had a Holy Bible with him, which he used as a kind of good luck charm in his drug dealing. Well, it served him exactly for this purpose after he was arrested with drugs, but was released by the police officer after he saw the Bible in his car, under the condition that he would live according to the commandments of the Bible.
After graduating from high school, the rapper went to the University of North Texas for his education. The first album he released was Real Talk in 2004, and the release of the album immediately paved his way as a voice in Christian rap music. After the Music Stops (2008) was the second album he released, followed by Rebel (2008), Rehab (2010), Rehab: The Overdose (2011), and Gravity (2012). This was followed by Anomaly (2014), All Things Work Together (2017), and Let the Trap Say Amen, which he released in 2018 with Zaytoven.
Family and Wife (Darragh Moore)
As already indicated, Lecrae grew up in a broken family, with a father with whom he had no relationship and a mother who had to work as hard as she could to raise him all alone, although she also counted on the charity of others.
Apart from his mother, another very important member of his family is his grandmother Georgia, also known as Big Momma. It was through her hand that the Grammy-winning Christian rapper gained the saving knowledge of Christ.
Lecrae is a married man; his wife’s name is Darragh Moore. She is not the first woman he has dated, but although he had to have an abortion with an ex-girlfriend before he met his wife, he seems to have settled down since his marriage.
The exact year they got married is not known, but Lecrae Devaughn Moore and Darragh Moore have been together for many years. They have three children, which the couple has kept completely out of the public eye on the grounds that the children do not need all the attention.
What has brought Lecrae to the forefront is his musical career, which he started after taking Christianity seriously. Before that he was a lover of rap music, as such it was easy for him to identify with it. More than that, he wanted to reach an audience that not many artists have ever tried to reach.
Over the course of his career to date, Lecrae has won nearly 20 awards from nearly 30 major nominations, including the Grammy, which he won in 2013 when his album Gravity won Best Gospel Album and his song Messengers won Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song in 2015.
Lecrae is, without doubt, the biggest name in Christian hip-hop. He has sold millions of albums and is a very talented music producer. His net worth is estimated at 2 to 3 million dollars. Although this is not the only way to get his fortune, music is the main source.
Height and Weight
If you look at the rapper, someone who doesn’t know him might suspect he’s an NBA star. That’s because he’s got an athletic build and a good height. According to this, he stands at a height of 1.82 m and bodyweight of 80 kg (176 lbs).
- Before he married, he got his girlfriend pregnant and made her undergo an abortion procedure. Although he confessed publicly, he said he still felt guilty.
- His father was an alcoholic and drug addict.
- In addition to government employees and activists, Lecrae has joined forces with Dwyane Wade and other celebrities to promote the “This Is Fatherhood” challenge led by Art Hooker and Joshua DuBois.
- He has won awards such as the BET Awards, Billboard Music Awards, GMA Dove Awards, Stellar Awards, and the Soul Train Music Awards.