Legal name: Lecrae Moore (Christian hip-hop artist)
Lecrae Devaughn Moore (born October 9, 1979), mononymously known as Lecrae, is an American Christian hip hop artist, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is the president, co-owner and co-founder of the independent record label Reach Records, and the co-founder and president of the non-profit organization ReachLife Ministries. To date, he has released seven studio albums and two mixtapes as a solo artist, and has released three studio albums, a remix album, and one EP as the leader of the rap group 116 Clique. He produced much of his earlier material along with other early Reach Records releases. Moore, in reference to his label as a Christian rapper, has stated that his music is just hip-hop, though it reflects his Christian faith.
Moore debuted with Real Talk in 2004 through Reach Records. His third solo album, Rebel, released in 2008, became the first Christian hip-hop album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel chart. Rehab followed in 2010, and Moore began attracting mainstream attention when he performed at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher and appeared on the Statik Selektah song "Live & Let Live" from Population Control. On May 10, 2012, Moore released his first mixtape, Church Clothes, which was hosted by DJ Don Cannon. Considered his breakthrough into mainstream hip-hop, the mixtape was downloaded over 100,000 times in less than 48 hours. His sixth studio album, Gravity, came out on September 4, 2012, and it along with Church Clothes have been called the most important albums in Christian hip hop history. The album debuted as the number one bestselling album on the overall iTunes chart, No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and won the Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards, marking the first time that a hip hop artist received this award. On November 7, 2013, Moore released his second mixtape, Church Clothes 2. Lecrae's seventh album, Anomaly, was released on September 9, 2014. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 88,587 copies sold through the first week, the first album to top both the 200 and the Gospel chart simultaneously.
Moore received nominations for Artist of the Year at the 43rd, 44th, and 45th GMA Dove Awards, and for Best Gospel Artist at the 2013 and 2015 BET Awards, the latter of which he won. His work has received five Grammy Award nominations, two of which he won, three Billboard Music Award nominations, one of which he won, seventeen Dove Award nominations, four of which he won, six Stellar Award nominations, three of which he won, two Soul Train Music Award nominations, one of which he won, and one BET Hip Hop Awards nomination. Moore's filmography include a role in the television film A Cross to Bear and a brief role as Dr. Malmquist in the comedy film Believe Me, released September 26, 2014. In the social sphere, Moore has advocated for the preservation of responsibility and fatherhood as a value among men in the United States, and in 2013 partnered with Dwyane Wade and Joshua DuBois in the multimedia initiative This Is Fatherhood as part of the Obama administration's Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative. He has also contributed articles to Billboard discussing racial tension and injustice in the United States, where he has called for willingness to listen to the oppressed as well as pointing out a need for spiritual healing.