Legal name: Lecrae Moore (Christian hip-hop artist)
Lecrae Moore, mononymously known as Lecrae, is an American Christian hip hop artist, 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 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 and 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 Christian 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.
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 BET Awards. His work has received two Grammy Award nominations, one of which he won, one Billboard Music Award nomination, fourteen Dove Award nominations, four of which he won, four Stellar Award nominations, one of which he won, and a Soul Train Music Award and 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.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license