Lecrae Moore, mononymously known as Lecrae, is an American Christian hip hop artist, celebrity, entrepreneur, and record producer. 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 studio album as the leader of the rap group 116 Clique. He produced much of his earlier material along with other early Reach Records releases. His filmography includes appearances in the documentary Uprise Presents: Word from the Street, an autobiographical role in the Billy Graham short television film The Cross, a role in the television film A Cross to Bear, and a role in the upcoming comedy film Believe Me. Moore received a nomination for Artist of the Year at the 43rd GMA Dove Awards, and 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 nomination. In the social sphere, Moore has advocated for the preservation of responsibility and fatherhood as a value among men in the United States. Specifically, his hip-hop group 116 Clique headed a multimedia campaign Man Up in 2011, and in 2013 Moore partnered with Dwyane Wade and Joshua DuBois in the multimedia initiative This Is Fatherhood, an initiative which garnered support from U.S. President Barack Obama.
Moore debuted with Real Talk in 2004 through Reach Records, and Cross Movement Records re-released the album the following year. After the Music Stops followed in 2006, and his third solo album, Rebel, was released in 2008 and reached No. 1 on the Gospel chart, the first Christian hip-hop album to do so. Rehab, his fourth solo album, was released in 2010 and reached No. 1 on the Gospel, Christian, and Independent charts and garnered a nomination at the 53rd Grammy Awards. Rehab: The Overdose, was released on January 11, 2011, and peaked at No. 1 on the Christian and Gospel charts. In September 2011, Moore played the character King in the short film Man Up by 116 Clique. Moore began garnering mainstream attention when he performed at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher and featured on the Statik Selektah song "Live and Let Live" from Population Control.
On February 18, 2012, Moore made his major acting debut as the character Jerome in the GMC TV television film A Cross To Bear. 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. On May 2012, Moore began recording his sixth studio album, Gravity. Released on September 4, 2012, it and Church Clothes have been called the most important albums in Christian hip hop history. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, and No. 1 on the Top Rap, Christian, Gospel, and Independent Albums chart, 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, he released his second mixtape, Church Clothes 2, and also appeared alongside Lacey Sturm in Billy Graham's short film The Cross, in which Moore and Sturm share their stories about how they came to Christ.Continue reading at Wikipedia...
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