There’s been a lot of noise surrounding the seventh studio album from rapper Lecrae – both in Christian and secular circles. Anomaly debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, and the #lecraeonfallon Twitter campaign netted the artist an appearance sitting in with The Tonight Show’s house band, The Roots. It can be easy to dismiss this all as just hype, so we went to review sites representing many different perspectives to get some sense of just how good Anomaly really is.
It’s refreshing when a Christian artist is recognized for the quality of their creative output by their secular counterparts. In the case of Anomaly, it is clear that Lecrae has put forth a record that is not just a legitimate entry in the genre, but a very good one – culturally relevant, personal, and impactful. And while we would be hard-pressed to promote ourselves as rap aficionados, we appreciate the craftsmanship that Anomaly represents.
Standout Tracks: “Nuthin'”, “Good, Bad, Ugly”, “Broken”
Perhaps Anomaly’s biggest triumph is also its quietest: it adds on to mounting evidence that Lecrae is the most impactful Christian rapper ever.
Art can easily become dull when it’s free of contradictions…People have long gravitated to their tortured, paradoxical nature in both life and art. The fact that Lecrae has managed to defy this and still remain interesting is perhaps another testament to his brute otherness.
Lecrae’s chart-topping seventh LP is a complex, personal record that’s at once political and emotionally charged. He may not swear, but Anomaly is as hard-hitting as any rap record out right now.
Lecrae certainly shows growth on this album lyrically and seems to have perfected the writing style he began with the original “Church Clothes” mixtape, moving away from Christian theology and closer to content that people from all walks of life can relate to. He seems comfortable in his new space and raps more as a person following Christ in this world, rather than a Christian rapper.
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