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Christian hip hop is having a moment: 6 rappers remember to be aware of, including chart-topper NF

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 02: NF performs all through 2019 Lollapalooza at furnish Park on August 02, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (picture by means of Erika Goldring/FilmMagic) ORG XMIT: 775383323 ORIG FILE id: 1165871308 (picture: Erika Goldring, FilmMagic)
tune fanatics are feeling the spirit this summer. 
closing week, Christian rapper NF stunned many when his new album, "the quest," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, usurping opportunity the Rapper's "The large Day" for the desirable spot. a week prior, a federal courtroom ordered Katy Perry pay $2.seventy eight million to Christian hip-hop artist Flame and two co-authors for allegedly stealing facets of their 2009 song "completely happy Noise" in her 2013 hit "dark Horse." Even Heidi Montag is coming to Jesus, revealing in a late July episode of "The Hills: New Beginnings" that she'd want to pursue a career in religion-primarily based music. 
With Christian artists dominating the headlines, we rounded up six evangelical MCs that make sure you find out about. 
The 28-yr-ancient rapper, who hails from Gladwin, Michigan, and counts Eminem amongst his biggest inspirations, is no stranger to the appropriate of the charts: His third studio album, "notion," debuted at No. 1 in 2017, beating out the likes of Gwen Stefani, Marilyn Manson and Lil Pump. On his newest unlock "the quest," he speaks openly about his struggles with intellectual fitness and fame, and frames songs similar to "simplest" and "Hate Myself" as prayers to God. 
extra: who's NF, the Eminem-soundalike who beat probability the Rapper for No. 1 album this week?
LeCrae became again in the information this summer time, given he's featured on Flame's "comfortable Noise." but his profession is way over just a guest spot. Like NF, this Grammy winner is likely one of the few artists in Christian hip hop to move over to the mainstream, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 along with his aptly titled 2014 album "Anomaly." greater lately he collaborated with Tori Kelly on the one "i could find You," which preaches hope amidst adversity, and Ty Dolla $ign on "advantages," a playful reminder that family unit concerns greater than Ferraris. LeCrae, who continually shares non secular motivation and witticisms on Twitter, returned with new song "California Dreamin'" last month. 
Andy Mineo
Signed to LeCrae's Christian label reach facts, this considerate ny MC has stated musical inspirations as extensive-ranging as Busta Rhymes, Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" and "The Chronicles of Narnia" creator C.S. Lewis. all through his profession, Mineo has eloquently spoken about his sometimes uneasy relationship with religion and being labeled a Christian rapper, which partly inspired his 2015 album "Uncomfortable." but he proudly touts having God on his facet on the rumbling step forward single "You can't cease Me," which changed into voted baseball's top-quality stroll-up music in a 2015 ESPN poll and has gathered more than 70 million Spotify streams. His new album, "Work in growth," is out Aug. 23. 
Few artists have had an unlikelier path to the forefront of Christian rap than Wande, who become born in Nigeria and raised in Austin, Texas. despite pushback from her family unit, she converted to Christianity in seventh grade and began rapping as a ministry tool in faculty, the place she double-majored in journalism and public family members. Wande is the only real female artist signed to reach's roster and has shown off her dexterous flow on a string of hypnotic songs including ultimate month's "BAND$," which sharply asserts that you just need Christian values "to be bae to me." ("'God first' for your bio ain't brilliant to me / I cannot let just any one come and grasp with me.")
some of the more moderen faces on the Christian hip-hop scene, nobigdyl (true identify: Dylan Phillips) grew up in the San Francisco Bay area being attentive to the late infamous B.I.G., whose laid-again rhymes partly inspired his own free-wheeling-yet-staccato rap vogue. via a school internship with Reflection track community, nobigdyl was brought to label head/rapper Derek Minor, who ultimately grew to become his mentor. He released his first album, "canopy," in 2017 and most lately launched the woozy, Auto-Tune-weighted down single "energy," which talks about his relationship with God. 
Social membership Misfits
The Miami-primarily based rap duo of FERN and Marty Mar has been a staple on Billboard's gospel, Christian and rap albums charts for the stronger part of this decade, breaking out in 2014 with the bold "Misfits 2." Their newest EP "mood.," released remaining spring, candidly tackles loss, relationships and established religion, and nods to FERN's Puerto Rican roots on the Spanish-language "Que Lo Que." 
Contributing: Maeve McDermott 
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