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Lecrae appeared in NYC on The Tonight Show last Friday, performing “Welcome to America”

The NYC connections of the Atlanta rapper includes being a fan of pastor Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and collaborator with local musician Andy Mineo.

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The Tonight Show, NYC, January 9, 2015

The Tonight Show, NYC, January 9, 2015

Lecrae's album, Gravity, which was released in 2012, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and won Lecrae the Grammy for Best Gospel Album. The rapper's seventh and most recent album, Anomaly, was released in September 2014 and debuted atop the Billboard 200 albums chart and the Gospel Albums chart, an unprecedented event. The album features guest artist NYC rapper Andy Mineo and others.

He is nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Performance ("All I Need Is You"), Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song ("Messengers") and as a featured artist on Erica Campbell's hit record "Help" for Best Gospel Performance/Song. The Grammy Award Show will be broadcast on February 8, 2015 on CBS-TV.

The Christian rapper Lecrae described "Welcome to America" to MTV News, saying:

"Welcome to America’ is a special song because I think everyone has a unique perspective on America. I wrote the song from three different perspectives…You’ve got a guy who’s from one community, another guy from a completely different community and then you’ve got a person who’s not from America and [it's] their perspective on what America is. Everyone sees it differently, through different lenses, and it makes us take a step back and look at ourselves."

Link to Lecrae's performance on The Tonight Show.

Lecrae has also included mention of NYC pastor Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in one of his raps "Non-Fiction" --

 

 

 

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