Yesterday Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae caused a hashtag flood on Twitter with the release of his new single, “Nuthin.” In the song, the Grammy Award-winning Christian rapper simply states, “they aint talkin bout nothin,” referring to the current generation of rappers that seem to have nothing significant to discuss anymore. LeCrae’s lyrics reveal the undeniable truth: we’re losing substance in modern-day hip-hop music. He says, “And every song talking bout they selling work on every corner, don’t talk about the laws, taking kids away from mommas, don’t talk about your homie in the trauma cause he shot up, or what about your young boy messing up the product.” This song is what one might call “revolutionary” in today’s world of hip-hop.
How fitting for Lecrae to release his single shortly after the BET Awards, which aired live in Los Angeles this past Sunday. From Chris Brown’s performance of “These Girls Ain’t Loyal” to Nicki Minaj’s “Pills ‘n’ Potions” – where is the substance? Lecrae reminds us at the end of “Nuthin,’” that we are better than what we have been portraying ourselves to be. He says, “I know you gon’ label me a hater, but inside you are greater than the songs you created man.”
In an interview with VIBE Magazine, he stated that, “the world needs artists that are willing to provoke. Let’s talk about issues: education, racism, faith, fatherlessness.” Lecrae has spoken up and positioned himself to be a voice – a beacon of light for the future of hip-hop. His seventh album is expected to be released later this year.
Check out the song below: