Pioneer of Christian music, TobyMac has had a major impact in the next generation of gospel music which includes Rock the Bells artist Lecrae.
TobyMac’s favorite rappers surprisingly are not from Christian music, but you are able to see how these artists impacted the way he makes music today. “I think Rakim [No. 1]. I like some old school junk. KRS-One. I know it’s on the lighter side, Whoodini. I know they weren’t about conscious rhymes but they taught me about how to mix singing with rap. They would always have the singing [in songs], ‘the freaks come out at night…’ You know they really taught me something more than they were some kind of conscious emcees,” he said.
He said “Q-Tip” from A Tribe Called Quest was his number four on the list before breaking into newer rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West.
“I mean I know it’s real controversial, but it’s hard not to say Jay-Z. I mean I would say I put Jay-Z and Kanye right there. I know some people would kill me for saying that. Jay-Z for his changing the game and Kanye for his experimentation,” he said before setting a little warning. “I do not agree with everything they say. I do not like the vulgarity. I always get the clean version, and I do not suggest that anybody go out and buy it because there’s a lot that they talk about that I don’t think is good for younger ears.”
Toby even said that Lecrae will end up on that same list. “Ability plus heart, I’d put Lecrae on that list. It’s easier for me to listen to him because I feel like our hearts are in the same place because we desire the same things generally.”
“I think there are so many artists out there who are expressing their faith through hip-hop and their beliefs through hip-hop, and I find more and more mainstream artists talk about their love for God through hip-hop. But then there’s a movement that’s happening with Lecrae and those guys that are making people just stop and notice,” he said regarding the new movement of mainstream Christian hip-hop.
We are very happy and excited to have Lecrae on Rock the Bells this year. We can’t wait to watch his set!
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