Much is being made of the commercial success of Lecrae’s Anomaly – as well it should. But beyond the thrill of seeing a thoughtful, artistically adventurous and Gospel-framed artist atop the Billboard charts, Lecrae’s eighth album offers a new generation of artists a fresh template for how they might simultaneously speak goodness, truth and beauty to both people of The Book and those not the slightest bit interested in things of faith.
Lecrae and his crew have been at this for over 10 years without significant industry support or radio love. He has performed countless shows, released dozens of projects by himself and other artists and has cultivated a cooperative of visionary creative minds under his Reach Records banner. The excellence one hears in the grooves of Anomaly is the natural result of years of hard work and high standards. And by “hard work” I’m talking about a group of friends sharpening each other’s creative iron in marathon production sessions. I’m talking about countless beats, samples and riffs that are scrapped in the search for something better. I’m talking about a group of artists who are not satisfied with good, only great.
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