Without warning, Lecrae is surprising fans with new music.
It may not be the new album people have been waiting for, but the 36-year-old rapper is releasing new material for the first time since the 2014 release of his critically acclaimed studio album "Anomaly." The Grammy Award winning Christian rapper took to social media to announce that he would release the third and last installment of his Church Clothes mixtape series that previously garnered millions of downloads on streaming websites and iTunes.
"I heard some requests for #CC3. Now on Apple Music," Lecrae wrote on Facebook. "Mixtape Madness. #CC3 should hold you over til '______' drops."
The rapper's new project, "Church Clothes 3," features fellow artists E-40, N'Dambi, Propaganda, John Givez, JGivens, Jackie Hill Perry and his fellow Reach Records rapper KB. In conjunction with the "Church Clothes 3" EP produced by S1 (Kanye West, Jay Z), the rapper has introduced a short film with the same name that features four songs from the new mixtape, "It Is What It Is," "Gangland," "Déjà Vu" and "Misconceptions 3."
Aside from the "Church Clothes" mixtape and visuals, Lecrae is also trying to reach his young fans this year by embarking on a college tour. The "Higher Learning" tour will travel to 30 college campuses around the country, giving the rapper an opportunity to inspire young minds.
"This tour allows me to be involved and inspire some of the most impactful and influential leaders of tomorrow," said Lecrae in a statement obtained by CP. "College is where many of the world-changing thoughts and ideas are birthed. I want my music and my message to help inspire those ideas."
While he still plans to release his first album in two years, the musician has yet another project in the works before he divulges more information about an official studio release. Lecrae is releasing his first book on May 3 called "Unashamed."
The memoir will give people a glimpse into the life of Lecrae's tumultuous journey into his faith.
"Two-time Grammy winning rap artist, Lecrae, learned this lesson through more than his share of adversity—childhood abuse, drugs and alcoholism, a stint in rehab, an abortion, and an unsuccessful suicide attempt," a description of the book states. "The rap artist holds nothing back as he divulges the most sensitive details of his life, answers his critics, shares intimate handwritten journal entries, and powerfully models how to be Christian in a secular age."
The rapper previously spoke about his inspiration for the book in a statement shared with The Christian Post last year.
"I am writing Unashamed for all those who don't know who they are, who feel confined by the labels given to them," said Lecrae."As an artist my ambition is to make honest music, and I feel the same way about writing this book,"
For more information about the rapper's new music or book, please visit lecrae.com.