Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christian Hip Hop on the rise



Church Clothes 2, officially Church Clothes Vol. 2, is the second mixtape by Christian hip hop artist Lecrae, released on November 7, 2013 by Reach Records. Hosted by Don Cannon, it follows Lecrae's previous mixtape, Church Clothes and Grammy award winning full-length album 'Gravity', both of which came out in 2012.

The highly anticipated mixtape upon release was greeted to over 100,000 downloads in its first two weeks. It currently sits pretty at #2 on iTunes overall, #21 on the Billboard 200 chart, #1 on the Top Christian and Gospel charts and #3 on the Top Rap chart. This is a remarkable feat because the mixtape is available for free downloads on datpiff.com as well as reachrecords.com yet it was able to attain that height on itunes just behind Eminem's latest joint. This goes to show how Christian hiphop has emerged from being mute in its genre to becoming a commercially vibrant force to be reckoned with.

While CC2 is enjoying all the attention, another gospel hip hop album is also in the top 20 on iTunes. Collision Records artist and WLAK member Alex Faith has his debut album 'ATLast' claiming the #13 spot on hip hop charts peaking at #8. Shoutout to Lecrae and Alex.

Faith for representing the Lord well with their art.

By Michael Fredrick

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