I caught wind of a new story on Bleacher Report this week aligning with the release of Lecrae‘s new album, Anomaly, that explained the full connection between the spiritual rapper and one of the NBA’s more openly spiritual stars, Jeremy Lin. I remember seeing something on social media awhile back where one was shouting out the other, so I wasn’t surprised at the connection, just intrigued and then impressed at their story.
Essentially, J-Lin turned onto Lecrae’s music via his brother’s suggestion of “Prayin’ For You”. This came at a time just before Linsanity when Lin was struggling with the Golden State Warriors and making 3 trips between the NBA and the D-League. Lin cited this time as “one of the low points in my life,” and then found the inspiration in “Background.” Lin summarized the message by saying, “Letting God take the lead, surrendering my life to him and letting him work through me.”
This was the start of their connection, but it wasn’t until Linsanity came and went until Lin and Lecrae met in Houston. The story is a great one that shows the character of Lecrae and I’ll let Bleacher Report take it away from here.
As for the present-day, Lin was amongst many sports stars who supported the #Anomaly campaign and now that I’ve sat with the album this week, I can say that I’m fully in on the campaign too. The album starts off strong, with track 01 “Outsiders” being an early top-tier favorite, but as I was expecting the album to falter, it never really did. Lecrae delivers a variety of thought-provoking positive messages over some polished trap sounds — a successful move given the current rap climate’s gravitation towards trap. I’m personally not into the trap sound like most, but I do appreciate the approach and lyricism more than anything else. So, needless to say, check out Anomaly, in addition to what’s linked above!