Lecrae has released a new single for his upcoming Destination tour. He also discussed about his upcoming album, saying there are shocking things that will be heard on his new record.
In an interview with Billboard Lecrae Says
It started with a journal entry that I then wanted to bring to fruition as a song. It wasn’t intended to be a single. But when people put their ears to it, they said man, people need to hear this perspective. It’s me being raw, real and as transparent as I can be. The loss of lives from Michael Brown and Eric Garner to Tamir Rice and Philando Castile … these men and boys represented people who could be my family: nephews, cousins, brothers. So it grieved me deeply. I found that when I spoke about this, there was a large contingent of people with whom I may have shared similar beliefs in terms of faith. But they were completely on the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of sharing my grief for the loss of these lives.
So they lashed out and accused me of being political. That drove me to a place of deep despair and depression. What I also found is that a lot of us are wrestling with PTSD. You can’t be exposed to that much death and injustice and walk around unscathed. Layer that on top of losing my cousin to a tragic accident to my DJ passing away to close friends of the family betraying me. All of that culminated in a dark place where I said “God, I don’t know how I feel about any of this right now. And if you’re here, I don’t hear you, see you or feel you.” “Can’t Stop Me Now” was birthed out of that. I’m still obviously affected by it all. But the perspective I have now is, I’ve got to continue moving forward. I can’t let this doubt and despair stop me from speaking out; there’s a legacy to be kept up. People have sacrificed their lives for folks like me to continue pressing on.
About his new album. He said.
Yes, it is and I’m about 90% done. The album is definitely a journey of all of these emotions, of me being fully aware and embracing my identity. My last album was me saying “hey guys, I need to be free to be me.” It was like a statement. And this album is actually manifestation of that. It’s me making music as authentically as I possibly can.
People don’t get healed unless they can see your scars. People hide their wounds and won’t get help because they’re scared. But I’m saying “look man, I’m scarred up.” I’m going to show my scars so you all can look at them and say wow, healing is real. I’m grateful for the people who’ve come before me and have showed all of their mess and scars. Honestly, you appreciate people for that. You know. And I really want my listeners and supporters to get a taste of that. I’m not holding anything back. There’s everything from stuff that happened way back in the past. Then there’s some more current stuff that people will probably be shocked to hear. But it makes me human and relatable.