Mercy Street and other ministry partners hosted a Christian hip-hop concert last night in the hood featuring Lacrea, The 116 Clique, and Trip Lee.
Now, normally, I'm a fan of hip-hop but can be somewhat turned off by the lyrics. They tend to be slightly derogatory in nature toward women and sometimes use language that can be deemed unacceptable in certain social circles.
Hey! Have I mentioned I'm running for President of the Understatement Society of America? How am I doing so far?
These guys are the furthest from their secular counterparts. They are devout followers of Christ and sing about their experiences and love of the Lord, and really speak from the heart to their audience.
Here's what Lacrea says about his call.
"In the world of Hip-Hop, representing SOMETHING is mandatory. Some represent their block, some their money and privilege, and others their knowledge and culture. Without diverting from the standard of representing something, Lecrae's goal is represent Christ and a holy culture. Instead of forsaking his urban roots and flavor, he uses them to put Christ and the Bible in a light that rap fans can understand. The aim is to digest theology and spit it back out so the streets can grasp it."
I've been a big fan for a while and was a little giddy about the opportunity to meet them.
So were my kids. Here they are with Lacrea.
Here they are with Trip Lee.
Graham enjoyed his snowcone. So did Sadie.
The event brought out the neighborhood. Young and old.
And more volunteers that we could have hoped for, especially since we had record highs of 106.
Now, let's be really honest here. I probably took about 125 pictures. Why so many? Is it because there were that many fantastic photo ops. or, was it because that's what a 36 year old white mother of four does at a hip hop concert when she has no rhythm?
Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! People, we have a winner!