Top Three: Lecrae Shares Three Favorites
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:08:08
Lecrae's new masterpiece Anomaly lives up to its title because it's unlike anything out there. That's also true for the MC. There's literally nobody on the scene like him, and that's a wonderful thing.
You can definitely detect the influence and inspiration of similar trailblazers in his sound so ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to Lecrae about three of his favorite albums of all-time.
Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
“She was really pivotal because at the height of a lot of aggressive hip-hop music, she came through as very spiritual, personal, and relatable. That was a great album for me.”
OutKast – Aquemini
“Outkast had a great influence on me because they embraced their individuality. I was always a conflicted child and young because I had so many unique experiences. I got to go to a school of the arts as a teenager. When you’re this urban dude who’s at a performing arts school, it’s a weird mix. You don’t see many people like you who want to write poetry but who walk amongst people that consistently gangbang. It’s a weird place I existed in. Artists like that gave me a healthy look at being diverse. Aquemini is probably my favorite. It’s a place where they heard the pushback on who they were and they just walked in it. The first album was sort of conforming to the norm. On the second album, they’re embracing their individuality. The third album is like, ‘This is who we are, and we’re fine with that’.”
Michael Jackson – Entire Catalog
“His whole catalog is huge, but it’s probably a mixture of ‘Bad’ and ‘Black or White’—around that time period. Hearing certain songs, they were landscapes painted for me that I’d never heard. I don’t know if my mind could understand it all being so young. You listen to ‘Man In the Mirror’ and you just feel the emotion behind it. I couldn’t understand what he was talking about, but it felt so powerful.”
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