What is Christian Rap?

Lecrae performs at Super Bowl Gospel 2013
Christian hip hop artist Lecrae performs during the Super Bowl Gospel 2013 Show at UNO Lakefront Arena on February 1, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Super Bowl Gospel

Question: What is Christian Rap?

Answer: Christian Rap has many names -- Holy Hip Hop, Gospel Rap, Gospel Hip Hop and even Christ Hop -- but regardless of what name you call it, the basics are the same. Christian rappers use their music to share their faith and to reach places that other styles could never enter. Unlike secular/mainstream rap, which frequently glorifies sex, drinking, violence and drugs, Christian Rap focuses on The One who can deliver you from all of those things.

Popular & Upcoming Christian Rappers

Essential Christian Rap Albums

  • Our World Redeemed - Flame - 2008 release with 16 tracks 
  • Dichotomy B - Grits - 2004 release with 13 tracks 
  • The Yearbook - KJ-52 - 2007 release with 19 tracks including the 2009 Dove Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year, "Do Yo Thang"
  • Rehab - LeCrae - 2010 release with 17 tracks 
  • Mansion - NF - 2015 release with 12 tracks 
  • Jumping In The House Of God - The World Wide Message Tribe - 1996 release with 12 tracks 
  • Portable Sounds - tobyMac - 2007 release with 13 tracks
  • The Good Life - Trip Lee - 2012 release with 15 tracks

More Christian Rap Albums to Check Out

Christian Rap Starter Songs

  • "So Far Gone" - Pro f/ Nya 
  • "Dig Deep" - Json
  • "I Hate You (Crack)" - Thi'sl
  • "Heaven's Runway" - Json f/ Fitzgerald 
  • "Raised In Harlem" - T-Bone 

Top Rap Picks

Christian Rap Radio Online

  • NGen Radio - You can take NGen Radio with you on your mobile phone (DROID or iPhone). Listen to artists like Trip Lee, Da' T.R.U.T.H. and Tedashii.
  • Jam the Hype - 24/7 online radio station that plays artists like PRo, Lecrae and Zkilag Boys

Christian Rap Music Videos

  • Da' T.R.U.T.H. f/ Tia Pittman - "Lost" (Watch)
  • Jin - "Angels" (Watch)
  • Jin - "Shoot For The Moon" (Watch)
  • Jin f/ God's Servant & Steve T - "Brand New" (Watch)
  • Lecrae - "All I Need Is You" (Watch)
  • Lecrae f/ Trip Lee - "Jesus Muzik" (Watch)
  • NF - "All I Have" (Watch)
  • S.O. - "So It Begins" (Watch)
  • S.O. - "Sure Thing" (Watch)
  • The Ambassador - "Pop Pop Pop" (Watch)
  • Thi'sl - "I Hate You" (Watch)
  • Thi'sl - "Windows Down" (Watch)
  • Thi'sl f/ Fitzgerald - "Hold On" (Watch)
  • Trip Lee f/ Lecrae - "I'm Good" (Watch)
  • Full list of Christian Rap Music Videos