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LECRAE PULLS THE PLUG ON MIXTAPE SERIES WITH FINAL, CHURCH CLOTHES 4

Before releasing the #1 album in the country, Anomaly (2014), multi-Grammy/Dove/Stellar Award-winning rapper Lecrae dropped arguably the most seminal project in his catalog, Church Clothes Vol. 1 (2012), hosted by DJ Don Cannon. In the ten years since the first Church Clothes mixtape dropped, no one has been able to surpass the heights that Lecrae has reached, crossing CHH over to the mainstream while enduring the blows and lows as Lecrae has.

While Lecrae didn’t start Christian Hip-Hop, he’s regarded as a trailblazer in the lane and has consistently released music that represents faith and hip-hop with an Unashamed edginess that challenges the Church to live up to its potential and encourages the Culture to reconcile with its Savior. Respected hip-hop magazine XXL complimented him, saying, “It’s impressive how he’s able to deliver a message without being preachy calling Church Clothes“a prime example of the reach of hip-hop music and culture.” The people spoke even louder, downloading the music for the original Church Clothes mixtape 100,000 times in 48 hours.

A decade later, the mission and vision remain the same for Lecrae. “Once upon a time, we had the vision to demonstrate what it looks like to be authentically hip-hop and a follower of Christ,” shares Lecrae. “We put that vision together in this project called Church Clothes; something for the streets but representing who we are as believers. Church Clothes resonated with people, and they connected with it. Some people say it’s my best work to date! We did Vol 1, 2, and 3, and it’s only right that we keep the legacy with Vol.4. Church Clothes 4 is the last one though!”

The first single from Church Clothes 4“Spread The Opps,” acknowledges the opposition and stands steadfast despite it. “I’ve been running for so long from the opposition. Since I was a kid, there were enemies, both physical and spiritual, that were trying to destroy me. I decided to stop running. This song, “Spread The Opps,” is me knowing that even in the valley of death, God is with me. He’s scattering the opposition.”

On “Spread The Opps,” the ominous production by DrumGod, JuanRa, Simbo, and DudeClayy, 808 drums pair with haunting vocals from students from AGI Entertainment. Under the direction of Natarsha Garcia, CEO/Artistic Director, BrandinJay, Creative Director and owner of Teddy Bear Productions, the students whose age ranges from 9 to 13 are all triple threats, chasing their dreams of becoming household names. Together they create the backdrop for a lyrical barrage from Lecrae.

Atlanta-based image-maker Ray “Neutron” Spears, director of the music video for “Spread the Opps,” says of the song. “’Spread the Opps’ feels like equal parts imprecatory psalm, personal excavation, and charitable warning— a final act of diplomacy. I found myself interested in his inner turmoil and specific inflection points on his journey of realization, how these experiences reverberate outside of Lecrae the individual, and their broader implications in society.”

Through the years, we’ve watched Lecrae reconstruct a vision of faith despite the large-scale shift towards mistrust and disillusionment within The Church in the wake of America’s racial tensions. As he delivers Church Clothes 4, Lecrae unapologetically stands at the crossroads of sacred and secular. People rocked with Church Clothes because it was the first time someone planted their feet simultaneously in the street and the Church without compromising. He laughs with those who have called him “Righteous and Ratchet,” acknowledging that “it is my lane, and this lane is completely acceptable.”

Lecrae “Spread the Opps” lyrics 

(Chorus)

Holy Father, God in Heaven 

Show your power, let it come

For your kingdom, and your honor

Through your Spirit, and your Son 

Spread the opps out, Spread the opps out, Spread the opps out 

Spread the opps out, Spread the opps out, Spread the opps out 

(Lecrae)

Oh I think they hate me, In my Bape tee 

Ain’t no pardons in the garden if you Snake me

You can’t break me, Trying to chase me

When its Rocky, I move ASAP

You can’t Drake me 

I’m fine I got my feet up, I ain’t never scared I put my heat up

I was outside in the drought no re up

Where my opps at, God gonna eat up

Ain’t never free us

Lock my family up, my momma told the judge he ain’t no killer 

It’s all good cause on that prison yard he preaching bout the healer 

Spread the opps out, now the cops out

Facing death, you want a plea But you can’t cop out

Now you locked out, I promised my God coming back when he do it’s a problem

Got his attention but you don’t want tension

You don’t want smoke, it’s too late 

You done got it 

(Chorus)

(Lecrae)

What’s your intentions 

I see your screws and the wrenches

You trying to break up the business 

Ruin on my witness

Spreading your lies and opinions

You don’t deserve my attention 

Yous a pretender 

We was so used to the cold 

That my momma gave birth to a winner 

Put all the opps on alert 

That we out of the trenches 

Them the demons do not get forgiveness

Pray for repentance 

For all my family thats sinning 

I ain’t the truth, I am a witness

I got some blood on my hands 

And dirt on my fingers 

You know that I gotta go get it, I gotta go get it 

Lord help me kill all my demons 

I look in the mirror and I seen them 

I had a BM, I forced her to get an abortion 

I pray when I die I can meet em 

They want me cheating

Tell me to open my DM’s 

Eat all this fruit that i’m seeing 

I got some people in prison I need go see them 

If it weren’t for the Lord I would be em 

Ya I know, They won’t catch me lackin 

See me off in traffic, Yeah I’m packing 

Got that oppa stoppa 

Apostolic ratchet

Bout that action 

Keep them 223’s 

But Jesus my assassin 

if you asking 

I’m still 116 until i’m in the casket 

I see my opps tryna to pop out 

They wanna pull every stop out 

Wait till my God spin the block

And He let off them shots 

he gonna air the whole spot out 

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