The Best West Coast Christian Rappers in History
Christian hip-hop has had an important presence on the West coast for many years now, although the genre continues to bleed into the secular industry. Even its biggest star, Lecrae, seems to be poising himself for a mainstream invasion. Hey, everyone wants to stay culturally relevant; after all, one suspects there are plenty of youth pastors out there with The Chronic and Doggystyle on their iPods.
So even though it's not always exactly clear what Christian rap is, here are the four artists we feel are the genre's strongest artists, in West Coast history.
4. Braille of Beautiful Eulogy
Braille started out as a pensive loner who wore his heart on his sleeve. His first album, 1999's Lifefirst: Half The Battle, was a lo-fi boom bap diary of a Portland, Oregon man wrestling with his new Christian identity. Fourteen years later, Braille's voice matured and his songs developed more conviction and complexity. His voluminous seven album catalog (not including his work with folksy hip-hop crew Beautiful Eulogy) showcases Braille's writing ability. He can put the listener in a state of heartbreaking sadness (Weapon Aid) or defiant optimism (Shades Of Grey). Our recommendation? Cloud Nineteen, which showcases everything that makes Braille a stunning lyricist.