Lecrae returned to television Friday night, performing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The gospel rap artist performed his track, "Welcome to America," which comes off of his chart-topping album, Anomaly, his seventh release. The album is nominated for three Grammy awards.
The first performance of the year for Jimmy Fallon's show was Big K.R.I.T. and Raphael earlier this week.
"Welcome to America" touches on many political issues, including slavery, taxes, guns, drugs and corporations.
A notable verse reads, "All I know is drugs and rap / I probably could have been some kinda doctor / Instead of holdin' guns and crack / I was born in the mainland / Great-grandpa from a strange land / He was stripped away and given bricks to lay / I guess you could say he a slave here / But I was made in America / So I don't know a thing about that / All I know is Uncle Sam lookin' for me working on his corner so I know I gotta pay tax / Getting paid in America / I was raised in America / And this is all I ever known / If I'm wrong then you better come save me America."
He ended the performance with a suggestion to the audience, advising fans to "go see Selma," shouting out the civil rights drama.
Lecrae is the only musician in history to release an album that reached Number One on the Christian charts, while at the same time, making the Billboard 200 list. He is a Christian soulful rapper who features very personal lyrics and is transcending genres with his music.
"People struggle with categories. Categories make us feel comfortable because it’s how we make sense of things in our minds," Lecrae says in his bio on Reach Records. "Sometimes, there's transcendence," in defying categories.
The rapper had his television debut on the Tonight Show in promotion of his latest album last year.
Always nice to see Jimmy Fallon invite a guest back a second time.
Check out the performance below: