Erica Campbell of Mary Mary has caused quite a stir over her new single "I Luh God." She recently spoke on the controversial "trap gospel" song with Tom Joyner.
Hip-hop fans familiar with the likes of Gucci Mane and T.I. have become familiar with the term "trap," which represents a gritty underworld of rap comprised of drugs, money and plenty of women. Campbell caught the attention of many when she decided to incorporate the sound often associated with trap music on her new single.
"I luh God, you don't luh God?... What's wrong with you?," she asks at the beginning of the track.
Since its release, Campbell has received a lot of flak for stepping outside of the boundaries of traditional gospel music.
"Wow is this what The Gospel of Jesus Christ has come to. Is this what worship has come to. Be not conformed to this world but be yet transformed by the renewing of your mind," one listener wrote under a performance of the song uploaded to YouTube.
Some have compared the song to previous releases by Kirk Franklin and God's Property, which include "Stomp" featuring Salt of the female rap duo Salt-N-Pepa.
During a recent interview on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Campbell spoke on the ongoing controversy.
"Everyone doesn't speak properly. Everyone doesn't live in a well-maintained manicured neighborhood. People live in rough neighborhoods and they speak how they speak. No matter where you are, you have to acknowledge that you're blessed. Everybody don't like it. Some people are upset about it, but they'll be all right. God don't live in a box. Why should I?," she explained.
What do you think of Erica Campbell's new song "I Luh God?" Do you think it's an effective way to reach younger generations? Or is the song taking gospel to another level? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.