Lecrae has explained why he decided to delete a tweet that he wrote condemning violent and misogynistic hip-hop lyrics.
In an interview with VladTV, the rapper explained that he was left frustrated after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an 18 year old who committed a theft at a convenience store and was later fatally shot by a white police officer after a physical altercation in which Brown attempted to grab the officer's gun.
"I was frustrated at Mike Brown's murder, frustrated at people not understanding and not being sympathetic to black America and police brutality. I was just pissed off man at all of it," he said. "And then I got in my car and I just hear — I don't know what song came on but some song came on that was pushing an agenda. And I was just mad like, 'yo radio, like we're grieving right now."
Instead of hearing songs about drugs, Lecrae recalled wanting to hear more inspirational songs about hope. While he didn't want to condemn people in the hip-hop community, Lecrae wanted to convey the need for more balance.
That frustration three years ago led Lecrae to tweet this message: "Dear hip-hop, we can't scream 'murder, misogyny, lawlessness,' music and then turn around and ask for equality and justice."
The 38 year old later said he felt the need to remove that tweet because it was being taken out of context.
"For me, I was saying, 'Yo, we gotta have some balance here. It makes us look crazy from a certain perspective if we sit here talking about we want justice and we want hope," he told DJ Vlad this week. "Everybody deserves justice regardless of whether you're talking nonsense or not. I'm just saying, if we are communicating to our community that they're not valuable and we want to damage our own community — then how crazy does it look for us to say, 'respect our community and our community matters.'"
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