Lecrae released his latest album “All Things Work Together” on Friday, and he shared with Billbaord that the Mike Brown verdict, Sandra Bland, and Tamir Rice inspired songs on his latest album.
For the album’s title, you seemed to quote the scripture Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Was that intentional?
Yeah, it was intentional. It was personal, but then I was like, ‘How do I make it general, too?’ Because everybody may not know that scripture or understand the deeper meaning. I think everyone can relate to all things working together because it’s like going to military training and you come out on the other side better, stronger. For me, it’s the idea that God has a purpose and a bigger plan for everything that I’m going through so I just gotta get to the end of this and hopefully it’ll reveal itself.
What’s the story behind that title?
I went through hell — no pun intended — in 2015-2016, and it was just a tough time. The music I was putting out sounded really dark and emotional, but then I got to the other side and the light, the sun came out between the clouds in 2017 and I saw how everything kind of worked together. The pain and the suffering that I went through made me an activist, it made me stronger, it made me more compassionate.
What experiences inspired some of the songs on this album?
It all kind of started with the Mike Brown verdict, and I noticed that a lot of people did not take time to hear my perspective or hear my views, they just attacked. I was like, “I thought you were my supporters, my family, my fans,” but for them it was like, “Nah, we only support you in as much as you say the things we want to hear.” I was like, “Oh, so you don’t really like me. You like your version of me.”
Then Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland and a lot of those things. I was like, “Man, y’all can’t strip my faith away from me because we don’t agree, and you should be more mature than to throw a person away because you don’t agree with them.” I have plenty of friends I don’t agree with, but I’m still their friend and I still support them, and I just feel like if you really love me, you gotta love this aspect of who I am.
Lecrae’s latest album “All Things Work Together” is available now