Something crazy happened last week. Something crazy happened the week before. They are absolutely related and breath taking.
It all started with Tobymac’s brand new album, Eye On It, becoming only the third Christian album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 albums list, meaning it sold more albums that week than any other album in the United States that week!
The following week it stayed up there pretty well, dipping only to #8, but guess who was up there at #3? Another favorite of the Christian hip hop community, the rising star Lecrae! The funny thing, from what I have been told, is that Lecrae actually sold more albums in the first week of his album, Gravity, than Tobymac did in the first week Eye On It was released.
One thing we can say for sure, Christianity has a chance to influence our culture with the gospel with hip hop now more than ever and possibly more than with any other genre. Sure, we’ve had a great influence in metalcore, but Underoath isn’t as popular as they once were and August Burns Red and the like seem to have reached their maximum potential, which is still great, they just aren’t selling as many records in a time when hip hop and pop music dominate the air waves.
Sure, there are plenty of Christian pop stars, with Owl City being a bright star in the world, not to mention pop stars who happen to be Christians, but don’t really share their faith in their music (Justin Beiber, The Jonas Brothers, Demo Lovato, etc).