It’s the last single from his upcoming tape “Church Clothes 4”.
Lecrae was very open about the role Christianity played in saving his life. He used to be a heavy drinker and drug addict who did things like jump from third floor balconies for the kicks. His friends called him “Crazy Crae”. Now, he is among the most famous Christian rappers in the world, although he sometimes chafes at the term. On her brand new single “Do not be afraid” which debuted in the lower parts of the Genius Top Songs chart, Lecrae paints a vivid picture of a sinner finding salvation.
Produced by Juberlee, Cubeatz, Vinnyforgood and Lecrae himself, “Fear Not” has a chill horror movie vibe that’s perfect for late October. The intro, sung by what sounds like a children’s choir, even makes reference to Halloween.
Candlelight shines inside this pumpkin head
Waiting at the border
Please don’t be afraid or it’s gonna end
Lecrae’s opening verse is pure psychological horror. He sings rap from the perspective of someone who has done horrible things and doesn’t know how to redeem himself.
I laugh, I panic, my mind is wreaking havoc
I cry, I can’t handle, I’ve done my damage
I came, I saw, I killed, I am wild
My crime so heavy, my sin left baggage
At the end of the verse, Lecrae resigns himself to an untimely death.
Confession brings you peace, secrets make you weak
The devil likes to feast on all your sinful exploits
One drink too many, tell my mama “Peace”
Death deserves my feet, let me rest in peace
But then there is an interlude where we hear a woman reciting Psalm 23:4 and 6 in Portuguese. The passages end with the phrase, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”, and this sets up the redemption story of the second verse.
Don’t be afraid of these people, don’t be afraid of evil
They may mistreat us, but they will never take us away from Jesus.
He’ll never let them defeat us, they know they’ll never defeat us
God washed away all my hurt
Lecrae ends the verse with a reference to Psalm 23:4, which famously mentions the “valley of the shadow of death.” Many rappers have referenced the move over the years, including the late and great Coolio, who made it into his 1995 chart. “The gangster’s paradise.”
Walk in the valley, but the Lord is by my side
He heard my cry
“Fear Not” is about to appear on Lecrae Church vestments 4 mixtape, released November 4. The tape follows the 2020s Restorationwho Lecrae said will probably be his last studio album. In a tweet earlier this monthLecrae explained that his Church clothes the tapes are the “biggest representation” of who he is. “A child raised in Hip Hop culture who knew Jesus,” he wrote. “Both are part of who I am. I am what happens when Outkast meets the writings of Moses.
You can read all the lyrics to “Fear Not” on Genius now.