Lecrae’s Next Album Single Breaks Down How Being Broke Made Him Rich (Audio)

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Next week, Lecrae will release All Things Work Together. After grabbing his first #1 with 2014’s Anomaly, the Reach Records star hopes to do it again. While he’s definitively at the top, the veteran MC says he would not be if he did not struggle first.

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Latest single “Broke” shows why. Produced by T-Minus (Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools,” Drake’s “The Motto”), the record is a charged listen. With what sounds like splashes of some ’80s R&B/Jazz, the song features energetic, emphatic rapping with a beat to match.

The first verse captures not only Lecrae’s story, but his rising message within Hip-Hop over the last decade. “Never fell in love with the Coco / Never had to hold up the store with the .44 / Never had the door kicked in by the Feds / While I’m laying in the bed / On the bread that I’m gon’ blow / But I do know what it feel like to go to school with the knock off shoes / Eating free lunch, try’na act all cool, boy you better know that we paid our dues / Never would I trade that, nah, ’cause it made me better, it could have made me bitter / Can’t buy that struggle, can’t name no figure, but it made me richer / Being broke made me rich, and being low made you quit / But being low made me high, take time if you want this.”

Lecrae is now backed by Columbia Records.

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