31 Best Christian Rappers

Similar to other forms of hip-hop, Christian hip-hop features addictive rhythms and great melodies. That said, it’s often set apart by its uplifting nature; it is of course often deeply spiritual due to the rapper’s faith in God.

Keep reading to learn about the best Christian rappers in the world.

1. Lecrae

Lecrae

Lecrae Devaughn Moore is the most famous name in the Christian hip-hop world. He was born on October 9, 1979, in Houston, Texas. His uniqueness lies in that he began his life as an atheist and only found meaning in God and Christianity after extensive introspection.

Lecrae’s mother was a single parent, so his grandmother often took him to church on Sundays. But he was a victim of sexual abuse by a babysitter when he was a child. He even began abusing drugs in his youthful years. He adopted music as a therapy for abuse, substance abuse, and despair.

Lecrae frequently leverages his life experiences in songs to serve as a source of motivation and encouragement to the youths. He is an accomplished rapper, the C.E.O., and co-founder of the revolutionary record label known as Reach Records.

The two-time Grammy winner has ten studio albums, six singles, and four mixtapes. His album Gravity won the Grammy for Best Gospel Album in 2012, while the song Messengers won Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song in 2014. Furthermore, he bagged the G.M.A. Dove Award for Artist of the Year in 2015.

Besides being very active in volunteer initiatives, Lecrae has published two books describing his life and Christian beliefs. Nearly all of his albums have debuted at number one on Billboard’s chart of Top Christian Albums.

2. NF

NF

The rapper’s real name is Nathan John Feuerstein, born on March 30, 1991, in Gladwin, Michigan.

Following his parent’s separation, the rapper spent a better part of his life not being around his father. Nevertheless, after learning that his ex-wife’s husband was assaulting Nathan, his father eventually took him away from them.

N.F.’s music is popular among Christians who enjoy rap because of its appealing beats and relatable lyrics. His mom passed away in 2009 from drug use, and he sang “How Could You Leave Us” as a dedication to her. The song emphasized his internal conflict with his mother’s drug use and his attempts to understand why her love for drugs surpassed that of her son.

N.F. claims that negative events have made him the God-fearing man he is today. Currently, NF has six studio albums. The rapper amassed such a large fan base that his fourth studio album, The Search, dethroned Chance the Rapper’s L.P. The New Day was the number-one album on the Billboard 200 in 2019.

In 2016, N.F. ‘s album Therapy Session bagged the G.M.A. Dove Award for Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year. His authentic and moving lyrical lines greatly propel the rapper’s growth in the limelight.

Furthermore, his single “Oh Lord” won the Dove Award. In October 2017, N.F.’s third studio album, Perception, premiered at number one on the Billboard 200. His most successful hit to date, “Let You Down,” reached number 12 on the Hot 100 in February 2018.

3. Andy Mineo

Andy Mineo

Andy is a Christian rapper, producer, music executive, and clergyman. Many fans know him as a member of the 116 Clique group. Andy was born on April 17, 1988, in Syracuse, New York, and he’s presently under Reach Records.

Even though Andy had been a believer since childhood, he came to terms with the fact that he was spiritually weak throughout his time at university. At some point, he took a short break from recording to focus on his spiritual growth as a Christian.

The rapper released his mixtape titled Formerly Known, which has a positive reception from fans. His studio albums, Heroes for Sale (2013) and Uncomfortable (2015) charted on the Billboard 200 at number 11 and 10, respectively.

The rapper released an E.P. titled Never Land in 2014. The E.P. reached number 13 on the Billboard 200, winning him the Dove Awards Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year. His most recent release, Work in Progress, debuted in September 2019 and is at position two on the Top Christian Albums chart.

4. Flame

Flame

Marcus Tyrone Gray, well-known by his stage name Flame, was born on September 16, 1981, in St. Louis, Missouri. In his early years, Flame would use his leisure time to write raps as spiritual songs. He reworked the songs into hip-hop later on.

It wasn’t long before he caught the attention of Cross Movement Records, who offered him a publishing deal. Flame released his first self-titled album under their management in 2004. After removing the other four albums under the management, Flame set up his label known as Clear Sight Music.

The rapper’s 2008 release titled Our World: Redeemed won nominations for a Grammy, G.M.A. Dove, and Stellar awards. His other major urban releases include Rewind (2005), Our World: Fallen (2007), Captured (2010), The 6th (2012), Royal Flush (2017), Forward (2015), God Knows (2018), and Extra Nos (2020).

5. KB

KB

Kevin Elijah Burgess, popularly known as K.B., was born on July 21, 1988, in St. Petersburg, Florida. After that, his family moved to southern Illinois, where they spent around eight years. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in a Bible college, where he collaborated with other rappers to form the hip-hop group HGA, which stands for “His Glory Alone.”

In 2010, the rapper secured a recording contract with Reach Records. He later released a collabo titled “Go” featuring Lecrae. Ever since, he has released many songs as a solo artist. Nevertheless, he is still a member of HGA. K.B. has several studio albums, an E.P., and a mixtape.

His music, which draws heavily on trap music’s sonic inspiration, is hard-hitting and has a strong message.

The rapper’s Weight & Glory studio album, in 2012, debuted at number 1 on the Top Christian Albums chart and reached number 34 on the Billboard 200. In 2015, his subsequent album, Tomorrow We Live, debuted at number 1 on the Top Christian Albums chart and reached number 18 on the Billboard 200.

K.B. released his fourth studio album, titled His Glory Alone, at the height of Covid-19 in the year 2020. He regards the album to be his work’s cornerstone. “Church Clap,” “Hold Me Back,” and “No Chains” are among the rapper’s most well-known songs.

The rapper strives to incorporate the three things that mean the most to him (prayer, God, and music) in his tracks to strengthen, inspire, and restore believers.

6. Chance The Rapper

Chance The Rapper

Although he’s a Christian, Chance The Rapper has more mainstream acclaim than he has in the Christian rap community. The scope of his appeal makes him among the most popular and financially successful rappers on this list.

Chance has not had an easy time with his spiritual journey. Throughout the years, his songs have referenced his faith and challenges. Nevertheless, the rapper decided to rededicate his life to God following his daughter’s birth, who was diagnosed with atrial flutter.

Chance has established himself as a Christian rapper but remains cautious to avoid fitting into particular stereotypes. The rapper’s 2016 mixtape Coloring Book is his best work to date. The record got numerous positive reviews and debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 200. Furthermore, it bagged three Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album.

He has worked with renowned musicians such as Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Justin Bieber. The rapper’s single with the highest number of streams is Holy featuring Justin Bieber. Other popular songs include No Problem, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, Juke Jam, Justin Bieber, and Towkio.

7. BJ The Chicago Kid

BJ The Chicago Kid

The rapper has worked with mainstream hip-hop superstars like Kanye West, Freddie Gibbs, and Schoolboy Q. He kickstarted his career as a backup singer for various musicians, including Stevie Wonder and Mary J. Blige. After that, he launched a great career as a solo artist.

His musical style has an R&B and neo-soul vibe that incorporates his religious beliefs. Apart from his vocal abilities, the rapper is open about discussing the dog’s love for him. Some of the rapper’s most well-known songs include “Church,” “Turnin’ Me Up,” and “His Pain.”

8. TobyMac

TobyMac

Toby McKeehan, better known by his stage name TobyMac, is among the pioneers of Christian rap. Since the release of his first album in 2001, he has grown into one of the most reputable Christian rappers in the industry. He became prominent for being a member of the Christian rap-rock group D.C. Talk. After that, he launched a fulfilling career as a solo artist.

TobyMac is among the best-selling Christian rap artists because his catalog includes several albums. He also has more than 10 million record sales. His reputation stretches far beyond the Christian charts and into the secular Billboard charts, demonstrating his ability to appeal to listeners of all faiths.

The rapper’s 2012 album, titled Eye on You, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album charts. In addition, he is a seven-time Grammy awards winner. His famous songs include “Love Broke Thru,” “Speak Life,” and “I need U.”

9. Derek Minor

Derek Minor

Rapper, producer, and music industry executive Derek Minor is gaining traction in the Christian and mainstream music communities. Two of his albums have appeared on the Billboard 200, with his breakthrough 2016 release titled Reflection reaching number five on the Top Rap Albums chart.

Some professional sports teams, such as the Los Angeles Chargers, the Los Angeles Rams, and Philadelphia Eagles, have used the rapper’s energizing and encouraging music. Apart from his solo projects, he has also worked with Lecrae, KB, and Andy Mineo.

Besides being a musician, Derek Minor is a businessman and a humanitarian. He’s the founder of Refugee Music Group and has investments in various companies throughout the U.S.

One of the reasons why the rapper has become well-known is the emotional depth and resonant themes he explores in his lyrics. Some of his most famous songs include “Change the World,” “Party People,” and “Ready Set Go.”

10. Guvna B

Guvna B

Isaac Borquaye, best known by his stage name Guvna B, is the most popular United Kingdom Christian rapper. Born in London, Guvna B is also a renowned presenter and author. Since 2008, the rapper has released nine studio albums, demonstrating his phenomenal productivity as a recording artist.

Throughout his career, he has won the highly prized MOBO Award for Best Gospel Artist category on four occasions. Guvna B says that his background drove him to desire to have a significant effect through music.

Due to exposure to so much negativity, he made it his mission to encourage others to rise above their circumstances and become the best versions of themselves.

His most well-known songs include “Nothing But The Blood” and “Everyday.”

11. Tedashii

Tedashii

Tedashii is a legendary Christian rapper who hails from Texas. He has been a member of 116 Clique since 2006 and has seven albums under his name.

The rapper’s most popular release is the 2011 album titled Blacklight, which debuted at number 63 on the Billboard 200 list, reached number two on the Gospel Albums chart, and number one on the Top Christian Albums chart.

His subsequent 2014 release titled Below Paradise was again a huge success, reaching number 17 on the Billboard 200, number two on the Top Christian Albums, and number one on the Gospel Albums charts. The wonderful album delves into the rapper’s spiritual hardships following the loss of his one-year-old son in a road accident.

The rapper’s most successful single hits include “Get Out My Way,” “Gotta Live,” and “Dum Dum.”

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