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Grammy Award-winner Lecrae drops 'Church Clothes 3'

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Fri, Jan 15th 2016 07:50 pm
Lecrae has released `Church Clothes 3.` (Submitted photo)
Lecrae has released "Church Clothes 3." (Submitted photo)

Third installment of his celebrated mixtape series

Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae has released "Church Clothes 3," the highly anticipated third installment from his celebrated mixtape series. "Church Clothes 3" is available via Reach Records for digital purchase and streaming across all DSPs, including iTunes. Fans can also purchase a copy at DTLR stores, the lifestyle retailer exclusively carrying the physical release.

"Church Clothes 3" is executive produced by S1 (Kanye West, Jay-Z) and features guest artists E-40, N'Dambi, Propaganda, John Givez, JGivens, Jackie Hill Perry and Lecrae's label mate KB.

Lecrae is revealing the first visual for the project on YouTube.com/ReachRecords, a long-form video with a storyline that loosely touches on the life of a teenage gang member who gets shot and his friend contemplates revenge. The video features four songs from "Church Clothes 3," including "It Is What It Is," "Gangland," "Deja Vu" and "Misconceptions 3."

Lecrae's "Church Clothes" series has been met with critical praise and impressive chart success. "Church Clothes 1" soared to double-platinum status on the mixtape site DatPiff.com. Once released to iTunes, it debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Christian albums and gospel albums charts. "Church Clothes 2" accumulated over 100,000 downloads on DatPiff.com in two weeks, and debuted at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 chart, No. 1 on the Top Christian and gospel charts, and No. 3 on the top rap chart.

Lecrae, known for his music message that is often at odds with his hip-hop peers, speaks of monogamy, contentment and faith. His message spreads beyond his music, however. He's a sought-out guest speaker for major conferences and many professional sports teams.

On May 3, Lecrae adds author to his list of endeavors with the release of his memoir, "Unashamed." Fans who pre-order the book are given the choice of exclusive campaign items, including a song track by Lecrae, an "Unashamed 116" T-shirt, and more. Fans will claim their prize at UnashamedBook.com.

Tickets also went on sale for the "Higher Learning Tour." Featuring special guest DJ Promote, and on selected dates, Propaganda, Swoope and Liz Vice, the tour kicks off Feb. 9, stopping at more than 30 college campuses and in college towns across the country. For ticket information and a complete venue listing, visit Lecrae.com/Tour.

Lecrae's 2014 album, "Anomaly," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, rap, digital, Christian, gospel and independent charts. His seven studio albums and mixtapes have sold more than 1.5 million copies. He has been nominated for five Grammy Awards, and won in 2013 for Best Gospel Album and last year for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song. Lecrae has won seven Dove Awards, a Billboard Music Award, two Soul Train Music Awards, and he has a BET Hip Hop Awards nomination.

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