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33 Best Christian Rappers (Most Famous)

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Written By Will Fenton
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33 Best Christian Rappers (Most Famous)

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Are you looking for the best Christian rappers in the game?

Christian hip-hop is a mash-up between contemporary Christian music and the hip-hop genre.

It began its rise to popularity in the eighties, but religious themes have caused some controversy over the years.

Nonetheless, Christian rap has increased education and has allowed people a new way to enjoy their faith.

We hope you enjoy this article of the thirty-three best Christian rappers.

1. NF

Nathan John Feuerstein, who is better known by his stage name NF, is a rapper who began his career when he signed with Capitol Christian Music Group in 2014.

He was brought up on Christian hip hop and soon appeared on Christian hip hop artist Flame’s track “Start Over”.

The release of his debut EP NF put him on the map, charting at number twelve on the Christian Albums chart and number four on the Top Gospel Albums chart.

2. Lecrae

Lecrae Devaughn Moore, known monogomously as Lecrae, is a Christian hip-hop artist who states that his music is firmly in the hip-hop genre, but reflects his Christian faith.

In 2008 he released his third studio album Rebel, and it became the first ever Christian hip-hop album to reach the number-one spot on the United States Billboard Gospel Albums chart.

His sixth studio album Gravity was released four years later and has been coined by Atlanta Daily and Rapzilla as the most important album in Christian hip-hop history, cementing Lecrae’s status as one of the best Christian rappers.

3. Trip Lee

Trip Lee, known to his friends and family as William Lee Barefield III, is a Christian rapper and singer and one of the founding members of the 116 clique.

Before he began his musical career, he served as a pastor at his local Texas church.

He has won two awards in his time: one GMA Dove Award in the category of Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year for The Waiting Room and one Stellar Award in the category of Best Hip Hop Album for Between Two Worlds.

4. KB

Kevin Elijah Burgess, whose otherwise known as KB, is a Christian hip-hop artist and the leader of the hip-hop crew HGA.

He began his solo career in 2010 when he signed to the Florida label Reach Records.

His solo debut came with the release of his studio album Weight & Glory, which reached number one on the United States Billboard Gospel Albums chart and the United States Billboard Christian Albums chart.

5. Derek Minor

Derek Minor, whose stage name was formerly PRo, is a Christian hip-hop singer and rapper.

He was a founding member of the hip hop crew R.M.G, and formerly a member of 116 Clique.

He won a Grammy Award in 2013 for his production work on Gravity, a studio album by Lecrae, and has won three other awards.

His other awards include a Stellar Award in 2016 for Empire and a GMA Dove Award for Minorville.

6. Andy Mineo

Andy Mineo is a Christian hip-hop producer and rapper from New York City.

He embarked on a successful solo career in 2001, while also being a member of the hip-hop collective 116 Clique.

His debut solo studio album was released in 2013 and is titled Heroes for Sale.

It reached number one on the United States Billboard Gospel Albums chart, and also on the United States Billboard Christian Albums chart.

7. Tedashii

Tedashii Lavoy Anderson, who is known simply by his first name, is another Christian rapper who is a member of 116 cliques.

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He has released five studio albums throughout his career, with Blacklight and Below Paradise being his two most popular.

The former reached number one on the United States Billboard Top Christian Albums chart and the latter reached the top spot on the United States Billboard Gospel Albums chart.

8. tobyMac

Toby McKeehan, who is better known by the stage name TobyMac, is a contemporary Christian rapper and singer.

He began his career when he became a member of the rap trio DC Talk in 1987 until he embarked on a successful solo career in 2001.

He has since won three Grammy Awards in the categories of Best Rock Gospel Album, and two times for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Alive and Transported, Eye on It, and This is Not a Test respectively.

9. Sho Baraka

Amisho Baraka Lewis, who goes by the stage name Sho Baraka, is a Christian hip-hop rapper and a founding member of 116 Clique.

His solo debut came when he released the studio album Turn My Life Up in 2007, which charted in the Billboard Gospel chart.

His third studio album was his most popular release, titled Talented 10th.

It reached number one in the United States Gospel Albums chart and number five on the United States Billboard Top Christian Album chart.

10. KJ-52

Jonah Kirsten Sorrentino, otherwise known as KJ-52, is a Christian rapper from Florida.

His name came from his old rap name, King J. Mac, which he soon decided was too cheesy for his liking.

The ‘five two’ refers to the biblical ‘five loaves, two fish’ story.

He has won six GMA Dove Awards in the categories of Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year, and Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year for It’s Pronounced Five-Two, Behind the Musik (A Boy Named Jonah), KJ-52 Remixed, Five-Two Television, “Never Look Away”, and “Do Yo Thang”.

11. Bizzle

Mark Julian Felder, who goes by the stage name Bizzle, is a Christian hip-hop artist who rose to fame after releasing a track titled “You Got Some Explaining to Do” that came at Jay-Z for his negative speech patterns towards Christianity and Jesus.

He released his debut studio album in 2011, titled Tough Love & Parables, and it soared to number fifteen on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart.

His second studio album The Good Fight reached number two on the same chart and began Bizzle’s upward trajectory.

12. GAWVI

Gabriel Alberto Azucena, who is better known by his stage name GAWVI or formerly G-Styles, began his career as a Christian hip-hop artist by doing production work for other artists of the same faith, including Lecrae and Trip Lee.

In 2019 he won the GMA Dove Award for Rap/Hip Hop Recording of the Year for his single “Fight For Me”, which featured Lecrae.

It reached number twenty-four and twenty-five respectively on the Billboard Top Christian Albums and Christian Airplay charts.

13. Canton Jones

Canton Jones is a Christian hip-hop artist from Florida.

He began his career by launching his own record label in the gospel genre, named CAJO International.

He released his first couple of albums independently on this label.

His debut was released in 2002, titled 20 Years 3 Months 12 Days, and his second, The Password, was released in 2004. 

14. Manafest

Christopher Scott Greenwood, otherwise known by his stage name Manafest, is a Christian rapper.

He has won ten awards throughout his career, including many Album of the Year and Song of the Year titles.

His most successful studio album was The Moment, which he released in 2014.

It reached number eleven on the United States Top Heatseekers chart and number thirteen on the United States Top Christian Albums chart.

15. Hulvey

Christopher Michael Hulvey, who is known simply by his surname, is a Christian singer who made his debut with his studio album Christian.

It peaked at number eight on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart when it was released, making it his most popular.

He has featured on many popular Christian songs with other artists, including “No Longer Bound” with Forrest Frank and “Higher Power” by Crowder.

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16. Swoope

Lawrence Allen Swoope II, known by his surname, is a Christian rapper who began his career as a member of the rap crew W.L.A.K., as well as High Society.

His solo debut studio album was released in 2012 and is titled Wake Up.

His second studio album was his most popular and was released two years later in 2014.

Titled Sinema, it reached number one on the United States Gospel Albums chart and landed in four other charts in the country.

17. Chance the Rapper

While Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, otherwise known as Chance the Rapper, does not identify as being part of the Christian hip-hop community, many of his fans disagree.

He refers to Christianity in many of his hits and speaks openly about his faith.

He has received twenty awards during his career, including three Grammy’s for himself, Colouring Book, and “No Problem” which features Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz. 

18. Guvna B

Isaac Charles Bortey Borquaye, who is better known by his stage name Guvna B, made his name as the first Christian rapper in history to top the Official Christian and Gospel Albums charts with his album Odd1Out, released in 2013.

He has won eight awards, including the title of Best Gospel Artist/Act seven times.

This has allowed him to work with some big names, including Wretch 32, Michelle Williams, Matt Redman, and Andy Mineo.

19. T-Bone

Rene Francisco Sotomayor, who goes by the stage name T-Bone, is a Christian rapper who has won numerous awards for his contribution to the Christian hip-hop genre.

Among his awards are three Grammy nominations and several Song of the Year wins.

His 2015 studio album Bone-A-Fide was his fifth album release and soared the number twenty-five on the Billboard Christian Albums chart and number forty-four on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.

20. Uncle Reece

Maurice Hicks Jr., who is better known as Uncle Reece, is a Christian rapper who released his first and only studio album Bold in 2014.

It was an immediate breakthrough, reaching number nine on the United States Gospel chart and number thirty on the United States Christian chart.

It has since been nominated for Song of the Year at the Stellar Awards.

21. Thi’sl

Travis Tremayne Tyler, who adopted the stage name Thi’sl when he began his career in 2007, is a Christian hip-hop artist.

His debut studio album Chronicles of an X-Hustler kickstarted his career when it rose to number twenty-three on the US Gospel chart.

He has released six other albums, including the popular Fallen King, released in 2014.

It reached number four on the United States Top Gospel Albums chart and charted on three other charts in the country.

22. Danny Rodriguez

Danny Rodriguez, who uses the alias D-Boy Rodriguez, was a Christian rap artist who was mainly active in the eighties.

He was murdered in 1990 but left a big impact on the Christian hip-hop industry as a whole. The case remains open.

He has three studio albums; Plantin’ a Seed, The Lyricla Strength of One Street Poet, and Peace to the Poet.

The latter was released posthumously, and many artists, including Ice Cube and tobyMac, collaborated on an album to honor his memory.

23. Mali Music

Kortney Jamaal Pollard, who is best known by his stage name Mali Music, is a Christian hip-hop artist with a Grammy win in the category of Best Gospel Performance Song for “Movin’ On” with Jonathon McReynolds.

His most popular studio album is Mali Is…, which reached number two on the United States Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart and number sixteen on the Billboard Hot 200.

24. Antonio Neal

Antonio Neal is a rapper from Illinois whose talents span the genres of Christian R&B, Christian hip-hop, urban gospel, and black gospel.

He holds two awards for his production and songwriting work on songs with other artists.

His discography contains five studio albums; Issues of Life, Songs of Love, Days of My Life, Bible Megamix, and Welcome Home EP.

25. V. Rose

Vienna Rose Dare, better known by her stage name V. Rose, is a Christian electronic dance and Christian rap artist.

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She has so far released six studio albums, with her fourth and fifth releases being the most popular.

Forever After and Young Dangerous Heart were released in 2014 and 2016 respectively, and were her first charting albums.

The former reached number twenty-eight on the US Top Christian Albums chart and the latter reached number thirty-nine.

26. Alex Faith

Alex Faith is a Christian hip-hop rapper and singer who began his career as a member of the rap crew W.L.A.K.

His first-ever appearance was on a mixtape of Sho Baraka’s, which put him on the map as a Christian artist.

His solo debut studio album ATLast was released in 2013 and charted on five different charts in the United States, including reaching number four on the US Top Gospel Albums chart. 

27. Corey Paul

Corey Paul Davis is a Christian hip-hop rapper from Texas who debuted on the Billboard charts right off the bat.

His debut studio album Grace Loves Mercy was released in 2013 and reached number thirty-nine on the United States Gospel Albums chart.

His second and most recent studio album, titled Today, Tomorrow, Forever, was released two years later in 2015 and reached number sixteen on the United States Billboard Gospel Albums chart.

28. nobigdyl.

nobigdyl., known to his friends and family as Dylan Phillips, discovered Christian hip hop at a young age, gaining Derek Minor – a Christian rap star – as his mentor.

He soon landed a record deal after featuring on many of Minor’s singles and albums.

His debut studio album came in 2017 and was titled Canopy.

The album proved popular and lead to two further albums, Solar and LOWERCASE TAPE.

29. Kirk Franklin

Kirk Dewayne Franklin, is a choir director, gospel singer, and Christian rapper known for leading urban contemporary gospel ensembles.

He has won an incredible nineteen Grammy Awards, including Best Gospel Song, Best Gospel Album, and Song of the Year.

His debut studio album God’s Property from Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation topped the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart and the US Billboard Gospel Albums chart upon its release, and was certified triple platinum by the RIAA.

It lead to six consecutive number-one studio albums, with some of them being awarded platinum certification for sales of over one million records.

30. K-Drama

Anthony Regis Jones, who goes by the stage name K-Drama, is a Christian hip-hop rapper whose career began in 2006 upon the release of his debut studio album Threat 2 Society.

His most successful studio album is We Fit: The Workout Plan which charted in the United States Christian, Gospel, and Heatseekers album charts at number forty-one, thirteen, and forty-two respectively.

31. Soup the Chemist

Christopher Jose Cooper is a Christian rapper who adopted the stage names Soup the Chemist or Super C.

He has been coined a pioneer of the Christian hip-hop movement and began his career as a member of the crew Soldiers for Christ.

He released his solo debut in 2000 with his studio album Dust, followed by Eargasmic Arrangments in 2003.

Cooper claims his inspiration to begin a music career came from the film Wild Style, which is widely regarded as a hip-hop culture movie. 

32. Krum

Douglas William Krum, Jr., who is better known by his stage name Krum, or formerly Harry Krum, is a Christian hip-hop artist who began his career in 2002 upon the release of his debut studio album Lonely Superstar.

He went on to release eight further studio albums but still hasn’t managed to reach the Gospel/Christian Billboard charts.

Still, he has been a trailblazer in the sound of Christian hip-hop.

33. JGivens

Jeremiah Timothy Givens, who is best known by his stage name JGivens, Is a Christian hip-hop rapper signed to the Humble Beast record label in Los Angeles.

He has since released four studio albums; Run, El v. Envy, Fly Exam, and Domino.

Prior to this, he was featured on Lecrae’s mixtape Church Clothes 3.

Unfortunately, his career abruptly ended when he released that he was addicted to drugs, gay, and had tested positive for HIV.

Best Christian Rappers – Final Thoughts

That was our list of the thirty-three best Christian rappers who have revolutionized the genre and made it what it is today.

These artists have made their way into the mainstream and helped the rise in popularity of Christian hip-hop.

We hope you enjoy checking them out.

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Will Fenton

Introduced to good music at a young age through my father. The first record I remember being played was "Buffalo Soldier" by Bob Marley, I must've been six years old. By the time I was seven, I was taking drum lessons once a week. The challenge but the euphoric feeling of learning a new song was addicting, and I suppose as they say the rest was history. Favorite album of all time? Tattoo You by The Rolling Stones Best gig you've ever been to? Neil Young at Desert Trip in 2016 Media mentions: Evening Standard Daily Mail

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