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"I rapped about random stuff… how hot I was, how many girls I could pull," Lee said. But upon giving his life to Christ, at age 14, his focus changed from fortune, fame, and women to serving Jesus and sharing the Gospel. Trip Lee slowly realized he wanted Christ to be the center of his life. "One day, I just decided, I'm only doing Christian hip hop. Rappers like Ambassador and Da' T.R.U.T.H. helped provide a model for how I would begin to do that," he said. He also had a strong desire to learn and teach the Word of God, so he became a leader in his youth group where he preached his first sermon at age 17.
In 2004, Trip Lee met Lecrae at a concert; months later, after talking and building with each other, Lecrae began to disciple him. Lee signed with Reach Records, and his debut album, If They Only Knew, was released a few days after his high school graduation. His first full-length album introduced hip-hop fans to his distinct southern sound, unique delivery, and gospel-saturated lyrics. That same year, he was also featured on the Dove Award-nominated, Jesus Muzik with label mate Lecrae.
Hear his story in the video below:
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