Trip Lee Speaks on Jay-Z's 'God' Title, Lupe Fiasco's Concepts & 'The Good Life' Album
strong ideas about what the good life is.
I noticed on the past albums you haven't really collaborated with people. Why is that?
The stuff I talk about, for instance, this album I want to fight against some of the ideas we've been taught about the good life. So say I get on a track with somebody, who, you know, they're going to be talking about those things as a good life. It's just going to be kind of a conflict of interest. I would be down to collaborate with certain people if we were able to do it in a way that, you know, what we're saying in the same song wouldn't contradict.
What does it mean to you to be a Christian rapper?
Well, I actually fell in love with hip-hop before I fell in love with Jesus. I'm a fan of hip-hop, I love hip-hop. I don't even necessarily want to call myself "Christian rapper." You know, I don't want to put myself in that little box. 'Cause the first thing that comes to mind for people is something I don't think I really am. I think I'm a dude, I'm a rapper, I love hip-hop, grew up in the hip-hop culture. I've loved hip-hop all of my life, but there came a time in my life when my entire life had a shift, where before I was just kind of going to church every now and then, then there was an actual change where I actually understood who Jesus was, actually understood the message of the Gospel and my entire life changed.
So I started thinking about what does this mean for the way I do my music now. I want my music to actually match up with what I believe now. So my goal is never to be in this little Christian rap box or for people to feel like they... when they put on my album they went to church. But I do want it to be, you know, consistent with the stuff I believe. So I'm a rapper, love hip-hop, part of hip-hop culture and it just so happens my art has been changed by