Lecrae goes Gold: 'Anomaly' sells half a million units

The Recording Industry Association of America has announced that Lecrae's seventh studio album, Anomaly, is now certified Gold.

To go Gold, an album must sell 500,000 units. Other hip-hop artists whose albums have gone Gold over the past year include Meek Mill, Childish Gambino and Wale.

Reach Records released Anomaly on Sept. 9, 2014. The following week, the LP moved 88,000 units, earning the top spot on the Billboard 200.

Anomaly continued to move units in the following years, making it the first Christian hip-hop project to go — at least certified — Gold. (The RIAA certified GRITS's single "Ooh Ahh" featuring TobyMac Gold in 2014).

Upon its release, Anomaly earned positive reviews from Christian, hip-hop and mainstream critics alike.

Rolling Stone said, "He may not swear, but Anomaly is as hard-hitting as any rap record out right now."

HipHopDX declared, "Part of what makes Anomaly and its artist compelling musically is that he’s so bent on pushing against Hip Hop as he continues to become a bigger part of it."

And CCM Magazine said, "Anomaly levels the playing field between faith-based hip-hop and mainstream rap once and for all."

Anomaly took two years to go Gold, and its influence will continue to become apparent as the years go by.
About the Author
David Daniels is a columnist at Rapzilla.com. He has been published at Bleacher Report, The Washington Times, Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, CCM Magazine, HipHopDX, Global Grind and Sphere of Hip Hop.

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