Most people don’t care for rap music for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons is that the rappers speak so fast that it can be difficult to catch the words. Much of rap music doesn’t have words that are worth listening to. However there is a growing number of rap artists that are good at their craft and have words that all should hear. The heart of their music and their lives is the gospel of Christ.

On Saturday night, there was a concert at Club 3 Degrees in Minneapolis featuring Lecrae, Tripp Lee, Sho Baraka, Tedashi and Flame. This was the Don’t Waste Your Life Tour which will hit 25 cities.  It was standing  room only for almost 3 hours of music!  It was amazing to hear the gospel being done in rap. These artists are so genuine and it comes across in their songs, their demeanor. It was most impressive when they stopped a song for a discussion. The song was called “Send Me” and the whole place was chanting “I’ll go – Send Me.” It was an amazing to hear everyone getting into this phrase. But halfway through the song, they stopped the chanting and the music and the following was said;

“Everyone is chanting Send Me – I’ll go and it sounds great – but we don’t want everyone chanting this unless you are serious about God sending you anywhere to serve him. If you aren’t serious, don’t shout. You need to be serious. This is not something to take lightly.” They went on like this for a few minutes before they started the song again. I have a lot of respect for them to let all in the club know that it was a serious phrase and not to be taken lightly. The volume went down after that.

To hear the song and get a feel for the seriousness of their message, watch the video.  Please note that the pictures are fairly graphic –

For those who didn’t catch all the words in the video – here is a transcript of the words:

Shall they wait in vain?

Send me I’ll go,
send me I’ll go,
send me I’ll go,
lemme go lemme go!
(repeat x4)

I seen it with my own two,
There’s no way I can show you
A perfectly poverty stricken people with no views
And I bet you can’t believe that
They never heard of jesus.
Heard young butler, lil wayne, and young jeezy.

No one’s signing up to go on missions this summa.
Rather sit at home and watch exibit pimp in a humma
While a nine year old is shot down.
No one’s screaming ‘stop now!’
No bridge illustrations for criminals who on lock down.

People deep in africa
Looking for an answer bro
In china man,
They’re dieing man,
Until they know who died for sins
So look what grace did
Not for us to stay here
Inside our comfort zones
At home in mama’s basement

Get out on the grind y’all.
Ain’t no better time dog
I know y’all read the great commission
Let me just remind y’all
Make disciples of the nations
Teach ’em to obey the Lord
Have to lead someone to Christ before I face the Lord

Send me I’ll go,
send me I’ll go,
send me I’ll go,
lemme go lemme go!
(repeat x4)

Hey! After, 1,000 years in the west and the churches
Get’n bigger daily without understand’n worship
Some regenerated but a lot ain’t saved.
You walk outside and be surprised cuz the block ain’t changed
And the numbers they be get’n me
Something just ain’t hit’n them.
America ain’t Christian they practice’n the ritual.
That’s why we should be mission though.
Hey, what you think I’m spit’n for?
The united states is die’n
And in the east is looking pitiful

Some places if they catch you
They’ll arrest you they’ll serve you,
But they still need the word too
The gospel should be heard too
We claim we ain’t ashamed,
But we ain’t hit the block up
Were in our Christian bubble,
While our brothers get’n locked up.
Lord I wanna stock up,
Pack a bag and walk up
In a country where my faith may get me shot up
Anywhere I go, whether my city or far abroad
I just wanna show’ Christ the risen Holy God.

Send me I’ll go,
send me I’ll go,
send me I’ll go,
lemme go lemme go!
(repeat x4)

I know they’re die’n in the streets over in the middle east
Some kids sink in piece others hold’n up a piece.
If the violence doesn’t cease, then at least the deceased
Might know Jesus as their Savior as their bodies hit the streets
And I know this is a graphic view.
And I pray that it’s attack’n you.
Track’n you to act and do
What you see in the back illusion.
Mathew twenty-four and fourteen.
We should read it twice
Before we think that life is just a battle
See we free in Christ!
Look dog! Life is more than church work and football!
What if you were dead and seen that Christians Overlooked y’all!
This is why we leave the couch
And leave the comforts of our house
To show a die’n world a God they’ll probably never read about.

The great commission says make disciples of all nations.
Have we even made them in our own nation?
Come on Christians!
Missions exist because worship doesn’t.
People don’t worship the God who made them.
We’re ambassadors.
Let’s go!

Send me I’ll go,
send me I’ll go,
send me I’ll go,
lemme go lemme go!
(repeat x4)