As one of Christian Hip Hop’s most talented rap artists, Trip Lee is a two-time Dove Award nominee and is currently signed with Reach Records, of which Lecrae, Andy Mineo and K.B. belong. As a recent attendee of Trip Lee’s Rise Tour concert I expected what anyone would expect from a concert, but left with an unexpected message from Lee about ‘taking life too seriously.’
The event organized by Clinton Powell of Fuzion Promotions opened up with a VIP meet and greet session in press conference style Q & A with Trip Lee.
“What does Manolo mean?”
“God is with us.” Lee describes how he was in the studio mumbling the word manolo and it sounded good, but wanted to figure what it meant and how he could make it work in a song. He thought about the shoes and eventually looked into it more and realized it is the Spanish equivalent for God is with us.
“What is one thing you have to ask God to continue to work on you?”
“Discouragement. I have chronic fatigue syndrome and sometimes it is discouraging. I know God is in control even over that syndrome. “
Performances included Trip Lee’s hits ‘Manolo’ and ‘One Sixteen’, in tandem with K.B.’s ‘100’, ‘Undefeated’ and my all time favorite ‘Zone Out’.
Between songs Trip Lee opened up about his life experiences and Christians ‘taking life too seriously.’
He explains when he first gave his life to Christ he went up to an older man and shared his enthusiasm for his faith and living the right way including sexual purity. He was met with the reply, “You’re taking life too seriously.” Although in the moment he felt crushed Lee says it turned up the fire and made him think about more reasons to follow Jesus.
He talked about the low expectations many young people have which is to do much of nothing citing responses such as, “I’m just trying to make it to the weekend’” and “My goal is to get as smashed as possible”.
In an excerpt regarding his book ‘Rise: Get up and Live in God’s Great Story’, he states:
“The world tells us that our early years are to be irresponsibly enjoyed rather than devoted to meaningful pursuits. We’re told that responsibility and commitment are burdens to be put off as long as possible. And so, most of us spend our youth in a sad state of slumber—sleeping in on life until we’re forced to get up. The problem is that life has already begun. It’s happening right now. And God has called you to live it.”
Lee says, “We shouldn’t wait until we get older to get more serious about life.”
He even mentioned the silent expectations from some Christians such as, “You can like Jesus, you just don’t have to obey him.” Lee makes his position clear on obeying Christ when others may think ‘it doesn’t take all that’. —And that is an unexpected message in today’s current ‘do as you feel’ society.