Lakers PG Jeremy Lin Endorses Rapper Lecrae and ‘Anomaly’ Album

On Tuesday, Jeremy Lin’s pregame warm-up playlist will be released, at least a sizeable portion of it.

His favorite rapper, Lecrae, will drop his seventh studio album titled Anomaly.

Lecrae, 6’4”, can dunk. Lin, 6’3”, can too.

But this isn’t why Lin, an outspoken Christian, identifies with Lecrae’s music. It’s because of their shared faith. Lecrae won the Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album in 2013.

When Lin was still in school, his older brother Josh introduced him to Lecrae through the song “Prayin’ For You.” Years later, Jeremy needed inspiration as he fought for his NBA life as an undrafted rookie in 2010. His success of signing with the Golden State Warriors was followed by starting the season on the inactive list and being sent to the D-League three times.

“This was one of the low points in my life,” said Lin, “if not the lowest point.”

That fall, Lecrae released his fourth studio album, Rehab, and it contained the inspiration that Lin needed: the song “Background.”

“I was struggling so much in the trenches,” said Lin. “And then I heard the song,” which is about, as Lin applied it, “Letting God take the lead, surrendering my life to him and letting him work through me.”

"Background" became his theme song.

“That’s incredible. That’s exactly what I need to hear,” said Lin. “I kept listening to that song. I got sent to the D-League. I was getting benched—all these different things, all these tough scenarios. That song reminded me God has my back. God has the lead. I’m his servant. I’m his steward. I will go where he calls me to go, and I will do what he calls me to do. That was really, really impactful for me.”

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