Lecrae Brings Reformed Rap to Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show… Again

On his second late-night stint, rapper's remixed song features quotes from MLK

“Jimmy Fallon made good on his promise have the Reformed Christian rapper back on the program, a few months after Lecrae sat in with Fallon’s house band, The Roots. This time, he took the stage with DJ Promote (who has collaborated with Christian rappers and worship bands alike) to perform “Welcome to America,” remixed to feature clips from MLK’s 1968 “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.”

 
With images of an American flag flashing behind him and quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. playing in between verses, Lecrae performed a timely selection from his chart-topping 2014 album on The Tonight Show Friday.

Jimmy Fallon made good on his promise have the Reformed Christian rapper back on the program, a few months after Lecrae sat in with Fallon’s house band, The Roots.

This time, he took the stage with DJ Promote (who has collaborated with Christian rappers and worship bands alike) to perform “Welcome to America,” remixed to feature clips from MLK’s 1968 “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. A video of the performance is available on The Tonight Show website.

After the song, Lecrae mouthed to viewers to “Go see Selma,” the acclaimed civil rights drama that released nationwide the same day.

He described “Welcome to America” to MTV News, saying:

‘Welcome to America’ is a special song because I think everyone has a unique perspective on America. I wrote the song from three different perspectives…You’ve got a guy who’s from one community, another guy from a completely different community and then you’ve got a person who’s not from America and [it’s] their perspective on what America is. Everyone sees it differently, through different lenses, and it makes us take a step back and look at ourselves.

#LecraeOnFallon and #WelcometoAmerica trended in the U.S., as Christian fans applauded his performance. Blogger Jon Acuff posted an image from the show’s closing, depicting Lecrae standing beside Fallon and motioning to the heavens. “How do you survive fame? How do you survive the spotlight?…” Acuff asked. “You point up when pointing at yourself would be easier. Loved seeing that tonight @lecrae.”

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