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Lecrae, the rapper known as much for his Christian themes as his Southern-style rhymes, made a little history in 2014 with his album “Anomaly,” which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and the gospel chart.

It’s a testament to his widespread appeal that people bought enough albums for him to top both charts. Recently, Lecrae released his latest mixtape, “Church Clothes Vol. 3,” and is embarking on his Higher Learning tour that will stop in Peoria this weekend.

Ahead of his show at Renaissance Coliseum on Sunday, the Journal Star caught up with Lecrae to talk about his career and music.

Q: Your latest mixtape came out in January — what were you trying to do with the music on that one?

A: I just wanted to use as few producers as possible. S1, who produced a lot of stuff for Kanye, Jay-Z and Beyonce, he’s a good friend of mine and he just did pretty much the whole project. It’s just hip hop, classic roots hip hop.

Q: And your memoir comes out later this year. What was the inspiration to write a book?

A: Really just being myself, trying to be who I was created to be. And when people are exposed to that, it helps them. It helps them to experience their own vulnerabilities and their weaknesses.

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