People of all ages were filled with energy and excitement as Lecrae, along with Propaganda and DJ Promote, performed for his Higher Learning Tour at Moody Coliseum Thursday night.
The Christian hip hop/rap singer from Houston, Texas is a two-time Grammy Award-winning artist. Lecrae is also the first-time artist in Billboard chart history, who had his Anomoly album earn the No. 1 album spot on both the Gospel Albums and Billboard Top 200 list, according to his website.
“This tour allows me to be involved and inspire some of the most impactful and influential leaders of tomorrow,” said Lecrae a graduate of University of North Texas, in an interview with Hallels. “College is where many of the world-changing thoughts and ideas are birthed. I want my music and my message to help inspire those ideas.”
Propaganda and DJ Promote had successful performances as they amped up the audience before Lecrae led the remaining show.
Lecrae paused a few times during his performances to speak of his past experiences and gave inspirational advice to the audience.
Steph Muwangi, senior interior design major from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, said his favorite part was when the security guard allowed him to get closer to the stage.
Steph attended the concert with 14 other ACU students.
“We enjoyed the show tremendously,” Steph said. “I’m a huge fan of Lecrae and Propaganda, I sang along and knew all the songs that they performed last night. I was dancing so much and throwing my hands in the air, I think I lost weight.”
“I thought it was great,” said a freshman student from Abilene High School. “I liked the whole Christian hip hop mixed together because it gives two different feels and two different cultures.”
The arena had young teens, college students and parents who jumped, danced and sang along to the music while recording the performances with their phones.
Kaylan Johnson, a senior marketing major from West Columbia, Texas, said she loved the throwback songs such as “Background, Jesus Muzik and Go Hard” and her favorite was “All I Need Is You” which was a tribute to his wife.
“His concert was amazing and I love the way he’s teaching young people through his testimony,” Kaylan said.
Three ladies who went as a group said the concert was “awesome.” One lady from the group enjoyed the movement and the silence when Lecrae spoke. To her it was the most powerful because although the fun and excitement gets her pumped up, she preferred the truth when Lecrae spoke the Word. Her favorite part was when they said a prayer.
Keith Dodderer, the promoter for Live at the Park, has been promoting concerts for 13 years. Live at the Park, a ministry of Beltway Park Church, hosted the concert in Moody Coliseum. About 1,800 tickets were sold before the show started, said Keith.
There are no upcoming concerts at ACU hosted by Live at the Park. However, Newsboys will be performing at the Abilene Civic Center on April 28th.
“The important thing is that the message of the music gets out,” Dodderer said. “That’s the reason that I started promoting concerts 13 years ago, for the message, for youth and college students to have some good music performed live. And I’m thankful to ACU for allowing us to do this here.”
The audience yelled and hollered in agreement as Lecrae said to the audience, “Do things to be the change you want to see in this world.”
Lecrae’s Higher Learning Tour is set to cross 32 more college campuses in North America.