'Deep End' Lecrae Official Music Video

'Deep End' Lecrae Official Music Video

In this powerful music video, Lecrae shares his new song ‘Deep End.’

“Uh, stay on point, I've been tryna save my voice, but y'all gave me no choice
The world gone mad, can't ignore this noise, look at these people found dead in the streets
I got some partners that hate the police, me, I'm just tryna hold onto my peace
'Cause I'm liable to lose it and go get the piece, I need a reason, I need a season”

The vulnerable lyrics in ‘Deep End’ detail how Lecrae has felt while dealing with racial trauma in the evangelical sphere. The Christian rapper has been using his voice to call for an end to racial injustice for years, ever since the officer-involved fatal shooting of Philando Castile back in 2016. He has continued his social advocacy since the death of George Floyd, who was recently killed by a police officer during an arrest in Minneapolis.

The music video shows images of civil rights protests from the 1960s, like the Selma to Montgomery march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965. There are also images of people who have been protesting around the nation this past month against police brutality.

Along with the protest scenes, the video shows photos of the people who have been killed by police like Breonna Taylor, who was a 26-year-old African-American EMT who was shot while she was sleeping in her bed after officers entered the wrong home with a no-knock search warrant. Tamir Rice was also shown in the video, and he was a 12-year-old African-American boy who was killed in Cleveland after an officer shot him while he was playing with a toy gun in a park.

“For me Crae's most credible talent is how he uses his pain to be a voice for the voiceless and how he straight talks about facts most Christians are not willing to speak,” writes one person on YouTube after watching the video.

“God break down the racial wall in this country. Let your love come and dwell where hatred currently resides,” comments another person on YouTube. “Bring a spirit of unity to a broken nation and serve Your justice where justice is due. Let the value of all your children be clearly seen when eyes meet.”

On his Twitter, Lecrae shared some of his thoughts right before the ‘Deep End’ single was released.

“A couple years ago my childhood trauma came to a head. I felt abandoned and turned my back on everything and everyone I loved, including God. He was gracious to me. I wanted a transactional escape from my pain, depression, and anxiety. God is not transactional though, he’s relational,” Lecrae writes.

“I began my journey of restoration. As we approached 2020, I was positive that this would be a phenomenal year, only to find myself with more problems, more issues and more unrest.
2020 has been a difficult year…I have found myself in immense pain over the past couple months from the effects of the pandemic to the perpetuation of injustice and racism in America.
As I navigate my struggles, I am realizing that restoration is ongoing. It’s not a season, it’s a lifestyle. Restoration is choosing to walk with God continually as you walk through a world with deep rooted, damaged flesh. Yes, I’m tired. Yes, I’m hurt. Yes, I’m fighting for hope every day. If I’m honest, some days I’m just trying not to go off the deep end.”

May we all hear the cries of our brothers and sisters and acknowledge their pain. We are all broken and imperfect people, but may we always look to Christ and emulate his love for others.

Psalm 91:1-2
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’”