Christian rapper, producer and label CEO Lecrae has left Columbia Records.

The official announcement of his deal with the major label was made in May, 2016, which was before the success of his 7th album, Anomaly.

During the time of the release of his first single “Set Me Free”, from his yet-to-be released album Restoration, the Atlanta rapper was still affiliated to Columbia Records. Restoration album will now be released solely by Reach Records as Lecrae now has re-routed to his place of independence.

In a recent interview with Variety, Lecrae mentioned some reasons for his decision to break ties with Columbia Records. He spoke about not being able to release songs when he wants, not being able to publicly express opinions on societal matters, not being able to appear as a featured guest on another artist’s record without approval from the label management. These reasons may however be based on the fact that the label is grossly occupied with other various artists to give him the focus he would want. Columbia Records is home to over a hundred mainstream artists like, Beyonce, Adele, Lil Tjay, Lil Nas X, John Legend etc.

His forthcoming album will feature guests such as John Legend and Kirk Franklin, which is due to be released sometime this summer.

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