Grammy-winning artist takes concert to Waco Hall tonight

Lecrae backstage at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. (Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

By Helena Hunt, Staff Writer

Grammy-winning Christian rapper Lecrae, will perform at 7 p.m. in Waco Hall after an opening by fellow Christian rapper and Baylor alumnus Tedashii.

Bringing Lecrae to Baylor is part of a recent push to diversify the line-up of on-campus performers. The black community at Baylor has been integral to bringing artists like Lecrae to perform here.

Sugar Land junior Nsela Ndando, who was part of the original effort to bring Lecrae to campus, said she is excited to finally see him perform.

“It feels really good and really cool, like we’re finally being heard,” Ndando said. “I’m just excited to get to hear him in person. I think it’s going to be really cool, and it’s really great to see him not only in person, but on our campus.”

Ndando said she and other members of the black community have been trying to get Lecrae to come to Baylor for years. She recognizes the significance of bringing an artist of his fame and caliber to campus, and hopes that it will be part of a larger effort to integrate the black and white communities at Baylor.

Lecrae’s concert was announced in mid-September. His appearance at Baylor is part of his Anomaly tour. Tedashii, a Baylor alumnus and fellow Christian rapper, will be opening tonight’s concert.

Lecrae’s latest album, “Anomaly,” recently topped the Billboard 200 Album Chart, a rare feat for a Christian performing artist. In 2012, the rapper won the Grammy for the Best Gospel Album.

Tickets for the concert are available for both students and members of the Waco community. The concert is meant to bring together both Baylor and Waco communities for the night on campus. Tickets are available for purchase at Baylor Student Activities’ box office.

“We had a lot of outreach efforts to sell tickets and promote the show,” said Matt Burchett, director of Student Activities. “We did radio ads, newspaper ads, what have you.”

Tickets are back to $25 for balcony seats and $35 for floor seats after a discount slashed prices earlier this week. On Monday ticket prices were cut by 70 percent after Baylor’s football team beat Rice 70-17.

“One of the ideas we had was to take a home score and discount the score,” Burchett said. “We ended up having a 70 point victory over Rice, so we took 70 percent off tickets.”

Rather than return ticket prices back to full price immediately after Baylor’s victory, the ticket office has gradually raised the price again from 70 percent, to 50 percent, to 30 percent and back to full price.

Lecrae’s next stop after Baylor will be Dallas, where he will perform for free at the State Fair of Texas in Fair Park.