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The Future of Trip Lee

February 5, 20132 min read

Most of you know me as a rapper and performer, but the truth is, at heart I’ve always been a preacher.

For as long as I’ve been making music, my deepest desire has been to proclaim the Gospel and declare the goodness and glory of Jesus Christ. By God’s grace I’ve had the opportunity to use music to do that on a public stage. I’ve loved every second of it and I’ve tried to do it with excellence. Over the years, I’ve sensed God calling me and equipping me not just to make music, but also to preach and to write.

That’s why last year I wrote The Good Life, a book that dives deeper into the message behind my record of the same title. It’s also why I announced last fall that I wouldn’t be traveling quite as much as I have been. I want to learn how to be a faithful pastor, and that can only really happen in the context of a local church. So I’m taking the time to invest in learning from godly pastors at my church in Washington, DC. Lord willing, as I serve on staff at my church, I’ll also be able to develop more of the tools I need to serve long term in local ministry.

I’m trusting God that good days are ahead, and don’t worry – you’ll be hearing a lot more from me, from writing to music to teaching and preaching. I’m grateful for all your support along the way, and I invite you to join me on the road ahead.

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  • Antoine Mason

    August 19, 2013 / at 9:42 am

    This still wasn’t clear. So he’s not completely retiring from music?

    • Daniel Blagrove

      August 19, 2013 / at 9:45 am

      No he’s not stepping away from music, he’s devoting more of his time to his pastoral studies and commitment to his local church

    • Alex

      August 20, 2013 / at 1:14 pm

      At first I believed he was retiring. Now every time I listen to his old songs, I’m like… he’s coming back, he’s way too good not too. Still one of my favorite artists.

  • Cguerrido

    August 19, 2013 / at 9:46 am

    Awesome it is great to see a young person who is willing to pursue god to the point of stepping down from a career in music as his main focus to putting gods word as a preacher and pastor first. You were already doing that with your music you know, now its a musicless song.

  • Dervanie Charles

    August 19, 2013 / at 9:46 am

    Im proud of Trip,for a young person he really gets God.He gets the true meaning for living for God.Keep up the good work TRIP ;)

  • Antoine Mason

    August 19, 2013 / at 9:46 am

    I doubt Trip will be a Pastor. He loves Christ rap too much. He ain’t giving that up.

  • Vinny_uk

    August 19, 2013 / at 9:47 am

    He really doesn’t need anyone to make him look good bro, honestly…

  • Malak

    August 19, 2013 / at 9:47 am

    Hey Trip,

    Who do you listen to for sermons? I see Piper’s work interwoven in Reach’s work, what other kind of figures do you listen to for inspiration/enlightenment on scripture?


  • Ephraim Franklin

    August 19, 2013 / at 9:47 am

    Thank God for you man. You are a blessing.

  • Ggf2005

    August 19, 2013 / at 9:47 am

    would love to hear you speak, your music ministers my soul

    • Malak

      August 19, 2013 / at 9:48 am

      He’s already done several sermons, you can find them on Youtube.

  • Jeremydaniel95

    August 19, 2013 / at 9:48 am

    you encouragement makes me feel good in making decision anytime i reflect of some of your music. more grace!

  • Judith Amulen

    August 19, 2013 / at 9:49 am

    Am so encouraged by your passion for Christ.

  • Mark Block

    August 19, 2013 / at 9:49 am

    Look forward to hearing more from you soon, in whatever form that may be.

  • marc 1ceDark savage

    August 19, 2013 / at 9:49 am

    Looking forward to what the Lord will continue to do in and through you, bro. Excellent.

  • James Aggrey

    August 19, 2013 / at 9:49 am

    Which church in DC do you serve at?

    • Matt Smethurst

      August 19, 2013 / at 9:50 am

      Capitol Hill Baptist Church (

  • Anthony_Nickens

    August 19, 2013 / at 9:51 am

    Definitely understand, the calling of a shepherd is first to his immediate flock. We’re having a conference at my church New Bethel Church in Kansas City, Kansas especially dedicated to up and coming pastors. My pastor Suff. Bishop A. Glenn Brady is an excellent mentor and is passionate about pushing people into the abundance of God’s blessings for their lives. You should look him up on FB!

  • Travis Nunnjr40

    August 19, 2013 / at 9:51 am

    I pray the Holy Spirit guides your step and lead you to bigger and better things.

  • Angela A. Spencer-Mukes

    August 19, 2013 / at 9:51 am

    Just remember that preaching is communicating the gospel, however you do that best. I have always found your music to be wonderful sermons. A lot of times we think that a ‘call’ means we have to do the standard preacher role, when what He is equipping us for is what our hands find to do.

    Just a thought.
    My the Lord bless and keep you.

  • footeus

    August 19, 2013 / at 9:51 am

    This really didn’t surprise me. I can see that’s where that dude’s heart is calling. He staying true to it and I pray for God’s best for him. And that he stays humble. It’s funny that I’m wearing his “Can I brag on my Lord?” wristband. That’s who I know will get the glory and for that I’m all with it. Let’s GO!!!!!

  • Paul Horne

    August 19, 2013 / at 9:52 am

    God bless you brother as you go after this endeavor. I have enjoyed your music and your theology is tight. I hope the Lord continues to be glorified through your work.

  • CherishJesusLuv

    August 20, 2013 / at 5:59 am

    I am going the distance with you Trip.
    Hebrews 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

  • tina

    August 21, 2013 / at 10:48 am

    With you all the way trip! Luv hearing you from your music to your book and your sermons. May our Good Lord continue to bless you and your family.


    September 26, 2013 / at 5:09 pm

    Eu curtu muito as musicas de Trip Lee e gostaria de vê ele cantar aqui no Brasil.

  • Venni

    November 19, 2013 / at 9:22 pm

    Ur music is just too good for you to put away! Your music is your sermons… touches alot of souls even to the point that you are unaware. It may not be reflected in album sales, Grammys, sold out shows but know that its to His glory. Like you said don’t look for that boxed up comfortable Jesus, it doesn’t exist. I will say this if the conviction or love of music digs into your soul enough, I know you will be back! Think about the missionaries who are tortured and kill in this day and age for Christ…..I know many of them thought of returning to their local churches where there is comfort! They are the brave soldiers…..warriors….i admire them more than any other “clique” in Christ….They are truly “unashamed”!

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