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Kirk Franklin Defends Erica Campbell’s “Trap Gospel”

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Controversy has swarmed the internet attacking the “Help” singer, Erica Campbell of sister duo, Mary Mary. Last month she released a solo album called Help 2.0, and on this new project, she has a song entitled “I Luh God”. This song has stirred quite the buzz amongst the Christian community.

NPR suggests “the controversy around the song is similar to that experienced by another gospel artist who stirred the pot in the ’90s — Kirk Franklin. He shook up the gospel scene with hits like “Stomp” and got strong reactions to his style of music.”

Erica is taking some heat for venturing into this style of music simply because she comes from a Gospel music brand. This southern hip-hop style known as “trap gospel” is said to resemble secular club music a little too closely for gospel purists.

Kirk responds:

It’s very hard when you hear churches talk about you, and some people start to question your heart, and when some people start to question your motives, it could be very hard for you because you’re in your early 20s and you don’t really understand what all the fuss is about, because you’re doing just what’s real to you.

I am very, very good friends with Erica, and she has a great heart for God, she has a great heart for ministry, and I just believe that the heart always wins, – Kirk Franklin

We love Erica and all that she does to push the envelope in her musical career! Keep doing your thing Erica and we got ya’ back! Check out the performance of this controversial song live, below.

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