William Lee Barefield III, better known by his stage name Trip Lee, is an American Southern rapper, singer, poet, author, and pastor.
Signed to Reach Records, he has recorded both as a solo artist and as a founding member of the 116 Clique. Originally from Dallas, Texas, he now resides inWashington, D.C.. He first gained recognition after appearing on the Reach Records website at the age of 16. His third album, Between Two Worlds, was nominated for two Dove Awards and won the Stellar Award for Best Hip Hop Album in 2011.
William Lee Barefield III, better known as Trip Lee, was born and raised in Dallas, TX. As a young boy, Lee had dreams of being a professional athlete or famous rapper, and he began to hone his lyrical skills at the age of 12. “I rapped about random stuff…how hot I was, how many girls I could pull,” Lee says. But upon giving his life to Christ, at age 14, his focus changed from fortune, fame, and women to serving and ministering the Gospel.
Lee slowly recognized that all of his life should be centered around Christ. “One day, I just decided, I’m only doing Christian hip hop. Rappers like Ambassador and Da’ T.R.U.T.H. helped provide a model for how I would begin to do that,” he says. He also had an immense desire to learn and teach the Word of God, so he became a leader in his youth group and preached his first sermon at age 17.
In 2004, Lee met Lecrae at a concert; months later, after talking and building with each other, Lecrae began to disciple him. While still in high school, Lee was given the opportunity to pen a few devotionals for the Reach Records website that dealt with theological matters and showcased his spiritual maturity.
Lee signed with Reach Records, and his debut album, If They Only Knew, was released a few days after his high school graduation. His first full-length album introduced hip-hop fans to his distinct southern sound, unique delivery and gospel-saturated lyrics. That same year, he was also featured on the Dove Award-nominated, Jesus Muzik with label mate Lecrae.
His second album, 20/20, was released in 2008 and garnered much success, breaking into the Billboard Top 200 and reaching No. 11 on the Billboard Christian albums chart and No. 4 on the Gospel chart. Back with his third studio album, Between Two Worlds, Lee offers a collection of reflections on life in a fallen world. His hope is that his reflections not only resonate with listeners, but also point to Jesus as the Hero.
Since his first album release, Lee has traveled the world doing concerts for thousands of listeners, and his last three summers have been spent on tours (national and international) with his Reach label mates. His Christ-centered hip-hop message has also built a platform for him among churches and other Christian organizations, which has led to numerous opportunities to preach and teach at conferences and other events.
Lee attends Boyce College, the undergraduate school of Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Lee’s unending desire is to proclaim the grace and beauty of Jesus Christ to anyone that will listen; ultimately, he hopes this journey will someday lead to pastoring a church.
Lee released two new singles “Brag On My Lord” and “King Like Mine”, the latter featuring Alex Medina, on March 29, 2011.
Trip Lee released his fourth full length studio album, entitled The Good Life on April 9, 2012. The album featured various notable Christian artists, such as Sho Baraka (formerly signed with Reach Records), J.R., Lecrae, J.Paul, KB, Andy “C-Lite” Mineo], Jimmy Needham, V.Rose, Suzy Rock, Jai, and Leah Smith. As a continuation to the album, Lee has worked with Moody Publishers and has authored a book titled The Good Life, to be released October 1, 2012.
Lee married Jessica in 2009. On August 3rd 2012, they welcomed their first child, a boy.
On October 9, 2012 Lee announced he would be “stepping away” from music altogether. The Unashamed 2012 tour with the Reach Records roster was his final tour before pursuing a career as an author and pastor.
|Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2006||If They Only Knew
|2010||Between Two Worlds
|2012||The Good Life
|“—” denotes releases that did not chart|
- With 116 Clique
- The Compilation Album (2005)
- The Compilation Album: Chopped & Screwed (2006)
- 13 Letters (2007)
- Amped (2007)
- Man Up (2011)
- “The Invasion (Hero)” (featuring Jai)
- “No Worries”
- “Brag On My Lord”
- “Real Vision” (featuring Tedashii)
- “King Like Mine” (featuring Alex Medina)
- “I’m Good” (featuring Lecrae)
- “Fallin'” (featuring J Paul)
- “One Sixteen” (featuring KB and Andy Mineo)
- With 116 Clique
- “Man Up Anthem”
- “Come Alive”
- Guest Appearances
- “In Ya Hood (Cypha Remix)” (Tedashii featuring Thi’sl, Json, Sho Baraka & Lecrae)
- “We Did” (Tedashii)
- “Jesus Muzik” (Lecrae)
- “Holla At Me” (Everyday Process)
- “The Last Cypha” (The Cross Movement feat. R-Swift, Everyday Process, Da’ T.R.U.T.H. & FLAME)
- “Price Tag” (Da’ T.R.U.T.H.)
- “Slow It Down (Simplify Your Life)” (Sho Baraka)
- “What It Do” (Json featuring Titus)
- “Checkin’ For My God (Remix)” (The Ambassador featuring Lecrae)
- “Fall Back” (Lecrae)
- “I Been Redeemed” (FLAME)
- “Ridaz” (J.R. feat. Da’ T.R.U.T.H. & Iz-Real)
- “I’m a Believer” (Tedashii featuring Soyé)
- “Transformers” (Tedashii featuring Lecrae)
- “Trumpet Blow” (Da’ T.R.U.T.H.)
- “Where Ya At” (Legacy Conference)
- “Get Busy” (DJ Official)
- “40 Deep” (Lecrae featuring Tedashii)
- “Revolutionary Died” (Sho Baraka)
- “The Rising” (Sho Baraka)
- “Grace Amazing” (Jimmy Needham)
- “Conversion” (Lamp Mode Recordings)
- “We Can Be More (Gentlemen’s Remix) (Sho Baraka featuring JR, Alex Medina & FLAME)
- “Gentleness” (B3AR FRUIT)
- “No One Greater” (PRo featuring Json)
- “Open Letter (Battlefield)” (KB featuring Swoope and Jai)
- “Fallin’ Down” (Lecrae featuring Swoope)
- “Getting By” (Derek Minor)
- “Delight” (God’s Servant)
- “Live it Up” (Ambassador)
- 116 Clique
- Reach Records
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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- ^ Bradley (May 23, 2012). “Trip Lee’s Debut Book Release The Good Life”. Reach Records. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
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