I luh God / You don’t luh God / What’s wrong with chu?
Erica Campbell‘s latest single, “I Luh God” has sparked controversy for its slang lyrics and secular beat, deemed “trap gospel,” a new wave of inspirational music.
Gospel music legend Kirk Franklin, who caused waves himself when he debuted in the early ’90s with his upbeat, urban-inspired gospel tracks, spoke about the new genre of music, defending her song.
“I just commend [Erica’s] efforts, man,” he said. “I think that trying to take a message, you know, that’s old as many millennia and trying to make it culturally relevant is always a tough job.”
Franklin defended Campbell against gospel music fans’ strong reactions: “I think that more than anything, man, is that I always try to remember the heart of the person doing it,” he told NPR. “And I am a very, very good friends with Erica. She has a great heart for God. She has a great heart for ministry, and I just believe that the heart always wins.”
Check out Franklin’s full interview: