Release date: September 2008
Rebel is the third studio album by Christian rap artist, Lecrae. The album was released by Reach Records on September 30, 2008. The album was nominated in the best Rap/Hip-Hop Album category at the 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards but lost to Group 1 Crew's Ordinary Dreamers.
Rebel is titled after Lecrae's encouragement to rebel against modern pop culture, also pointing out that Jesus Christ himself was a rebel. Lecrae has stated that the title of the album is both a noun and a verb. Rapzilla called the album "a verbal onslaught against the world's view on life in modern day culture."
Rebel has been a commercial success, having sold over 15,000 copies shortly after its release (9,800 copies in its first week and 5,600 copies in its second week of release, excluding digital downloads) and debuting on eight Billboard music charts. The album debuted at #60 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and is the first Lecrae album to do so. Rebel also debuted at #1 on the Top Gospel Albums chart, outperforming his previous album, After the Music Stops, which only managed to peak at #5 throughout its 100 week run on the chart. The album remained at the #1 spot on the Top Gospel Albums chart for a second week before being replaced by Marvin Sapp's Thirsty, becoming the first Christian rap album to accomplish this feat. Rebel debuted at #2 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums and Top Christian & Gospel Albums charts, respectively. The album secured the #10 spot on the Top Independent Albums chart and held the #15 spots equally on the Top Digital Albums and Top Internet Albums charts. Rebel also achieved a lower peak position of #61 on the Billboard Comprehensive Albums chart.
According to the Nielsen SoundScan, a project specializing in the statistics of album sales, Rebel was the highest-selling Christian rap album in the weeks following its release. Rebel also maintained a 6-week run on the iTunes Store's Top 10 most sold albums chart.