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Last month Erica Campbell, one half of mega gospel group Mary Mary released a solo album called Help 2.0. There’s one track, “I Luh God,” that has made Campbell take some heat for venturing into a branch of Southern hip-hop known as “trap gospel.” It resembles secular club music a little too closely for gospel purists.

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.

“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

Listen to Kirk’s words here.

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