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D.C. rapper Trip Lee withstands disease, while pastoring at church, releasing album

Multi-tasking has become second nature for Trip Lee, who balances vocations as a Christian rap artist, a pastoral assistant at a D.C. church and a published author with his duties as a husband and father of a 2-year-old son and a 4-month-old daughter.

And all this while living with chronic fatigue syndrome, which sometimes leaves the 26-year-old bedridden.

Still, over the past year he has helped plan a new church, written his second book, and recorded his fifth album, “Rise,” which was released last week and has reached the No. 1 position on the iTunes hip-hop album chart.

It’s been a hard couple years trying to figure out how to balance these things,” said Trip Lee, born William Lee Barefield III. “At times, it’s been a disaster: My body’s wrecked. My family’s strained. Church life is strained. People don’t see me for weeks when my body crashes. Really, I look back and think, ‘I have no idea how that got done.’”
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