Last week, one of the pioneers of Christian rap, TobyMac, carved his own piece of history by topping the Billboard 200 with the album “Eye On It,” making it the first time in almost fifteen years – and the third time ever – that a Christian album scooped the coveted leading position on the mainstream music chart.

“Christian music has been very successful on the Billboard 200 chart for a long while now, but TobyMac’s ‘Eye On It’ just happened to be the first album since 1997 to hit number one,” Billboard Editor, Keith Caulfield, told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “There was just always something blocking a Christian title from the top slot – we’ve had a number of Christian sets reach number two since 1997.”

According to Billboard.com, the last time a Christian set scored a number one was in 1997 when LeAnn Rimes’s “You Light Up My Life – Inspirational Songs” spent its third and final week at the top of the tally. Earlier that year Bob Carlisle’s “Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace)” flew to the top of the list.

So why this album, and why now?

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