BECOMING A CHRISTIAN RAPPER
I was on my way from a secular rapper to a Gospel rapper. It was a process that took stages of growth. I took curse words out of my raps, but I was still saying things that really didn't line up with the word of God. However, I was a lot further than I was before. Over time I cleaned up my lyrical content and became more of a conscious type of rapper. I had hidden messages in my raps pointing towards God, but you had to read between the lines to really get the message. I continued to grow in the things of God and eventually was led near the realm of the Christian rapper status. However, I was on the fence for a while before I finally embraced the title "Christian rapper". I basically came to terms that I'm just going to go all in and stop being on the sidelines. So, in 2010, I decided to use my passion for rap music to glorify God.
BECOMING A GOSPEL RAPPER
I felt like I was finally home being considered a Christian rapper. I get to do what I enjoy and glorify God through my music at the same time. So, why did I go from a Christian rapper to a Gospel rapper? Well, it wasn't intentionally, simply based on the distinct small differences and meanings between a Christian rapper and a Gospel rapper, I sort of fell in the category of a Gospel rapper by default. My Christian rap style went into the direction that leans heavily on spiritual messages and bible scriptures. This way of spiritual type rap came out of necessity for me to create music as a form of ministry for myself. However, in many cases, you are not the only one who may be in the need of something or facing particular a challenge. My goal is to make music that ministers to the listener's soul; my own in particular. Not saying that it's anything wrong with Christian rap, essentially for me personally, music is a good tool for me to hear the word of God while enjoying the sound of hip hop. It opens up more opportunities for me to hear the word of God, when I'm listening to music, such as, while working out at the gym or going for a morning run in my neighborhood. Therefore, being a Gospel rapper and a listener or follower of Gospel rap artists; I tend to make the type of music I want to hear. I don't know if this is the case for other rappers, but I must admit, I do listen to my own music for inspiration. Sometimes, we have to minister to ourselves from time to time.