Growing up as a PK (Preachers Kid) who spent 6 days a week at some type of service, I had only heard a handful of hip hop records before moving to Charlotte, NC in 1995. All that would change a few years later when I went to purchase one of my very first albums: It’s Dark and Hell is Hot…the edited version from Walmart. I rushed home, throwing the tape into my Sony cassette player, spending the next hour listening to gritty street tales (and barking) over grimy production. The tape was almost at its end when out of nowhere the hardcore rapper DMX disappeared. In his place appeared Earl Simmons, a broken man coming to terms with his inner struggles while declaring his need for his Savior.

Over his 20 plus year career, he has gone from the mountain tops to the valley low, battling a drug addiction and serving several sentences in prison for various offenses. However, no matter what season he has been through he has always found himself trying to point people toward the redeeming love of Jesus.

Recently, X made an appearance at REVOLT’s annual house show at SXSW, where he took time during his set to preach to the sold-out crowd. A few days later he was invited to Kanye West’s Sunday Service, opening it up with a heartfelt prayer. Currently, in the studio with longtime producer and friend Swizz Beatz, DMX is working on his 8th studio album. Will he follow in the footsteps of Snoop Dogg, Kanye West and Chance The Rapper, and finish his rumored gospel album? Only time will tell.

So why would Rapzilla post about a secular rapper known for vulgarity and violence in his music telling people about the grace of God? Simple. In Philippians 1:15-18, Paul wrote to the saints of Philippi about those who were preaching the Gospel. Some out of selfish ambition, and others out of a heart to truly see the people changed. Verse 18 reads “But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this, I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,” And for that reason, so will I. Let us continue to keep Earl Simmons aka DMX in prayer.

Watch the videos of DMX below (WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE)

 

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