PRAYERS FOR HIP HOP
THE SPIRIT BEHIND THE VERSES
I Fell in Love With Hip Hop...
After hearing Rappers Delight in my grandparents den in Oak Cliff Texas. Within minutes I was reciting and within weeks I was writing and tearing up my grandparents record player trying to scratch.
Fast forward to 1984 and I recorded my first single. Not professionally but we had it on tape. Like Dre, I sat down and pushed play in front of my father and told him I'd been given the opportunity to rap at City Lights, an adult night club in South Dallas, to which he did me like ole girl did Dre. Only I didn't come back ery'day. I took my no and kept writing.
I met a local MC, ML Sexy D, and together we became The Lady House Rockers. We went on to rap at a local talent show and even at City Lights. Only it was in the parking lot. Thankfully, a young group was touring and I'd caught the attention of one of its members who promised I could tour with them. Only my father wasn't having it. That was okay because that member was Fresh Kid Ice of the 2 Live Crew. #ohmy But that was okay because there was no other female in Dallas that could hold me. I managed to battle at the Longhorn Ballroom and it was there that I made my mark and missed a golden opportunity. Apples had broken up with her partner TJ and asked if she could join our group. I was excited but told her I had to check with ML Sexy D first and of course, she wasn't on board. That was moment I told Erykah 'Apples' Badu that she could not be a Lady House Rocker. Shortly thereafter, I quit rapping.
Ten years later and I was saved, sanctified, filled with the Holy Spirit and had been abstinent for about a year and a half when I was asked to do spoken word on my BMF's brother's label with Lil Sin. Spiritually that was the moment I backslid but rap wise, I managed to mesmerize everyone that heard 'my voice'. Thereafter, I was featured on my BMF's project but again, it never made it to the airwaves.
Though hip hop will forever be in my heart, I'm 50 and have shifted my love into praying for it. This site is my dedication to the one I love.
HOW PRAYERS FOR HIP HOP GOT BEGAN...
Since 2005, I always felt an urge to pray for hip hop. The first artist I ever prayed for was Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. Although I don't know what was going on with his life personally, I just felt like he needed someone to pray for him. That soon led to me praying for Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. It was during the time he was going through the weapons charges. Shortly thereafter I watched a bootleg video about Demetrius Edward Flenory. In it, they told the story of how he had to spend 23 hours a day in cell which left me in tears. I prayed for him so much that night that I fell asleep in prayer. And for the next decade I found myself fervently interceding for those in the game and for hip hop.
In 2011, my house was shot up and I was suffered a gunshot to the leg. Because my heart went out other victims, I began to pray for those, who like myself, had been a victim of a violent crime. After watching a new report about Chicago, God put it on my heart to intercede for the city every Saturday at 9pm - the hour that had been determined the most deadliest. As I did, I was led to one particular Chicago rapper, Keith Cozart, of which I still pray for to this day.
The day before the national day of prayer in 2018, I found myself praying about the immigration crisis. I asked God why was the Trump administration so gangsta towards Latinos and while in prayer the Lord revealed to me it was because of the gangs. I then decided for the national day of prayer, I would pray specifically for gang members in the U.S., Mexico, Honduras and abroad. That time in prayer led me to add them to my Saturday night live (i.e. 9pm prayer) and from there go birthed, 'Crime, Criminals, and Redemption: What the Bible Says about Certain Crimes and Those Who Commit Them".
But the reason I officially started Prayers for Hip Hop is because of Kurtis Walker. He was about to undergo a heart transplant and I realized no one knew. Meaning, his transplant didn't even make the blogs or the Gram, so I decided that there needed to be an official page for those needing prayer in hip hop and on December 23, 2020 at 9:57pm, the same day I celebrated my 22nd anniversary of being saved, Prayers for Hip Hop went live. And though you don't see a lot of posts, what I do is done privately. But please believe there is a not a day that goes by that someone in the industry is not being prayed for.