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 on cassette. Like Dre, in the movie Brown Sugar, I sat down in front of my father, pushed play and proceeded to tell him I'd been given the opportunity to rap at City Lights, an adult night club in a not so good part of town to which, like ole girl, he immediately told me no. Only I didn't come back, but I did keep writing....ery'day. #inmytayediggsvoice
I met a local MC, ML Sexy D, and together we became The Lady House Rockers. We made our debut at a high school talent show, spit at house parties, tore up telephones with three way calling and even made our way to City Lights...parking lot....but I was in that thang. 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. #resteasy Though I was heartbroken, I was still the undisputed unknown best female MC in Dallas...though a very popular female duo, TJ & Apples would probably dispute that claim.
Fast forward a few months and we managed to gain a little notoriety. So much so, we all landed at the Longhorn Ballroom and it was there that I made my mark and missed a golden opportunity, at the same time.
Apples and TJ had broken up. Disappointed Apples caught me on my way out and asked if she could join our group. I was too excited but told her I had to check with ML Sexy D and of course, she wasn't with it. That was moment I told Erykah 'Apples' Badu that she could not be a Lady House Rocker. Lo and behold, shortly thereafter, I put down my pen and didn't rap for an entire decade.
Fast forward another ten years. By that time I was saved, sanctified, and celibate when I was asked to do spoken word project on my BMF's brother's label with Lil Sin, a known Houston rapper. Spiritually that was the moment I backslid but rap wise, I managed to mesmerize everyone in the studio and became known as the chick with 'the voice'. Shortly thereafter, ya girl, YGHK (Yella Gorilla the Hater Killa) was back on the mic and spittin' ungodly verses that thankfully never made it to the airwaves.
And though hip hop will forever be in my heart, I'm in my 50's and have shifted my love for hip hop into praying for it. This site is my dedication to the one I love.
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HOW PRAYERS FOR HIP HOP 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 in his life personally, I felt like he needed somebody to pray for him. That soon led to me praying for Clifford Joseph Harris Jr which was during the time he was going through the weapons charges and then shortly thereafter I watched a bootleg video about Demetrius Edward Flenory. In it, they told the story of how he had to spent 23 hours a day in cell which left me in tears. I prayed so much for him 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 suffered a gunshot to the leg. Because my heart went out to other victims, I began to pray for those, who like myself, had been a victim of a violent crime. After watching a news report about Chicago being the deadliest city in the US, 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 then led to one particular Chicago rapper, Keith Cozart, of which I still pray for to this day.
My prayer assignment expanded in 2018 when during the National Day of Prayer, I found myself praying about the immigration crisis. I asked God why was the Trump administration so gangsta towards Latinos and it was that day that the Lord revealed to me that it was because of the gangs. So, that day I spent the entire day praying for gang members in the U.S., Mexico, Honduras and abroad. Because I knew they needed more than one day of prayer, I soon added them to my Saturday night live (i.e. 9pm prayer) and from there God 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 heart transplant surgery in 2020 and I realized hardly anyone knew. His condition hadn't made the blogs or my Gram feed, so I decided then and there 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 giving my life to Christ, Prayers for Hip Hop went live. And though you don't see a lot of posts, the majority of what I do is done privately, in my home office, on my knees before the Most High God. I write a lot of what I get in prayer so if you'd be so kind as to buy a few books, you can support the movement.
Hip hop changed my life, and it is my prayer that the same God that changed me meets the old and new hip hop.
If you'd like to become a hip hop pray-er, click here. If you'd like to support the movement, feel free to click the link below. If you or your loved one needs prayer, #hmu. I was created to pray and it would be a distinct honor and privilege to pray for you.