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Utah Man Raps Gospel

Utah Man Raps Gospel

Posted - Jul. 29, 2003 at 10:05 p.m.



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Shelley Osterloh ReportingMost young people will tell you what they like about rap music is the beat. Some say they don't really listen to the lyrics, which often contain vulgar angry words. But one Salt Lake rap artist says the words are important.

His name is Soulja.. He says it stands for Serving Only Under Lord Jesus Amen. The name also reflects his eight years in the army. But back then he was different person.

Three years ago he couldn't hold a job; his marriage was on the rocks; and his life was one big unsatisfying party. His father talked him into going to church.

Soulja, Gospel Rap Artist: "The moment I walked into the church I felt like the preacher was talking to me, and everything he was saying in his sermon . And from that point I said, you know what? I've got to follow."

This 15 year veteran of R and B music had a new rap.

Soulja, Gospel Rap Artist: "And there is a brighter light to everything bad that happens. I’m living proof of that. I've seen so many bad things happen in my life. And for me to be able to come out on top, I know that’s a blessing from God."

Soulja is a father of three who is very concerned about the music kids listen to.

Soulja, Gospel Rap Artist: "You see, the problem is nobody is talking to them about going to church. Nobody is talking to them about a foundation. Nobody is talking to them about building a relationship with God. So what I wanted to do was take my experiences, put them in a song and put it in a song that these kids can relate to."

Soulja says he doesn't know where his music will lead him, but he is sure it's God's path and he will trust in the Lord.

Soulja's next concerts are at the Utah State Fair, on September 7th and 14th.

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