Contributor: Denisa Debocci
Faith can be shared in many forms–one of them being music. Hip hop and rap artist, iamkevinrider, uses his music as a form of preaching to the nations, as he describes. While the hip hop and rap industry is heavily influenced by violence, women, and money, iamkevinrider’s faith-based songs Glorify God, yet in a way many audiences can understand. “I believe music is my gift and that God has called me and chose me to use this gift to further his Kingdom, build the church, and speak to the nations,” the California native expressed.
Formerly known as K-Rider, iamkevinrider has a testimony and a past, as all Christians do. At 15, he was incarcerated for burglary and sentenced to five years. Back to the streets, he would get caught up and incarcerated once more. “I found God in jail,” he admits. His past fuels the drive to preach to hip hop and rap audience in hopes his testimony will speak to people.
Featured on This is 50, “Kastin Krownz” is one of his singles that inspires the audience to refrain from conforming to the norm this lost society has set. Rap is lacking the Gospel, and it takes artists like iamkevinrider to fulfill what the industry needs.
“I am a Christian who raps,” iamkevinrider shares. “I am not a rapper who is Christian.”