“Most people in hip-hop felt like this album was wack. I didn’t think so and about 175,000 people didn’t think so either. Before that album I had gotten saved. I was heavy into theology. I was finishing up my Christian studies. I was heavy into the Christian thought…I had the Bible down. I went to Bishop Clarence McClendon’s church and got saved right there because he believed that hip-hop heads were God’s chosen people. He would preach this in the church. He would break down how the hip-hop generation would be the generation to lift up all other generations. And I was with that! I was like, ‘Yep…I’m getting saved at this church, right here!’ But from that moment I realized that what Christians call being saved is not really being saved. They tell you that you can’t curse no more, that you have to stop drinking and you can’t smoke weed. But I didn’t agree. People don’t want to talk about the shaman at the beginning of all religions. All of my studies of theology told me this didn’t add up. Every prophet smoked, drank and got so fucking high that they saw God.
I was giving a lot of time over to real Christian thought. And I looked at black Evangelism and churches…and it hurt my heart. They completely let me down. Every last one of the black preachers let me down. That’s why I did Spiritual Minded. They weren’t about saving people. I didn’t give a fuck what anyone thought about me being a Christian. To me this is what hip-hop needed to hear. This is what I’m about. I wanted to bring those Christian hip-hoppers who don’t get the time of day, who do their rap, but have to stay in the background because the church doesn’t appreciate them. Meanwhile, hip-hop fans don’t appreciate them either because they are rapping about Jesus. So they are in a hard place. That’s why I came out with an album saying, ‘No, I am hip-hop. And hip-hop can recognize Christian rap. Take a look at me…I’m going to join you.’ I found out that all of these Christian rappers were gangsta! Everyone of them was listening to 50 Cent and Redman. They didn’t bring it to the church because they had to clean up their raps. And I’m debating with these guys like, ‘Why do you have to change who you really are?’ You are hip-hop!”