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REALITY AINT ALWAYZ WUT U SEEIN N PERCIEVIN,
DATZ DA REASON I QUIT BANGIN N SLANGIN D’Z, N STARTED FOLLOWIN JESUS,
I HAD PPL N $$$ LIKE U, BUT EVERY SECOND MORE KEPT CHANGIN N LEAVIN,
JUZ LIKE DA SEASONZ,
IF U DONT FOLLOW N PUT GOD 1ST, U’LL B DECEIVED QUICK,
NE OTHER PATH IZ MISLEADING N IMPOSSIBLE 2 SUCCEED IN,
DERZ A REASON A NIGGA WHO NEVER READ, HAS A BIBLE N KEEPZ ON READIN,
N DATZ DA TRUTH, IF U DONT BELIEVE ME, READ IT N U’LL BELIEVE IT,

I WENT FROM BEIN A LOST DEMON WHO WUZ HUNGRY 4 $$$ N FIEININ, 2 LEADIN N PREACHIN,
N LEAVIN NIGGAZ SPEACHLESS WHEN IM FINISHED SPEAKIN,
DATZ Y U SHUD TAKE NOTEZ WHEN IM TEACHIN,
IM DA STRONGEST, GOD IZ DA ONLY 1 IM LEANIN ON N NEEDIN,
U GOT YA GANG, FRIENDZ, FAM, U DA WEAKEST,
I GOT MY WISDOM FROM EXPERIENCE, NO1 CAN TEACH IT,
U MITE NOT NEED ME, BUT U MOS DEF NEED IT,
IM HUMBLE, NOT COCKY OR CONCEIDED,
OPEN UP YA EYEZ 2 DA TRUTH, N STOP SLEEPIN, N SEEK JESUS,
IF U CAN DREAM IT, OR C IT, U CAN B IT,
U JUZ GUTTA STAY FOCUSED N KEEP REACHIN,
IF U PUT GOD 1ST, HE GONE MAKE SURE U KEEP EATIN,
SO STOP SINNIN, BEIN BROKE IZ A TEST OF YA FAITH, CUZ HE NEVER STOP FEEDIN,
WITHOUT GOD I WUZ LIKE U, INTERNALLY BLEEDIN N NOT WANTIN 2 KEEP BREATHIN,
SHOULD I KEEP PROCEEDIN? OR HAS DA SPACE EXCEEDED?
I KNO I GOT A LOT MORE ISH 2 SAY WITH MEANING….

I KNO U ALIVE, N THINK U KNO HOW 2 SURVIVE N LIVE LIFE,
BUT U FEEDIN YA SELF LIEZ, INSIDE U FEEL LIKE U WANNA DIE,
DONT GET WEAK N CRY, INSTEAD FOLLOW GOD N RISE,
DA TRUTH IZ U BARELY GETTIN BY, N ALL DATZ GETTIN U BY IZ WHEN U GETTIN HIGH N COMMITTIN CRIME,
PUT DOWN DA BANGER N KNIFE, N DA DRUGZ N DA PIPE,
N SEEK A NEW LIFE N NEW LIGHT KALLD JESUS CHRIST,
HIS LIGHT WILL SHINE BRIGHTER DEN NE LIGHT, NE TIME, DAY OR NITE,
HE NEVER GONE LEAVE U OR LIE, N HE ALWAYZ GONE B BY YA SIDE
4 LIFE,
TAKE ADVICE FROM A NIGGA WHO FAILED MANY TIMEZ, BUT NOW IZ WISE,
EVERY1 U DEPEND ON N TRUST WILL DISAPPEAR N IZ IN DISGUISE,
IF U THINK IM LIEN, WHEN IT HAPPENZ, DONT B SURPRISED,
ALL IM ASKIN U 2 DO IZ GIVE GOD A TRY,
DONT WAIT TIL EVERY1 U KNO IZ LOCKD UP OR IN DA SKY,
Y LEARN FROM YA OWN MISTAKEZ WHEN U CAN LEARN FROM MINE?…REAL TALK!!!!

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Freestyle by Lil Cash Money
 
Y B SURPRISED? DIS IZ JUZ SIGNZ OF DA END OF TIMEZ, CHECK DA NEWSPAPER N LOOK OUTSIDE, LOOK AT DA TEMPERATURE N LOOK DA CRIME, ITZ ALL ON DA RISE, SAME 4 DA PRICE OF JUZ DA BEANZ N RICE, ITZ JUZ LIKE DA BIBLE PROPHESIED…ITZ NEVER LIED OR NOT BEEN RITE, NOT EVEN ONCE, N NEVER TWICE…DATZ DA REASON U SHUD PUT YA FAITH IN CHRIST N CHANGE YA LIFE, AT LEAST IF U EXPECT 2 SURVIVE N STAY ALIVE…

LISTEN 2 MY ADVICE, DONT WORRY BOUT DA NIGGAZ WHO HATIN N LOOKIN SHIFE, PRAY 4 EM N 4GIVE EM CUZ DEY DUNNO WUT DEY DOIN AINT RITE, WITHOUT GOD U ALWAYZ GONE B LOST N BLIND…

This is a little off the beaten track for a gang website but I found this video about Tim Tebow and thought I would add it to the site to show what can happen when somebody truely commits their life to the LORD. Tebow’s football skills have given him the chance to play in front of a lot of people but his commitment to Christ has made him the talk of the nation and given him a platform to proclaim the grace of Christ. This is just a fun video that gives an indication of the heights Tebow has reached around the country. Hope you enjoy it for what it is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMK9FKMG3Nc

Very cool group.  Ex gang members reaching out to the community and creating leaders to go back into gang neighborhoods using dance, rap, drama and technology.  Find their site at:

http://www.godsxgangsters.org/

This is a film you may want to see.  It’s not a Christian film  but it does show something of what it’s like to be out on the streets interrupting violence.  The film shows one year in the life of several Ceasefire violence interrupters, including the challenges, frustrations, and joys of the work. Information on the film can be found at:

http://interrupters.kartemquin.com/

Fresh from the release of a new album, Lecrae sits down for a heartfelt interview. See what this well-known rap artist has to say about self, love, and God at:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/music/interviews/2011/rapperrehab-march15.html

A new movie is coming out in the near future about the intertwined lives of Nicky Cruz and David Wilkerson. The movie is called Thousand Pieces and is based on the book  Run, Baby, Run, the official biography of Nicky Cruz.  Information on the movie can be found at the following two websites:

http://www.runbabyrunmovie.com/main.php

http://thousandpiecesmovie.com/

There is an earlier “sanitized” film called The Cross and the Switchblade based on the book of the same name by David Wilkerson. The film is actually inspiring and worth a screening.  It’s a 70’s film that stars Pat Boone as David Wilkerson and Erik Estrada as Nicky Cruz , so it’s more on the “cute” side and not as” gritty” or realistic as a current movie on the same topic might be. Nonetheless, the film is worth watching to get a visual presentation of the story. See it at:

http://www.ovguide.com/movies_tv/the_cross_and_the_switchblade.htm

Gangs and At-Risk Kids provides a very informative and useful website for people wanting to know more about gangs, what they are, how kids get involved and the consequences of involvement.  For more on the website go to:

http://gangsandkids.com/

And don’t forget to look at some poignant poetry and stories from those affected by gang life at:

http://gangsandkids.com/gstory.html

Other links can be found at:

http://gangsandkids.com/glinks.html

I was at a wedding this past Saturday. The ceremony was held at the Chicago Cultural Center. One of the distinguishing characteristics of the building is the unbelievably beautiful mosaics that have been created all over the building. As I was marvelling at the beauty of those pieces of art, it came to me that each mosaic is made up of hundreds of little broken pieces of stone. In itself, each little piece of stone appears to have little significance and usually has little to distinguish itself from all of the other little pieces of stone. However, when those little pieces are put together by an artist who sees all the shades and textures, who understands all the subtleties of each piece,  he begins to create a pattern simply by moving each broken stone individually into its own special place. By juxtaposing each color and every subtle shade against one another, he produces a patchwork of stones that, on completion, explodes in extraordinary glory. That’s when his artistry takes on meaning and clarity. That’s when simple stonework becomes  a masterpiece.

It’s the same with the gang world. Gangbangers everywhere, each one a broken piece of stone tossed aside in scrap heaps scattered throughout the hood. There is little to distinguish one Gs from any of the other Gs around him. There is little hope for the future and even less hope of creating a positive legacy. But that’s when Gsus, the master artisan, takes over and starts moving through the hood. He scours the scrap heaps and salvages Gs from everywhere. As he does so, he starts moving the Gs around, placing Gangsters next to Stones, Kings next to Disciples, Satan Disciples next to Ambrose, and Vice Lords next to Spanish Lords. In and of themselves, there is little in he way of beauty in those individual pieces of broken humanity, but when Gsus takes over and starts moving his Gs around, he creates a pattern of color and beauty, expertly fitting each piece into place, juxtaposing darker shades against the light, and gently polishing his Gs to give the finished product a luster that could never have been imagined when he started walking through the Hood. Gsus enters into the world of gang life and repositions the broken pieces. The result is to infuse the power of beauty into the despair of tragedy and to bring  joy, hope, meaning, and beauty into world of gang violence. The result is a masterpiece of eternal proportions.

So that’s my speech. Now its your call. If you’re a gangbanger and want to know what’s beautiful; if you want to know the meaning of life; if you want to have significance and fit in; if you want to know the source of true power; and if you want to understand what real love is all about; then turn to Gsus. Gsus is the key, the master of creation. By ourselves, we remain dirty pieces of broken stone without shine or luster. Each of us remains a single isolated piece of meaningless stone without place and lacking purpose; and without purpose we are in danger of ending up as one of the unusable and unworkable pieces that are disposed of in the trash (i.e. hell) or cast along the gravel road to be trodden under the feet of every passing generation. In the hands of the great artist, however, in the hands of the Gsus, we all take on true significance as we are set in the right place, next to the right people, and provided with a purpose. In the hands of Gsus we become a masterpiece, a veritable Gangster Mosaic. That’s what the Church in the Hood is, a mosaic where every gangster who comes to Christ becomes part of the larger creation of God, the Gsus Nation. It’s a place where each G, no matter his or her set, ethnicity, or rank,  has value and significance in God’s larger overall plan, where God’s grace and love give every individual a purpose, a distinct meaning, and creates a work of beauty that people everywhere will marvel at, a place where each G willcome become a legacy to the world. That’s called grace, when God picks up a G from that heap of broken stones and gives him a purposeful place in the eternal picture he is creating. So, look closely. Is that you in the middle of the Gangster Mosaic? If not, call us or a local pastor and ask how to be included in the Gangster Mosaic. Find out how you can become part of the Gsus Nation. You can begin by saying this simple prayer:



God-

I been in the hood ma whole life and done lots of things I wish i hadn’t had to do. Sometimes I see dem in ma dreams and just want them to go away. Even if I don’t see them, I know what I did and it makes me sick. I want to make it right, but I know I can’t make it right myself. I’ve tried and nuthin works. This guys sez, yu’ll forgive me of all that bad stuff – slingin, bangin, and even killin. I believe that Gsus came to earth from heaven and died to pay for my sins. I believe that he rose from the dead and that he has forgiven my sins as no one else can do. I need that forgiveness bad and I ask that all my sins be forgiven. I want to  kno that yur real and willing to help me make a new start. I got baggage so it won’t be easy but I believ that if you will help me, it will happen, just like he sez. So right now, I’m askin yu to come into my heart, and transform my life. Forgive me of evryythin bad i done. I kno i need you, without doubt, but its hard to walk away, so even if I play the G for a little while, guide my steps and watch over me. teach me your ways and open my eyes, help me to grow and walk away from this life, no matta wat. Give me and my family a new start. Reveal yourself to me just like dis guy sez yu will. Make me willing to turn away from this life and serve yu, no matta wat. Thanks God!

This is an interesting model for working with incarcerated youths. See their website at:

http://www.storycatcherstheatre.org/

A Crazy Rap

Posted: February 10, 2011 in Arts, Gospel, Music, Rap, Video and TV

Repn Gsus. This rap by FLAME tells a crazy story. Check it out at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MllhC0qyEjY&NR=1&feature=fvwp

More Raps

Posted: February 9, 2011 in Arts, Evangelism, Gospel, Music, Rap, Video and TV

 A few more raps for you to give it up to:

Hard Streets – TBone – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYGJB5GRYpw&feature=related

Do or Die – Gospel Gangstas – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksGRWD1EU-0&feature=fvwrel

Go Hard – Lecrae – http://vodpod.com/watch/5554480-go-hard-lecrae-official-krump-dance-video

Crazy Hispanic – TBone – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nISI4qF55F4&feature=related

From tha Gravehttp://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=MFBEJNNU

Rain Comes Down – Jevon Rue – – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKyaScxh1T8

Striving for Godliness  – J. Hines  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WALbfKSQOA

I know I have a KLOVE widget on the left side of the webpage, but I wanted to give a shout out for my favorite radio Station. Its KLOVE and you can find it at fm 94.3 in Chicago (the call numbers will be different if you want to find it any place else in the country). Though the majority of the music is contemporary Christian in nature, offerings run the gamut from rap to soul. It has a great message and provides information on major music events all over the country, and more! It’s a great resource and I think you’ll like it so tune in and let me know. Here is the link so you can listen online:

http://www.klove.com/

Hi all-

You probably know, but I’ve posted a lot of raps, songs, and testimonies on my Vodpod account. You can access them through the Vodpod widget on the left side of the website. People don’t seem to be finding that resource, so I’m posting some of the things I liked from Kre8tor here for easy access. Enjoy!

The Battlehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXVTkmLGklY&feature=related

My Letterhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV3nxWvWnQY&feature=related

I’m sorryhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr5D4JRXcso&feature=related

You Can Do Thathttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6xM8Bt0BtI&feature=related

Ain’t Scaredhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krxp188Hpgs&feature=related

Don’t Matter Who You Arehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW8Jmaf8qfs&feature=related

More of this can be found on GodTube and YouTube

Another excellent rap from Kre8tor. Find it at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr5D4JRXcso&feature=related