Stephen I -
Stephen I. was introduced to Hip-Hop around age 12 and he immediately fell in love with the confident, courageous and charismatic artists who he began to idolize. Gangster rappers such as Tupac, Master P., Snoop Dogg and others raised Stephen I. in the absence of his dad.
Stephen soon started portraying the lifestyle he heard in rap music. He began fighting frequently, stealing daily and he dropped out of school to sell drugs and run the streets. By this time Stephen, himself, was addicted to marijuana and in and out of jail. He had numerous near death experiences while distributing drugs and being involved with gangs yet nothing seemed to open his eyes. He recalls one day in particular in Cherokee County jail that he will never forget… “There was no hope for me AT ALL,” he says. “I finally sobered up enough to realize I had completely ruined every opportunity I ever had and my life was destroyed. About the time I was ready to throw in the towel, I heard the guard marching around the corner with a letter in his hand from my sister. The letter was all about Jesus and how He wanted to forgive me and give me another chance and I instantly cried out to the Lord with all my heart.”
After Stephen got out of jail he met Kevin Whitaker founder of Meekness Music and soon signed with the label and has been touring for the past two years with the mission of bringing the hope of Jesus Christ to Hip-Hop music and it’s millions of followers. Last year alone Stephen I. ministered to thousands of people across America. From colleges and churches to family reunions and birthday parties; from professional basketball games to prisons Stephen I has been given the ability to communicate effectively to all types of cultures and backgrounds. His ministry has been radically impacting people from all over with the uncompromising word of God. Not only does Stephen I. minister through music but he is a recognized preacher calling this world to repentance.
IICorinthians 4:3 – If our gospel be hid; it is hid to those that are lost.
Stev0 (Joyful) -
Growing up in a Christian family I was always taught about the goodness of Jesus but I never felt like I knew him or like I truly got the picture of what it meant to follow Christ. My whole life I felt like I never fit in or was accepted. I mean being born with a disease like sickle cell anemia, my parents wanting me to have the good things in life by putting me in private schools and living in better neighborhoods than they grew up in. But even though i had love surrounding me and on the outside looking in I had everything i needed, I always walked around feeling empty. I believe that no one has to teach a person to do wrong, since we are born into our sinful nature anyway we just continue to do wrong hoping that the wrong we fall into will bring us the type of redemption and joy that our hearts crave. And as a young individual I fell into that wrong lifestyle, robbing, stealing, smoking, drinking, sex, and drug addiction. Along with those traits I suffered privately with a condition called OCD, that I felt no one could help me with. I would go to bed at night thinking and knowing that I would end up in a crazy house before I died or I would just plan out my funeral continuously. The final cord was struck in my life when me and my girlfriend I was with at the time went through an abortion….man that was it. January 2010 I fell on my knees and told God that He needs to show me that He’s real, and two days later he did just that…..and Jesus Christ saved my life in my sisters bedroom. Ever since I’ve been on this obstacle course for my Lord, living to give Him Glory, and constantly learning and seeking to know more. I know that there are sins still in my life that I must deal with but as the word says this is a race…and as God’s athlete I’m gonna keep running until I see that yellow tape!
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