Article by Priscilla Tate/EEW Magazine News
Last week, EEW Magazine reported that controversial rapper DMX is an ordained Deacon preparing to preach his first sermon soon. But he isn’t the only famous Hip Hop star to come out about his faith. Jayceon "The Game" Taylor, a hardcore California rapper is opening up about his baptism and how he loves God, but still holds on to his “swag.”
The Christian Post recently reported that the 32-year-old chatted with Connecticut radio personality Jenny Boom Boom about his Christian faith inspiring him to create a new album titled "Jesus Piece."
Game said he was baptized last year at Bishop Noel Jones' City of Refuge Church in Gardena, California and admits that it is hard to let go of his old lifestyle he led before committing to living for Christ.
"I'm calling it 'Jesus Piece' 'cause last year in August I got baptized and so I've been going to church, but I still been kinda doing me out here," he said on air. "I still love the strip club and I still smoke and drink. I'm faithful to my family, so I wanted to make an album where you could love God and be of God, but still get it poppin' in your life."
Last month, the Game told Vibe Magazine “I’m a Christian but I’m not ‘holier than thou. Jesus Piece gives me an opportunity to speak about situations that people like me who love God but are still street and still wanna remain themselves without going the Pastor Mase route.”
Rapper Mase, real name Mason Durell Betha, was signed to Sean "Diddy" Combs' hip hop label “Bad Boy Records” in the 90s.He was wildly successful.
But on April 20, 1999, during an interview with Funkmaster Flex on New York radio station Hot 97, Mase announced his retirement from music to pursue "a calling from God."
Today, Betha continues to and serve in ministry with his wife, Twyla, though he has dibbled and dabbled in mainstream Hip Hop over the yeaers. Most recently, in September 2012, Mase appeared on Kanye West's “Cruel Summer” album, on the track "Higher" with The-Dream, Pusha T, and Cocaine 80s.
The Game is clear that he is not interested in becoming a pastor. In fact, he has a bit more liberal view of what it means to be a Christian.
“You can still have swag and be a Christian, you ain’t gotta wear a suit to church, you ain’t gotta take a bath in Holy water,” he told Vibe. “You can still have your Ciroc in the club, it’s just a faith thing and making sure you try to do right. I’m still a father, I still smoke, I still rep Compton. I still might shoot dice or have a fight if I have to defend myself.”
The Game did not indicate whether he is actively attending worship services or receiving guidance and counsel from a Christian leader to help him grow in his faith.