Mainstream rapper DMX has never shied away from sharing about his Christian faith. In episode 3 of N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN's "Drink Champs" podcast, the New York rapper ended his interview with a deep prayerful freestyle.
See his freestyle in its entirety below:
"Dear Lord I need to be rescued, no one can get it done except you
Please tell me the test is through, I did my best to, as I could, as I should, Knock on wood, that I'm hood, that I'm good because He knows my heart and what grows from the start, glows in the dark. Know from the start, I was chose for this part.
When you're smart, you won't always bite but you knows when to bark
Rose from the dark, caught a glimpse of the light now I can't live without it
Man this ain't right, so I'm going to give it to Jesus cuz it ain't my fight
I want to make it to the light, please make it alright
Ain't nobody but you taking my life cuz I know not many do make it through the fight
But there still are many who walk with your grace
Cuz I know of plenty who work with your face, In their minds, in their hearts, with the word on their lips, But still stray from the herd, I'm sure you've heard how it gets
Because the word is a gift, that'll break any yoke, stronghold, or bond down to a third of a strength
When you're free in the name of Jesus you're free indeed, all you need is faith the size of a mustard seed
All things are possible through Christ who strengthens me, it's my destiny to be the best I could be, to give you the best of me, and now there ain't no such thing as the rest of me, cuz you have selflessly gave me the recipe but It's the word it's the book right here the whole time man
I done did the whole nine 4X, probably more times I kinda lost track
Every time I got lost, of course right back, they don't understand how I get lost like that
I learned like this, you get taught like that"
DMX has been very successful in the rap industry selling over 30 million albums, gaining international acclaim with his gangsta rap, but he has said that he will one day release a gospel album.
In 2014, DMX was interviewed by Bulgarian urban media 359HipHop and discussed his aspiration to eventually become a pastor. In the sit down with 359HipHop, he expressed how thankful he was about being able to continue to performing after so many years.
When asked about his religious aspirations, the rapper said he was "spiritual" not religious. "I will not be a priest. I will be a pastor. I'm already a deacon. I will be a pastor," he said.
The rapper first mentioned his "call" of being a pastor during an interview in prison in 2012. He said in the prison interview that upon getting out, he would give his first sermon in the church.
"That's gonna be like incredible for me and I hope it'll be incredible for the congregation of that church," he stated. "I hope I'm able to reach somebody you know and touch somebody and bring them closer to the Lord."
See the full prison interview here.