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10 Rappers Who Found God

Rap and religion (attempt to) join in holy matrimony.

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Over the years, several rap stars have transitioned away from racy lyrics and into serious religious life, using their personal revelations to refresh both their souls and their careers. Here are some of the most talked-about cases of divine interventions in rap.

1. Loon

Once part of Diddy's Bad Boy entourage, Loon left the game in the mid-2000s. Later, he converted to Islam and changed his name to "Amir Junaid Muhadith." Loon appeared on Al Jazeera in 2009 and talked about his newfound identity. "Bad boy days are over," he said. "Now, I'm what you call a good boy."

2. Shyne

Another former Bad Boy member, Shyne parted ways with (and/or ditched, you decide) the label after a controversial gun charge, jail sentence, and deportation. By 2010, Shyne was living as a Hasidic Jew under the name Moses Michael Levi.

3. Mase

Mase, another one of Diddy's underwing associates, started a 5-year hiatus from rap in 1999. He explained to Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex that he wanted to respond to a "calling from God." Although he continues to lead a ministry, Mase has kept close with the Bad Boy family and continued to release rap tracks.

In January, the rapper Instagrammed the above throwback photo with this caption: "Fake is an option I do not chose to exercise."


4. Rev. Run Simmons

Being a front vocalist for a pioneer rap crew wasn't enough to realize his life's purpose, so Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons became an ordained minister. His practices were highly publicized through his successful MTV reality show Run's House.

5. No Malice

The artist formerly known as Malice released records as Clipse with his brother, Pusha T. A few years ago, both guys began solo careers. That's when Malice changed his name to No Malice and released a solo album and a book that addressed his newfound faith in Jesus.

7. Gangsta Boo

The onetime Three 6 Mafia member turned to God and denounced her "Gangsta" title after splitting from the group. Though she now releases songs as Gangsta Boo, she temporarily changed her name to Lady Boo in the early 2000s.

"I'm glad I changed," she said in2001. "I'm glad I saw and realized what was going wrong with my life and corrected it. A lot of people can't correct their errors or their issues because they're scared of what people are going to say. But I'm not, though, because I've got to wake up to myself. I don't wake up to the world. The world don't go to sleep with me."


9. Salt of Salt-N-Pepa

Cheryl James, aka Salt of Salt-N-Pepa, turned to religion after the group's fame began to fade. People speculated that the group ultimately fell apart because James refused to perform some of their racier hits.