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Student spreads gospel through rap

Posted by rc360 on December 8, 2009

Rapper King Joseph shares his faith through his songs.

Rapper King Joseph shares his faith through his songs. (saccityexpress.com/Jack Remson)

For many people, rap music is a way to express their personality. Rapping is a way to deliver their message to society to those who listen. Joseph Franklin uses rap music to preach the gospel.

For many people, rap music is a way to express their personality. Rapping is a way to deliver their message to society to those who listen. Joseph Franklin uses rap music to preach the gospel.

Franklin, also known as King Joseph, is a recording arts major who is the former president of DiverCity Music and Production at City College and has also performed on campus and at local churches. Since becoming a Christian in 2005, Franklin gives thanks to God for the dramatic turnaround of his life and has performed gospel rap since then.

“The way that God has blessed my life and took me from nothing (in) the world, a negative, criminal environment,” Franklin says. “Then (God) changed my life and just blessed me with a beautiful family and got me out of going to jail and the prison systems and not having enough to more than enough. So I have to do this in order to stay righteous with my father.”

Franklin, 29, has produced his seventh CD, Hood Trap. His first rap was written by his mother 21 years ago when rap music was coming onto the scene. Since then, he’s wanted to rap.

“Right now, rapping is very important,” he says. “I was called to share the word of the gospel, which is the good news,” he says. “I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be behind the pool pit, but I’m doing his work through my music.”

His friends say that his music is different from mainstream rap.

“His music makes you listen to it,” Donté Boyd says. “He’s more of a lyricist. He doesn’t brag about the money he has, the cars, the girls or all of the materialistic things. He’s speaking on real life issues, what you can do to improve your life and get into a place where you can stand on solid ground and say you became successful.”

Arick Desmangles, who provides the studio for Franklin, agrees that his positive message in his rap songs will draw in listeners.

“King Joseph, he’s an urban rapper with the truth,” Desmangles says. “You’re (going to) get just a lot of music out here that sounds the same. When you hear King Joseph’s music, it’s something different, something that you’re going to pay attention to, because it’s the truth. When you get tired listening to that other music, then this is the music you’re (going to) be hearing.”

Although he performs with a positive message, he has been criticized.

“All the time,” he says, about receiving criticism, “I’m like this here: My father created the heavens and the earth. If he can feed the birds then he can make sure that his will is fulfilled throughout my life.”

Like many other rappers, he’s thought about signing a record deal if he had the chance. Family, however, is more important to him.

“If the right deal comes along like a production deal or maybe even a music placement deal,” he says. “But I don’t want to be gone away from my family because my family needs me just like I need Christ Jesus.”

Even though some have scoffed at his aspirations, Franklin sends out his message he hopes will encourage others.

“You can do anything that you (want to) do,” he says. “You can be anything be anything that you (want to) be. All you’ve (got to) do is ask God to send you on your righteous path and he will give you direction.”

Click here to read the story on the Express website.

Click here to read the story on the Express print newspaper.

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