Earl Simmons, aka famed rapper DMX, nearly lost his life to a drug overdose in February, but now he touts his plans to become a pastor.
"It's almost like the prodigal son," DMX said in a radio interview. "He who is dead is now alive; he who is lost is now found."
DMX says he feels called to be a pastor, and he believes his influence in the music world has allowed him to create a platform.
"That's where I can't give you an answer—will I have more influence as a pastor or a rap artist?" DMX says. "But I do believe that God allowed my music career to create the platform to lay the foundation to gain the ear, to gain the credibility, so that way when I do become a pastor, I don't think I'm going to lose fans, I think I'm going to gain more."
DMX has quite the testimony. He nearly died from a drug overdose earlier this year. He pleaded guilty to drug possession in 2008 and spent time in jail for the charges in 2009.
"Whenever I went through something, it brought me way more closer to God," DMX says. "And I stated it in a song, so now I'm closer to God. But being closer is hard. The attacks get stronger, become much harder to fight, and they last longer! That's what it's always been ... but with the right perspective it can be something to gain."
But his faith shines through his lyrics:
Life or death
Live or die
I will never live a lie
I'm going there cause I try
I wont quit until I die
I'm gone make it wrong or right
Make it through the darkest night
When the morning comes you'll see
All I have is God in me
(Lord give me a sign!)
No weapon formed against me shall prosper
For this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord
In the name of Jesus
Lord give me a sign
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