Marcus Williams Gray, also known as Christian rapper, “FLAME”, is a student at Boyce College, the undergraduate school of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He has broken into the world of rap music with a style that is potent.
“A lot of people believe that rap music is of the devil,” Gray says. ”Well, I agree that the message can definitely be demonic or anti-Christ, but the power in rap music in and of itself is massive. So, when you take the Gospel message and you marry it to rap music, it’s a dynamic that can’t be duplicated.”
Flame’s latest album, “Our World Redeemed,” was nominated for a Grammy in the Rap Gospel Album category and has many people listening to Gospel who wouldn’t otherwise be interested.
“When they hear relevant metaphors and similes that are from the culture but are affiliated with God’s Word and the Bible, it’s just a wonderful tool in the hands of God,” he said. “And I’ve seen so many people, I’ve just seen their jaws drop and I’ve seen the Holy Spirit dig inside of their heart and start to remove that stony heart. And they hear the Gospel through rap music.”
Though he gained the name FLAME before becoming a Christian, Flame says it now describes the “fire in his bones” to spread God’s Word.