The Book of Dad – Expressions
We all have our unique way of creating or communicating; talking, writing, gesturing, praying – all that. Other ways of creating or communicating is via the entertainment industry, acting, singing and the playing of musical instruments, and within the last 3 1/2 decades or so, Rap. Arguably, a form of poetry and music or as I often refer to it as “Pomuse” where in its greatest form it is effective poetry and musing combined, containing colorful language, relatable stories while simultaneously stirring up the rhythm in us, while simultaneously getting the point across. Some of the truly “Great Ones” include “Tupac”, “Eminem”, “Public Enemy” & “Kool Moe Dee” to name a few. In the last few decades this flowetry has spilled over into the gospel realm. Interesting, because it has been said “when one sings, they are actually calling out and prying to the Lord twice”. Rappers are now doing the same thing; Pomusing for blessings, showing the ultimate respect for the supreme being, Devine Creator of the universe! it’s truly an art form; today we talk to renown Christian Rapper, Karim.
Karim, an anointed rap artist, singer, and song writer, is a born again Christian – converted from the Muslim faith by the love of Christ. He has been rapping since 1984. Born in Rochester, New York, now resides in Riverdale, GA with his wife and two sons.
Karim, a former correctional officer has performed at over 200 functions in New York, Maryland, Alabama, Georgia, and the two cities of Dakar and St. Louis, Senegal in West Africa. He currently raps at different events in Georgia and abroad while touching the heart of God’s people right where they are. He was a featured artist on a National Black History Month cassette which was sponsored by COCA-COLA. This cassette was distributed nationally to over one thousand students. Karim is a recipient of the SCLC RAPPING FOR OUR FUTURE ORATORICAL CONTEST AWARD for 1st place in 1986. He also placed 1st at the BET/BLACK EXPO NATIONAL RAP CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE IN 1997.
He has served as a musical guest on the (Personalities, Profiles, and Perspectives Radio Show) with Radio Host Kay Thompson. He has also been a guest on the Atlanta Live television show hosted by Pastor Alan Parker of the New Vision Church in 2008. He has been a special guest on several college and local radio stations in the Atlanta area. His performances include him opening up for Stevie Wonder, December Radio, and Classic rappers Heavy D, and Big Daddy Kane. Karim is currently rapping in various Prison Ministries. He has rapped at over 15 different functions inspiring prison inmates to have a better outlook on life.
A former student of Mrs. Beverly Poitier-Henderson (daughter of Sydney Poitier) at the Northside School of the Arts Drama Program, he received Jesus as his LORD and SAVIOR. Since that time he’s polished his God given gift and ministered gospel via rapping and singing at over 50 functions in Georgia via FISHNET MINISTRIES. Karim knows his calling from GOD is to promote the Gospel with simplicity and understanding without compromise.