Getting crunk for Christ: Gospel rap hits Tampa airwaves
If you've ever gotten crunk for Christ, jammed for Jehovah or for raised the roof for your redeemer, then Gregory Thomas has a TV show for you.
Known in Christian circles as "Brother Greg," above, the 47-year-old is creator and producer of Outside da Box, a public-access show that features gospel rap, drama, poetry and other arts.
The weekly program is taped at Tampa Bay Community Network on the University of Tampa campus and airs live, with a mix of in-studio performances and pre-recorded church concerts. More churches are encouraging "gospel rap ministers" to perform for the congregation, Thomas said, giving talented young Christians an alternative to the club scene.
In each episode, host Chad "Da' Decan" Bagley shows a video clip, invites the featured artists to perform a capella and chats with them about how they rep God through music. That's why Thomas named the show Outside da Box.
"It doesn't mean to stay outside of the church building, but what are you doing once you leave the building?" said Thomas, of Tampa, a member of Revealing Truth Ministries.
For more on Outside da Box, including how you can get some airtime, check out Dalia Colon's story here.