NASHVILLE, TN—Popular Christian rapper Soulboi 316 announced Tuesday that he is fully prepared to stop mentioning Jesus or his Christian faith in his music the instant he gets even the faintest whiff of fame and fortune from the secular music industry at large.
“I’m totally, 100% sold out for Jesus—until I hear those first whispers of praise and accolades from the broader music industry. Then, I’m out of here. And if you disagree with that, then you were never a real fan,” the hip-hop artist said in a video posted to his YouTube account. “But until that day comes, I’m still all about bringing glory to God through my music.”
The rapper went on to explain that he is careful to glorify the Lord with every word of his music, weaving in deeply theological lyrics and spreading the gospel through his craft, and that he will continue to do so until it becomes apparent to him that he could sell more records and fill larger venues by axing the overtly Christian message, thus earning himself many millions of dollars.
“When that happens, I’m going to switch from a ‘Christian rapper’ to more of a generic-type ‘conscious’ or ‘uplifting’ rapper, and just say I’m trying to influence culture or whatever,” Soulboi said. “Some of my early fans won’t like it, but hey, they’re just haters.”
Pressed by a commenter about whether this approach might be abandoning the faithful Christian fans who made him popular to begin with, and asked about past lyrics of his in which he swore he would never tone down his gospel message to sell more records, the rapper replied, “Stop trying to put me in a box!”