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  • Writer's pictureJohn Kim

Ol' Skool & Kanye West

John 11:23 “Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’”

A couple weeks back I met a really inspiring gentleman named “Ol’ Skool”. After introducing myself I asked him about his story. He replied (and I paraphrase)

“I’m a rapper and back in the day, my group Abstract Mindstate, we were one of the hottest acts in the Chicago Hip Hop scene. I eventually got burnt out being an artist and it didn’t feel like we were getting anywhere. So I went and worked with Kanye as the head of A&R for his record label.

It’s been over a decade that I’ve been working on the business side of the industry. I had no hope whatsoever that I’d ever be an artist again. But then one day out of nowhere, Kanye calls me and tells me we need to bring back Abstract Mindstate. And I say to him ‘you telling me the world needs some forty something year old rappers right now? You crazy!’ And he says to me

‘That’s EXACTLY what the world needs right now. You are going to save lives and inspire hope.’”

Mr West produced and featured on the duo’s record. They’ve produced a documentary about the story that will feature at Sundance and major film festivals around the world. Not to mention the upcoming world tour…

When I heard the story I felt overwhelmed and immediately thought of two men… my dad and Lazarus. See when it seems like there’s no hope, God always has a greater plan.

Lord, thanks for your reminder. Every setback is a setup for greater favor. Your hope… is EXACTLY what the world needs right now. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us as we head towards 2022. In your son’s name, Amen.

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