What’s good y’all? For those of you don’t know me I go by the name of Micah “Preacher Boy” Butler. Welcome to the first Behind The Mic. We have a lot of good stuff lined up for you as we step behind the mic, so you can see what these Kingdom Artist are about. Get to know them outside of their music. As we are set to release Jesus Music Vol. 1 I thought I’d answer some of the questions you all sent me. Well here it goes!
Q. With as much as you can share. How do you connect with so many artists? (Stephania from Texas)
A. Good question. Well I’d like to say it’s me, but all credit goes to the Father. I love Romans 8:28 and I really think it fits perfectly! “And we know in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose!” That’s real right there. Believe me. For the longest time I didn’t think this thing was going to come together. I couldn’t find artists! But things just started pulling together. I contacted the artists and shared with them the vision that God gave me for Jesus Music and things just came together! All honor and glory goes to the Lord! Real talk!
Q. How long have you been walking with the Lord? (Kelia- California)
A. Faithfully since Feb. 7th, 2010. So that’s what? 9 months! That’s when I re-dedicated my life to God. My spiritual mentor prayed for me at church that day and said my life would never be the same again. And he was right. It hasn’t.
Q. Tell me about your stance against secular music. What really prompte your stance? Is it against all secular music?
A. YES, YES and YES. My beef is against all secular music. And I haven’t always been like this. This is actually new. This feeling against secular music world was really intensified after hearing Kanye West’s new song “Power” and after watching the music video it only became worse. At the 1:16 mark of the song, you can clearly hear, “Hail Satan” in the background! Where dey do dat at? It’s ridiculous. And we are pumping this music into our heads!
Music is extremely influential. Like you hear a certain song and it makes you happy. It makes you sad. It makes you angry. It makes you wanna dance. It makes you wanna have sex. You can’t deny the fact that music has Power. Satan used to be the lead musician in heaven. If you read Ezekiel 28 you will see that he was the “choir director” in heaven. So it doesn’t surprise me that he uses MUSIC to influence people. I have a lot more to say on this but I encourage you to follow me at www.preacherboy.us and check out a series we just started called, “Pop Culture Is Destroying Our Minds”. We tackle this topic there. Just remember every song, has a certain spirit behind it. We must keep Proverbs 4:23 at the forefront of our minds. “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life!”
Q. Tell me about your past and how did you become saved? (AFC)
A. Man, I’ve been a church goer all my life. My moms and pops, both preachers! But I wasn’t where I needed to be. My testimony ain’t no different from anyone else’s really. I was doing all the right things on Sunday’s. Singing in the choir, playing with the musicians, and “ministering” to the youth. But throughout the week I was fornicating, submitting myself to pornography, clubbin’ and partying! I was trying to edify the spirit and the flesh at the same time. But I’m here to tell you that you can’t serve two Gods. You are either for HIM or against HIM. We can’t be see-saw Christians.
Young people, believe me I know you’re struggle. I’ve been forced to be in church. But I also felt like I needed to get things (which were really sinful desires) out of my system. I’ve drank, shacked up, done drugs. You name it I’ve done it. I was a slave to sin. And I didn’t care because I wanted to be cool. I’m here today to tell you serving God and bringing Jesus to the streets is COOL! Once I realized that I can follow Christ and still enjoy life, TRULY enjoy life, I didn’t want no part of the world anymore!
Q. What has been your biggest challenge putting this project together? (Mayra- California)
A. It would definitely be me being in Iraq. It was often times getting in contact with the DJ and the artist. Then my Internet connection out here is super slow. So it was frustrating. But things came together. I also had to deal with a lot of criticism, a lot of negative people and a lot of haters. This has been a process for me. Initially I let it get to me. People said things like, “The cover of the mixtape is racist because there’s no white people on it”, “You can’t rap for God. You’re mixing the world in God business” and I won’t even entertain some of the other things that were said. You see even Jesus had people who “hated” on him. They told him shouldn’t heal people on the Sabbath. But you know what? If God tells us to do something that’s all that matters. That’s the only one who we should worry ourselves with. So it’s been a process, a difficult one at times, trying to learn how to deal with the critics. But my boy Rey King told me, “Don’t read what they say. This is your mission. It’s between you and God! That’s it!”
Q. What made you take the blindfold off and make music for the Lord?
A. Oh wow! Well goes back to my favorite verse. Acts 20:24. “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus. The work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God!” That sums it up. Before what, for like 5 years I was chasing a career in R&B and Rap. I had what I thought to be hits. You know I was there and wondering why my music isn’t hitting. And now I look back and I see that I was using my talents in the wrong way! Not using them for the ONE who gave them to me. God did give me amazing talents. I can sing, write, rap and act. I don’t say that with pride either. I say that to illustrate all the he has blessed me with. But when we don’t operate our gifts in the way we are supposed to we are living outside of His will. I never want to be at that point again. So I’ll be pushing Kingdom Music till Christ returns!
Q. How many people do you have on the mixtape? (Shane- North Carolina)
A. If you include me and DJ Tek, 25. God really showed up and showed out! Increase all over this thing!
Q. Where did you start? (Shaquille-Michigan)
A. Where did I start? Prayer and fasting! That’s essential. Man, it’s so easy to get lost in the music. I never want to be defined by my music. I always want to be defined by my ministry. You see we are ministers. We are preaching the word. Living Matthew 28: 16-20. We’re going out and making disciples of ALL NATIONS. Speaking languages. The language of our youth is Hip Hop Music. But we give them Kingdom Music. But like I said it’s easy to get lost in the music and you can lose sight of the purpose of this. And that’s to win souls for Christ. We can’t start becoming self promoters. We always have to be Christ Promoters. So yea I started off with fasting and prayer. Cuz I knew that I would have to be focused and grounded!
Q. What inspired you to reach out to the youth like you’re doing? (Jeff-Illinois)
A. You know, it’s a passion that has always been there but has gotten stronger over the last year. Our young people need someone to feed into them. They are so lost these days. And a a lot of these “seasoned Christians” do nothing to help them. They just beat them up and judge them. There is a difference between correction and damnation. And many time they receive judgement and that’s it. God has called our young people. He’s about to rise them up they just need that support. I feel like God is going to use me as a voice for our young people. We need to take the word to them. Take Jesus to the streets. That’s the purpose of Jesus Music Vol. 1. Our kids aren’t going to go to church. Why? Cuz they get told they are going to hell when they go there. But no one tells them why. No one tells them why the things they are doing is wrong. It’s just throw stones, throw stones, throw stones!
JMV1 is the bait. Jesus told us that we are fishermen. Does it matter what bait you use as long as it lines up with the word of God? No. You see we are going to catch a lot of fish with this. I love that God has given me a chance to change the lives of our young people. This is just the beginning!
Q. Preacher Boy is there a Preacher Girl? (Danielle- Arizona)
A. Lol. Naw not yet. But I believe that God is going to bless me with my Proverbs 31. I really do. But right now I’m getting myself together. As a former slave to sexual sin I believe that God is waiting so he can continue to refine me through the refiners fire. So he can make me pure gold. He’s doing the same thing with my wife. We shall cross paths soon!
Q. So how do you feel about being a front runner for the next wave of Gospel Hip-Hop Artist/Minister? (Church Boi)
A. Woooaaahhh! lol. Ummm, you know I really haven’t thought about that. Because it’s not about me. I’m just a vessel. God can have anyone doing what I’m doing. Look at the bible. One day it was Peter the next day it was Paul. Once again it goes back to Acts 20:24. I’m just trying to complete my mission. But I mean, I love how God grew this thing. And eyes have not seen nor have ears heard what God has in store. We have a lot more coming your way. Dec. 7th we will be re-releasing JMV1. Called Dance Like David and giving each song a Dance remix. Then next year you will be seeing a group of young people, 19 and under present to you, Young S.W.A.G.G. (Serving With A Godly Gift). That’s gonna be crazy! Ummm, also sometime prior to summer, you will hear the first Preacher Boy mixtape, titled Fade Away. But that’s all the future. Right now it’s all about Jesus Music Vol. 1
Okay y’all thanks for the questions. Hopefully I helped you understand me and this movement a little bit more! Like I said this is just the begining. I truly hope you all enjoy the mixtape. Love y’all and stay tuned for MUCH MUCH MORE!