Memphis pastor raps to spread the Gospel - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis pastor raps to spread the Gospel

Reverend Terrell Monger in his "Hood Rich" music video. (Source: Facebook) Reverend Terrell Monger in his "Hood Rich" music video. (Source: Facebook)

A Memphis pastor is using his rap roots to help children across the Mid-South.

Reverend Terrell Monger created a well produced rap video together to reach out to the neighborhood he grew up in.

"I'm actually from the hood," Monger said. "I grew up in it. I remember the good. I remember the bad. I remember the ugly."

He said he grew up knowing to go home as soon as the street lights came on. 

Now, his song "Hood Rich" is being used to help children understand there is a way out.

Monger said he came from a rough part of South Memphis. He put his song together to reach out to that community with a positive message.

"We wanted to use our talents to do some positive influence in the community," Monger said.

If you listen closely, you can tell that this preacher is no rookie to rap. He at one time aspired to be a famous rapper.

He even recorded songs with famous rappers like 8Ball, MJG, and DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia.

But he quickly discovered that lifestyle wasn't for him.

"I didn't like the direction that music was taking me in," Monger said. "When I started making music that I couldn't play for my momma, I was like it's time for me to walk away from this."

Now Reverend Monger is using his preaching and his rapping skills to unite people, and hopefully have an impact on the neighborhoods he knows well.

"I'm looking forward to the next things that we do, because I don't want it to be a one stop, one hitter quitter. I want to use these things to change the culture and if we do it consistently, we can bring about a consistent change."

Of the three rappers in the video two of them, including Reverend Monger, are pastors. They put the video together to promote a play they're working on that's also called "Hood Rich." It is scheduled to open in February at the Cannon Center. Click here for ticket information. 

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