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Cassidy may have entered into the world of Hip Hop as a gangster rapper 10 years ago, but the 30-year-old, born Barry Reese, has endured numerous trials that have inspired him to bring people to Jesus Christ using the power of music.

While the Philadelphia, Pa. rapper told The Christian Post that he has always had a relationship with God, he readily admits that his faith grew after serving an eight-month stint in prison stemming from murder charges. After his 2006 prison release, Cassidy was involved in a near-fatal car accident that crushed his skull and left him in a coma.

Although the rapper had already made a name for himself in the Hip Hop community with two albums, he told The Christian Post that he felt compelled to become more vocal about his relationship with God after overcoming the two significant events.

“When I came from jail and recovered from the accident I definitely felt obligated to talk about my relationship with God because that’s the only way that I could make it through those situations that I was in. That’s why I did the album B.A.R.S and did a lot of songs like ‘Done 4 Me’ and ‘Leanin’ on the Lord’ with Angie Stone,” Cassidy told CP of his decision to feature faith-based songs on his mainstream rap release in 2007. “I just wanted to show people that you can come from the streets, you can be around a lot of different things but still have a relationship with God and be an artist and talk about it.”

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