You know Montell Jordan. But the “This Is How We Do It” singer has abandoned his familiar topics of women, partying and drinking and is now the worship pastor at a church in Atlanta. He uses his brand of pop-leaning contemporary Christian music to lead the multi-ethnic megachurch.

We meet up with him recently in L.A. Now 44, he looks like a soccer dad running Saturday morning errands in his powder blue shirt, grey zip-up hoodie, and matching flat cap. Joined by his wife Kristin, the father of four is not wearing sunglasses, as pop stars tend to do. This appears to be a changed man.

“It was a direct reflection of what street life was for a good kid growing up in the neighborhood,” Jordan says of “This is How We Do It,” a number one hit in 1995 that was inspired by his South Central childhood

But despite his surroundings, he didn’t get involved with gangs. “I was more fearful of my dad than I was the Crips and Bloods,” he says. “If we even thought about gangbanging or being around that, he would take us out first.”

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