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Christian rapper Thi’sl faced some dark days living in the inner city or the “belly of the beast,” as some urban dwellers like to call it. But Since God called him from the gritty streets of St. Louis, Mo., several years ago, he has been blazing a trail of inspiration through a language its residents already know – hardcore rap.

Make no mistake though. The only things Thi’sl, 36, born Travis Tyler, glorifies in his music are Jesus and deliverance.

His fearless delivery of compelling lyrics in songs like “Motivation” from his latest album, Free From the Trap, renounces the stereotypical gangster life of greed, sex and materialism touted by many others in his field. It has also distinguished him as a rapper that is both true to his roots and spiritual calling.

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