ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – A native St. Louisan tops this week’s iTunes hip hop charts — finishing ahead of superstars Drake and the Beastie Boys.

The artist known as Flame is successfully mixing the sacred with the secular.

Born Marcus Gray, Flame is now a well-known Christian hip hop artist that’s selling a lot of CD’s these days.

“[I’m] here today traveling the world communicating through rap music a positive strong message about the world, about the Bible, about Christ and how it relates to people, how to make an impact in our generation,” Flame told KMOX.

Flame grew up in North City exposed to a maze of gangs, drugs and hip hop. He credits his parents for turning him onto the Gospel, and after recovering from injuries suffered in a horrible car crash, began seeking out Christian rap music.

Flame’s seventh full-length release, Royal Flush, tops the iTunes hip hop chart.

“It’s super fun, super energetic, but it’s a strong album,” he says, adding “the content is really resonating with the average person that loves hip hop, but wants to know about the deeper questions in life.”

Today, Flame has a degree in biblical counseling and is currently enrolled at Louisville’s Southern Seminary.

“I love the Bible. I love theology. I love Jesus and that light bulb moment when people get excited about Him,” he said.


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