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Budding Gospel Star, Mali Music Is Taking Heat For Signing With Rap Star, Akon

Budding Gospel star Mali Music is taking heat for signing with Rap Star Akon.  Akon’s label Konvict Music is traditionally a secular rap label, but Akon promises his attentions with Mali are pure.  “This kid is incredible, the world needs to hear him…I don’t want to change him, just want to take his message to the masses,” says Akon.

Akon was in somewhat of a bidding war with labels interested in signing him.  So emotions ran high when Mali Music’s camp announced that he will be signing with Akon.

Akon who’s real name is Jamaal Polard, caught the eye of Akon during the 2011 BET Awards.  Mali Music feels that the signing with Konvict Music will allow him to reach people that don’t know the Lord.

In the interview featured below Mali Music was asked about the criticism that some feel is an unequally yoked partnership.

“I know exactly what it looks like,” says Mali Music. “But at the same time the Lord said to go into the places where the Gospel hasn’t reached.”  Mali emphasizes that he’s not going to throw around scripture defending his decision.  He just wants people to trust what he’s doing.  Mali wrote a song called “GO” that illustrates his feelings on the issue.  That song can be heard in the video below.

To understand the conflict you don’t have to look far to find the controversy.  Akon’s label is called “Konvict” Music for a lack of better names.  Non-the-less the majority of Mali Music’s followers trust that he is sold out for Christ, even with Mali doing a song called “New Life” with Akon.  The song will be featured on Akon’s upcoming album.

Mali Music’s’s powerful poetic style has captivated legions of fans, who’ve shared their passion worldwide and made him an internet sensation with over 2 million views on YouTube and over 1.3 million plays on MySpace.

Rapper Akon will collaborate with Relevé Entertainment and SoundWalk Music Group in managerial duties on Mali Music’s promotions.

Listen to “GO” below:

 

 

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