A. Doulos

For fans of:Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Bizzle, Shai Linne, Sho Baraka
Anthony Nelson grew up in Oakland, California. He got into hip-hop as a teenager and his career took off (locally) when he hooked up with Too Short's group, the Dangerous Crew. Then called Ant Diddley Dog, he was a part of a duo called Bad-N-Fluenz, and they were promising prodigies in the secular West Coast rap world. Back then, in the mid-to-late 90s, Oakland's gangsta rap scene was thriving as an underground hotbed. The likes of Too Short, Bad-N-Fluenz, Tha Luniz (famous for the "I Got Five On It" song) and 3xKrazy highlighted Oakland's hardcore rap scene, which put the Bay Area on the map long before the Hyphy Movement. But the tragic death of his partner and friend, Rappin' Ron, changed everything for Anthony. Most important, it initiated a journey that led him to the safe bosom of Jesus. He is now A. Doulos (which means "a servant") and he's using his talent as a rapper for the cause of Christ. His influences then were Rappin' Ron, Too Short, E-40, Ant Banks, 2Pac, Dr. Dre and Snoop. His influence now is Jesus, and the children of God who proudly proclaim Christ's name. Nelson is lyrically superior because of his Spirit-guided wisdom and seemingly endless well of creativity. He has a refreshing command of the craft and understanding of his skills, and an efficient work ethic. He has worked with and learned from some legends in West Coast hip-hop and his polish is evidenced in his music. His professional background, his amazing story of transformation, his unbridled and unwavering dedication to the Word of God, his perspective as a loving husband and father, his work in ministry and in the pulpit - it all comes together to make a powerful spokes man for the Savior.?