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Rapper Uses Regent Degree for Ministry

By Sarah H. Dolan | October 9, 2009

Christian rap artist Legin.

Christian rap artist Legin has a mission engraved within the lyrics and beats of his music. The rapper's choice alias name is, in itself, a representation of his music's purpose: "Legin" is Nigel Anderson's first name spelled backwards—symbolizing how God reversed his life for the Gospel.

"With my music, I try to relate biblical truth to the audience," Anderson said. "Through my religious studies classes at Regent University, I am more confident about what I talk about, and even believe, in my lyrics." He hopes to bring a positive message to his rhymes, which could transcend the popular rappers' verse that speak to cars, women and self-promotion.

Anderson was recently named Best Male Rap Artist at the third annual 2009 Youth Gospel Entertainment Awards (YGEA) in Atlanta. YGEA recognizes artists who have made positive contributions to their community through ministry.

Anderson is a Regent School of Undergraduate Studies (RSU) student, majoring in religious studies. For the past five years, he and his wife, Tia, founded the Christian music label Renaissance Movement Music as a means to promote his own music as well as other Christian rap artists.

The journey that led Anderson to Regent started several years ago when he worked as a producer with the non-profit organization Youth Entertainment Studios, which ministers to inner-city street kids.

"Because of my job at Youth Entertainment, I was not planning on going to school for a degree," Anderson said. "But, the organization offered me a scholarship to Regent, and I saw the degree as a God-given opportunity."

Now a senior at Regent, Anderson has discovered that for him, music is a season in his life, but not necessarily his future career.

"I want to transition into full time ministry," he said. "I need to prepare to be a pastor, and the best preparation is to continue in higher education."

Anderson aspires to earn both his master's and doctoral degrees at Regent, which will equip him for his next major life turnaround into full time ministry.


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