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How Fro Changed From Hustler and Porn Addict to Christian Rapper

Only God can break another god, and that’s where “Fro” Johnson believed his power came from—himself.

And what would lead him to believe otherwise? 21-year-old Fro lived in a middle-class Memphis, Tenn. neighborhood married with his own house, three cars and closet full of designer clothes. That, after his single, army-enlisted mother and grandmother—who lived in the projects—rotated raising him.

“I just loved to look like I was better than everybody,” he told Wade-O Radio.

Fro had made it. And he made it happen by hustling. He used selling marijuana, credit card fraud and any opportunity that presented itself to make money.

Thieves shook up the world that the 23-year-old Fro ruled one day when they ransacked his house, overturning beds and ripping apart closets—digging for Fro’s marijuana, he suspected. This victimization marked the first occasion that challenged his authority, but it failed to break him.

It almost broke his marriage, though. His high school sweetheart had endured enough. Fro abused his wife—a Christian, the “school Jesus freak” growing up—and her attempt to convert him only intensified his abuse.

“Even when she would try to give me the gospel and tell me how I was living was wrong, I would break her down in a way that was very dominant to show her that I was God,” said Fro. “I run the show. Where is God at right now because I’m paying the bills? I’m taking care of you.”

Fro imposed his will to find pleasure wherever his heart desired. His lust for material possession ultimately found itself paired with the frequent watching of pornography. Doing just that one evening, two years after robbers shook up his world, God turned it upside down.

“As I was [watching pornography], I felt a presence that I really can’t explain, but I knew it was the Lord,” said Fro. “I just felt him telling me that, ‘I’m not pleased with you. The way you are living, I didn’t make you for that.’”

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Fro fell from his seat to his knees. Cries for forgiveness produced tears of guilt and shame that rolled down his face. Fro surrendered his life to Jesus Christ on the floor of his living room, and God answered his cries by giving him a passion to share the gospel.

However, as Fro attests to, just because one’s life is headed in the right direction doesn’t mean that he or she is immune to destructive tendencies.

Fro had attended church growing up on the Sunday mornings that he awoke at his grandmother’s. The Bible had been repeatedly preached to Fro, but never impacted him. He buried his nose in the book after becoming a Christian, but a lack of wisdom and accountability coupled with over-zealousness destroyed his marriage.

Before he became a Christian, Fro would spend spare time of his promoting his friends’ hip-hop albums. He did so by popping the trunk of his car at gas stations and trying to persuade customers to buy them. Fro excelled, so he spread his Christian rap albums the same way.

After his ministry—sharing the gospel while selling CDs out of his car—blossomed in Memphis, he took it to other cities in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Georgia. Fro put all his energy into this effort, even sleeping in his car on road trips to save money. He dedicated so much time to his newfound mission over the next two years that he neglected his wife.

“My whole world fell apart,” said Fro. “My wife didn’t want to have anything to do with me. She didn’t believe anymore what I was doing because of how I was doing it.”

They divorced, which led to a one-year hiatus of Fro’s ministry.

“My wife should’ve been my first ministry,” he said, “but instead, I was just doing my own thing thinking this is what I’m supposed to do.”

Fro, a newborn Christian, had no one to hold him accountable until it was too late. He eventually found discipleship under his pastor, and Fro used his year off to grow in his relationship with God. Through breaking down scripture in his apartment, he not only learned what he did wrong, but about God’s grace.

His ministry rebounded, and Fro married again at the age of 30.

“I don’t deserve a second chance,” he said. “I don’t deserve a second wife. God could’ve kept me single my whole life and dealt with the things I was dealing with as far as being a man. He chose to bless me, and so I learned not to take her for granted.”

Fro ministers today through his music and after-school tutoring program in Memphis. He released the sequel to his album Careless Muzic Vol. 1 on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

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David Daniels is a Wade-O Radio news editor, Bleacher Report breaking news writer, The Geneva Cabinet campus editor and God Hop founder. He’s currently a Communication major at Geneva College and lives in Pittsburgh. Follow him on Twitter @TheRealDDaniels.

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