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SYSK: Christian rapper hopes to spread positive message

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In the studio, Steven Thornton transforms into Gemices Royale.

"Gemini and Pisces put together. My first born daughter's a Gemini and I'm a Pisces. I added Royale because I like James Bond movies," said Gemices Royale.

The Christian rap artist is finishing up a new album, Conviction, set to be released in March.

"I write my own lyrics and make my own beats," said the rapper.

The 26-year-old's first single is called "Spread that Gospel." Gemices Royale recorded his album in Waterloo at Digital Look Studios.

The Waterloo West High graduate said his inspiration for music comes from God. He's trying to live a life following God, and he hopes his music inspires others to do the same.

"I pray a seed gets planted in somebody's life so when they hear the gospel, they're more accepting of it," said Gemices Royale.

Gemices Royale said rap music sometimes gets a bad rap, but he said it's not the rapping that's wrong, rather the words used in the rap. That's why he decided to focus on gospel rap.

Gemices Royale said he couldn't have made his album with out lots of help from fellow musicians and producers.

His long-term goal is to make a living doing what he loves -- rapping Christian music.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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