In honor of the King of Gospel, we want to tell the truth about what we truly feel, because although the late Rev. James Cleveland allegedly had a personal weakness for men, he indeed had standards. Those of us who remember him before hip hop gospel was came on the scene, knew he man of dignity. The legendary Rev. James Cleveland continued to create such sacred gospel songs until the day he died. His songs were so beautiful and way beyond the rhythm and rhyme of today’s secularized gospel songs created by those whom have disrespected his legacy and that is the majority of gospel artists of today. One of the only giants we can respect who did not yield to the temptation of fame and fortune, to be among secular entertainers, is the late Jessy Dixon and this is why he is so well missed. Many could not believe we lost Jessy Dixon, because he never stooped low to Satan’s tricks and schemes, but until the day died, the Ambassador was a true inspiration for all generations and we are very sure not only James Cleveland would have been proud of him, but most of all, God.
To answer your question, absolutely not, Rev. James Cleveland would never condone hip hop gospel, which was creeping on the scene before he died in 1991. Rev. James Cleveland always spoke out against such worldly entertainment. In the book, Black Gospel, Rev. James Cleveland allegedly made it clear, he did not want to produce the song for the movie, Roots, but he did it, anyway. Rev. James Cleveland also made it very clear, white producers wanted him to create music their way, but he said he was not one to do what “the white man” wanted, but only God’s way. Therefore, Rev. James Cleveland was not a weak gospel artist, he spoke his mind and created music, which was sent straight from heaven, never borrowed from worldly music. This is why Rev. James Cleveland was the King of Gospel, he was not a follower, but a strong leader. If only he could ignore the alleged demons of homosexuality, we possibly would have still had him in the industry, a bit longer. However, what is so sad is this very fact, there were many alleged meetings among carnal gospel artists who wanted to subtract the sacredness of gospel music to make more money. One of the biggest names, Daryl Coley allegedly discovered Kirk Franklin and introduced him to a Los Angeles producer who allegedly agreed to promote his music. Eventually, GMWA (Gospel Music Workshop of America) allegedly welcomed Kirk Franklin and many other hip hop gospel…Read full article, here.
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