Meet Michael Lacoste
I learned how important it is to be selfless and dedicated to your family. Growing up without a father had a huge impact on me. I had to learn how to do a lot of things on my own. I used to get so angry because I had friends who's fathers were there for them. But, that's how I fell in love with music. I could write about stuff in my life. It was a way to relieve stress. At school, I used to rap during lunch breaks and in the hallways. People used to like my flows. But back then, I used to rap about different stuff. I grew up listening to Tupac, Eminem, Outkast, Kanye West, Nelly, and 50 Cent, so I wanted to rap about what they rapped about.
Eventually, I got to rap at Pep Assemblies. My High school had about 2000 people. So rapping in front of that many people was a rush! Feeding off the energy of the crowd and stuff. That's how I fell in love with performing. I grew up not walking the Christian path. I knew of God, and I had a healthy fear of him, but I wasn't a Christian. In my mind, I didn't think that I was good enough to be a Christian. I mean, if my own father (my own flesh and blood) didn't want anything to do with me, why would God?
When, I got to college at the University of Missouri-Columbia (M-I-Z Z-O-U!) my life changed. I met this guy named Clark. Clark lived in the dorms with me. He was the community adviser on my floor. Once a week, he would come by my dorm room and chill with me. At first, we would just watch Everybody Loves Raymond DVDs.
But, after he got to know me, he asked me about my faith... It really made me uncomfortable. No one had ever asked me something like that before. Then, he even took it a step further. He asked me, "If you died today, would you go to Heaven?" I sat there for a while and all I could say was "no.” I remember being really angry at Clark. I mean, who was this guy to come and question me? But, after a while, the Holy Spirit convicted me.
I thought about my life up to that point, and I realized I wanted more. I needed more. So, Clark continued to reach out to me. We would meet up weekly and go over scripture. I learned about the life of Jesus Christ. I learned about being a true Christian. I wanted that so much... Something real. Later that year, I gave my life to Christ. Clark had my back through it all. He even brought me to the campus ministry that he attended (Mizzou BSU). That's where I got a family. Everybody took me in. The BSU helped me take my faith even further. I started making rap music and everybody supported me. I wanted to make rap music that glorified God because He has done so much for me. The least that I can do is to make music in His honor. I want to make music to reach people that were like me growing up. There are a lot of people out there who aren't being reached. There are so many people who are looked over and forgotten about because they're considered to be "hopeless." I want this music to give them hope.