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Tha GIM (pronounced; the jim) is an acronym for “the God In Me” and represents the rap persona and ministry of Fresno, California born Jacques Guidry. In the midst of being consumed by the street life while also making a name for himself in California's underground rap scene under another alias, Jacques found himself surrendering his life to the call God at the end of the year 1999, it was then in 2003 when he made his choice to pick up the mic again professionally and re-emerged as "Tha G.I.M.", meaning "the God In Me", with a focus to use his God given talent of rhyming as a vehicle for the gospel, used to edify the body of Christ and to outreach to the world in the form of entertainment. Tha GIM was born.
Tha GIM dropped his first full length album debut Art Of War and then in 2005 released Antidote 4 Destruction, which spawned the infectious single and catchy phrase “Kingdom Affiliate”, garnering rave reviews by both secular and Christian hip hop outlets, with three of Antidote’s tracks being picked up by EMI Gospel for two major releases. 2008 marked Tha GIM’s first nationally distributed This Iz My Life via Infinity/ Central South Distribution with the liberating lead single “Freedom Song”, with its music video being put into rotation on Gospel Music Channel, BET and MTV network television channels. Later in 2009 Tha GIM released Eternal Sonshine: The Prequel EP as a free download and followed up with Hybrid: Mixtape Sessions Vol.1 . Tha GIM has toured nationally and has shared stages with hip hop legends such as DJ Kool Herc and Minister Kurtis Blow to gospel legends such as Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary, as well as with some of Christian hip hop’s biggest names like Lecrae and T Bone, earning a national Honoree Award in Atlanta, GA in 2007.
Tha name "Tha GIM" represents more than one person, it represents the multitude of Gods people, the body of Christ. The name points solely to the glory of God himself and not Jacques Guidry, who see's himself merely a spokes person and tool created for Gods purpose. Tha GIM has been able to embody all the personal and musical elements that make up his life and now stands in a position where good music meets real life and points a lost generation to a real God. This is The God In Me.