One of the most innovative sounds in music today comes not from a pre-packaged formula, or a contest winner or a marquee name. Jac Rip, also known as Darnell Jackson Jr, completes the package with an incredibly honest and soulful stage presence and love for the art.
Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Jac’s story begins like many others; rife with the temptation and struggle of the inner city. Yet his is not the typical formula of “I had to sell drugs to make it out”. Instead, his pen became his religion, his muse, his salvation and his first album, fittingly titled “The Diary”, the obvious and compelling writ of a soul saved by music.
His music touches many lives as it speaks the struggles and stories that many can relate to. His energy as a performer and insight as a songwriter influences the breaking of all generic barriers. Despite his much great success, there remained a gaping hole in his soul.
While preparing for concert in February of 2010 Jac Rip realized that he wanted to be more than just a listening entity. Something opened up inside his heart to use his music as a gateway to salvation. There was more to life than the past struggles and present heartache. There was a message of future life in another realm that people needed to be aware of. Mark 15:16 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation Jac Rip was never brought up in the church as a child, but being saved for several years and seeing the miraculous works of God, he knew that he could not withhold the blessings that Got had for others through the ministry of his music. In July of 2010 Jac Rip released his first inspirational/ gospel rap CD entitled Testimony and a clothing line of Testimony Tees. Testimony is not for the average saved Christians but for the lost; for the young and the old, for the rich and the poor for the hard core rebel as well as the compassionate individual.
With this album Jac Rip went outside the box and has created something for everyone, with a message that through the struggles and suffering in your life, whether your lost, feeling insecure or tempted, God can and will forgive you, and all you need is him. Jac Rip is currently working on a second album as well as establishing RIP MINISTIRIES (Relying in Prayer) that will be a worldwide ministry in order to help save and encourage the lost. Because, “Without A Test there is No Testimony.”