Late rapper Craig Mack said in an interview that he joined a church considered a cult in order to prevent him from killing someone in 2011.
The rapper let Craig Mack, he said to Overcomer Ministry, South Carolina, religious group, which is accused of being a cult in order to prevent him from killing someone, a new interview showed.
Mack, a Grammy Award-nominated rapper, who died earlier this month at the age of 46 of a heart attack, the music industry to follow pastor Ralph Gordon Stair, the Daily News reported.
EXCLUSIVE: “I had a gun in my lap and I’m sitting there talking to God, saying,” I don’t want to do this, but if it’s going to get ugly with somebody going to try to kill me, I’m going to have to do something first to prevent it.'” https://t.co/uKMQ8vzFv8
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In an interview Mack did with his friend and former producer Alvin Toney just a few weeks before his death on March 12, the “Flava In Ya Ear” singer said he was close to killing someone in 2011.
“I had a gun in my lap and I’m sitting there talking to God, saying,” I don’t want to do this, but if it’s going to get ugly with somebody going to try to kill me, I’m going to have to do something first to prevent that,'” Mack said.
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He said that he started messing around with the radio looking for his favorite station when he came across the Stairs, who considers himself a prophet of God to preach.
“I knew that it was God talking to me because that’s how I felt emotionally,” Mack said. “I broke down crying all over the place in the car:” I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry that I was thinking about trying to do this for someone.'”
“It was really in my heart to kill him. I was going to do it,” he continued.
Mack said he called up the Stairs and moved to Walterboro, S. C., in the vicinity of a religious group. He urged the Toney to join him last year.
Toney said Mack was afraid that if he stayed in New York he would end up as rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, who were both shot and killed at the height of their fame.
“If I would have been, then I would be dead, too,” Mack said Toney in the interview. Toney is not the name of the person Mack intended to kill.
The public learned of Mack’s residence in 2012 after a video caught the rapper denouncing the “wickedness” of the former glory of the church.
“Craig Mack is dead!” Stairs heard. “We have someone who used to be Craig Mack and he’s not at all! God joined him!”
Toney filmed Mack in his last days as he struggled to walk and breathe. He spoke with his friend about his new faith, but I don’t think he’s in a cult, until he has the images.
Toney’s friend and business partner Vincent Digregorio said he was “blind to Mack’s misplaced piety in Walterboro.”
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“I think that Alvin tried to believe, it was not a sect,” Digregorio said. “But yes, it was a cult. As much as he wanted to not believe that his friend was down there and in a cult.”
Mack lived in a modest house located in the vicinity of the parishioners of the church. Despite the allegations of sexual misconduct against the Stairs, 84, including sexual acts with a minor, Mack was still a supporter of the preacher. Toney called to ask Mack about the Stairs is arrested for sex with a minor.
“Your pastor arrested for having sex with a 12-year-old. How do you do that?” Toney asked Mack.
Ralph Gordon Stair was arrested in December for sexual behavior, costs and burglary.
(Colleton County Sheriff’s Office)
“He said: ‘I will forgive him as we forgave the people who killed Jesus,'” he recalled. “At that time, he was already in.”
Family members declined to comment on the Mack’s devotion to the controversial church. Toney said that he hoped that the interviews, which are made in a documentary, “what a sect is.”
“I want everyone to understand what a cult is, what a real church is, and what hip-hop music is,” he said.