Al Harris, a veteran cornerback with the Green Bay Packers nicknamed "The Dirty One", is currently producing a Christian Rap album with childhood friend and convicted felon Kevin Soto.
“We’re going to change everything,” Harris said. “This is a movement. We’re saying, you can do all the right things and still be cool.”
“All these years, music kept coming up, kept bringing us together,” Harris said. “It always came back to music, no matter what we did, or where we went.” Harris and Soto had started talking about making a hip hop album in 1997, but things always seem to fall apart. Mostly because Soto kept getting into trouble.
"But one day he calls me and says, 'I am going to church,' and the conversation just evolved from there," Harris said.
In 2008, the two finally got serious about putting together an album, but this time with the religious twist. Both have teenage sons, and each says his hope is to use the music to steer their children and their peers away from falling into the street hustle.
"If all they listen to is, 'I am smoking weed,' or, 'I am going to shoot up this guy, or I am going to go do this,' then a lot of the times you tend to veer off that way," said Harris. "I want to be able to put on a CD my son and I can be into, with a positive message, but one that still has a hardcore, street feel."
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