"The work of 2 Talented is a good gift from our heavenly Father to pursue the hearts of this young generation with the life changing message of Jesus Christ. Grateful for Jahmaol and 2 Talented." - Steve Hardin, Campus Pastor of The Village Church - Dallas Northway
When Jahmaol Clark became a rapper in August of 2010, he had no direction toward how to be a successful artist. After a few years of chasing what he thought was success (a bigger platform), God graciously met him with a passage of Scripture from Matthew 25:14-30 that changed his perspective of what true success was. In Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus is sharing about the parable of the talents, where three men were given one talent, two talents, and five talents. These talents weren’t actual talents as in skill and gifting but the resources and opportunities to steward their gift according to their ability.
Through this parable Jahmaol realized that God hadn’t given him a five talent platform, but a two talent platform according to his ability. God didn’t want him to waste his gifts and opportunities and bury them into the ground, but to be a faithful steward of the resources, wisdom and experience God’s given him and multiply them into others. He had been given "two talents" but also "too talented" to waste the resources and opportunities God gave him to use for His glory and for the sake of discipleship.
When Jahmaol discovered his calling and was content with who God made him to be, it gave him the freedom to pursue God’s plan for his life and not waste time feeling shame for not reaching this false ideology of what success was. After a few years of experience as a rapper, God gave him a heart to use the knowledge he received to not only help young rappers improve their craft, but also help them grasp their passions and gifts while navigating the journey of self-discovery.
In addition to finding contentment in his platform, Matthew 28:18-20 encouraged Jahmaol that as a Christian, his main goal is to make disciples, not build a large platform. He began to see that making disciples isn’t an elective but a command, and that Jesus spent most of his time going deeper with fewer. And if Jesus didn’t invest deeply into the 12 disciples, but spent most of his time attending to the crowds, the Church wouldn’t exist today. Consequently, this burdened him to not only focus on building a large fanbase, but to deeply influence and develop leaders, who will also be able to pour into others.
Therefore in November 2013, God gave Jahmaol a vision to start a Hip Hip Mentoring and Discipleship Program called 2 Talented in order to help young rappers grow in their craft and discover their calling. In August 2015, 2 Talented obtained 501(c)(3) tax exempt status and we started our first discipleship program, pouring into 6 artists who were already professing believers, hoping to help them mature in their faith and grow in their craft. Now we are seeking to expand our programs, starting with an after school program and launching our recording studio.