Colby Ferrin is a Latter-day Saint rapper and hip hop artist who is trying to help members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints see the genre as more than themes of violence, sex, money, power, and profanity. JTM, formerly known as James the Mormon, and other Christian rappers have been working within the genre to send clean messages.
Ferrin began rapping when he was in sixth grade when he wrote his first rap to win the school talent show. He released his first full-length album, “The Conventional Path,” in August 2019. His “Before and After Mission Rap” has been viewed more than 300,000 times on YouTube. He also released a studio version. He served as a full-time missionary in the Mexico City East Mission.
He said, “I think as I share uplifting entertainment with generally positive messages I can . . . prove to the world that immorality is not necessary to create clever lyrics and engaging entertainment.”
He was an English major at Brigham Young University.