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MARCUS VELASQUEZ aka JITA
J.I.T.A. is a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He raps, sings, songwrites, produces, and preaches so that Jesus Christ may be claimed as Lord to the glory of the Father.
Born Marcus Velazquez, J.I.T.A. was born and raised on the North West side of Chicago. Since dedicating his life to Christ, J.I.T.A. has yet to see a dull, unproductive day. He was immediately blessed with the gift of rapping. He knew that this gift was from God so he then decided to use his gift for God and began writing and recording hip-hop/rap music for the church and for those who have been or are going through the same things he’s been through. When riding a bus one day, J.I.T.A. passed a church where on the outside bulletin board was the phrase: “Jesus Is The Answer”. That phrase stuck in his mind for days when he decided to take the first initial from each of the words in that phrase, and viola, J.I.T.A. was born.
So far, J.I.T.A. has released three albums. Salvation 101, released in 2005, was his inauguration into the Christian Rap ministry. For only rapping for 6 months at the time, the album showed a bright future for this young minister. In 2008, J.I.T.A. released his sophomore album, Truth Be Told. An amazing transition from the first album, Truth Be Told really showed a more mature J.I.T.A., both spiritually and musically. The beats hit hard, the lyrics hit home, and conviction hits the soul. His third album "Transition Music Volume 1" released this year in 2013, takes things to a whole new level. Relating to his audience in new ways, and bringing powerful truth and conviction in his lyrics, this album shows that J.I.T.A. cannot be stopped. Whether you agree/believe in the lyrical content, you walk away respecting the talent and looking at life with an entirely new worldview.
J.I.T.A. moved back to Chicago, IL with his wife Arisbel, after earning his Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies from The School of Urban Missions. The Lord has laid a new ministry upon his heart known as BAYSIK, which is a travelling music ministry that includes, rappers, singers, dancers, preaching, and evangelism training. BAYSIK finished its first summer tour in California during the summer of 2010.
Whether it's on the streets, in the pulpit, or in school, J.I.T.A. is sold out to minister to a dying world that Jesus Is The Answer and that Salvation, Holiness, Righteousness, and Reconciliation to God are available to all through Jesus Christ.
He stops by soon.