Dave East says he’s found peace in his life thanks to Islam. The Harlem rapper spoke about his conversion in a new video made by the “I Am Def Jam” series.
“I was incarcerated for a little while in Baltimore, and my celly was Muslim,” he said. “I was watching him pray every day, and his outlook on getting out of that situation was a lot more positive than the other dudes.”
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It was his cellymates example that motivated East to seek out the teachings of Islam. He said the religion helped him develop a better attitude.
“Islam really brought a discipline to my life that I didn’t really have before,” he explained. “My old mindset was if they ain’t helping me, I ain’t helping them, but you can’t live life that way.”
East expressed his frustrations at the media for the perceptions and negative images they show of Islam. He hopes more people had a better understanding of his religion.
“Islam has a negative outlook on it around the world based on what the media tries to show,” East said. “They not showing the peace. Deep down in my heart and what I’ve seen and what I’ve been around, there is nothing better than Islam.”