There is something very special about this week’s ‘Passion Living: In Living Color’ interviewee, Malik “M.K.J.” Johnson. I chose to interview Malik for two main reasons: 1) he is a young man living his passion out loud, and 2) he is man who stands for his convictions and beliefs in Jesus. I often say there are no limitations to living your passion out loud and Malik exemplifies every piece of that thought. It takes a strong person to follow his passion and truly work to impact the eternal lives of others.
Check out his interview and find out how he’s living his passion out loud!
What is your passion?
Bringing the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ, especially through GOOD MUSIC!
Have you always been in tune with your passion?
Always. Been apart of me my whole life. It’s who I am.
Can you recall when you first realized it was your passion?
It’s been a while, but when I first heard rap music, especially Gospel rap, I would listen repeatedly; at least a million times. Then I would start to recite their lyrics. I eventually started to develop my own flow and style and I have been rolling ever since.
Who/What inspired you most to live out your passion?
Many artists that have come before me and the ones who have actually taught me the music game inspired me. But at the end of the day, JESUS CHRIST keeps me rolling and motivated.
What have been some of your greatest challenges, if any, in following your passion? How did you overcome those challenges?
My greatest challenge has been probably just being alone with this. I have run with many artist, people, etc., but I’m still the last one standing. It has been a challenge trying to stand out all by yourself in doing this ministry, but what has kept me going is that I have remained FAITHFUL and CONSISTENT, which has taken me to many places and has allowed me to reach MANY, MANY people. Plus, my Savior Jesus Christ has been and always will be faithful to me and He never changes.
What are some of your past or current projects that display your passion?
Well I’ve released 3 mixtapes and I’m about to release my very first album this summer. There’s at least 1 song on each of my mixtapes that I have the most passion on such as “I’m a Keep On” (The Motivation Mixtape), “Limitless” (M.K.J. The Exclusive-Mixtape), and “Keep It LIVE” (Feel the Vibe-Mixtape)
Have you been able to expand your passion into other things?
Absolutely. I’ve done shows throughout the Mid-south, producing music, theme songs, etc for schools, and churches. I have been featured on other artists’ albums and mixtapes nationwide including Mr. Del’s “Holy South Reloaded” which is under the Universal Christian Music Group. I’ve even done a couple TV interviews. So yes, definitely. It’s been awesome!
What do you hope to be doing with your passion in ten years?
Really just having my city, Memphis, TN., on lock and fully captured by Jesus Christ’s love because I LOVE my city. I love the youth and the people in it. So just expanding if not outside of Memphis, definitely Memphis permanently.
Well folks, there you have it. Malik “M.K.J.” Johnson has been living his passion out loud for a long time and his convictions say he won’t be letting go anytime soon! Be blessed Malik! And keep living your passion out loud!