Assalaamu3laykum this is the story of rapper Hollow Tip now known as Shaykh Jamal Uthman.
The shaykh enlighten us on the hardships that he has faced in the streets prior to gaining knowledge of the deen al mustaqeem. He considered himself a Christian but also had Islamic acquaintances around him so that when he had gained some knowledge after acquiring a Quran in the streets he was able to have a solid circle of support. After taking shahada he was blessed by Allah swt with the knowledge of Arrabiya and fiqh and was able to travel and study while still holding it down in the streets as Hollow Tip.
He is now an Arabic teacher and in 2018 he opened Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah in North Highlands, CA.
May Allah continue to bless the shaykh and use the shaykh as a tool to further educate the masses with his articulation as a rapper and knowledge of the deen. Ameen.