As the founder of Battling for Truth Promotions LLC, Gary Mank grew up while the style of music that we call Hip Hop or Rap was developing. Although he also listened to Rock, Pop, and R&B, his real interest was in Rap music. He started as far back as groups like Whodini, The Fat Boys, Slick Rick, and Run DMC. The gangster Rap era started after that and he took to groups like N.W.A, Ice T, Spice 1, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and Scarface. He then realized he was drawn to lyricists, so his listening evolved with the times and he followed artists like Rakim, Tupac, Biggie, Outkast, Method Man, Redman, Nas and on to Eminem, 50 cent , The Game, Lil Wayne, etc….. Although he didn’t completely blame the style of music for his lifestyle change, he did notice the growth of his listening to this style of music as he grew towards a lifestyle that was glamorized in the music.
From the drugs, violence, disrespecting women, and just maintaining a thug persona, the music became his cheerleader. Most memorable was Snoop and Dre albums that promoted smoking weed, violence, and sex with multiple partners and made them sound desirable and a good plan on how to live your life. As a Christian he began feeling the calling on his life to promote Christian Rap music. But with each attempt to change his lifestyle was unsuccessful. In 2009 he was incarcerated and while waiting on bail, of course, he had a lot of time to think. He thought about how he was going to lose his job, how his family was going to be affected by this, and how he had been living selfishly up to this point.
He was given a 6 month sentence but that gave him the time to put God back in his life, commit to his family and business and put a plan together when he got out. His plan for Battling for Truth Promotions is to “Create positive environments through music and entertainment.” Of course, he would like to be asked what changed him and what his drive is and the reason for his positivity, but even to just bring positive events where those can come out and just have a great time.