One might have easily assumed Waka Flocka Flame and Yung Joc were worshiping drugs when they were snapped in T-shirts reading “God Is Dope.”
Both rappers (Waka is also known as the “Turn Up God”) condone drug use in their songs, so it is not like it would be a far, stylistic stretch for either man.
But don’t get their T-shirt’s message confused.
Although the word “dope” is often associated with drug usage in Hip-Hop vernacular, the term means something much different.
Basically, it’s a doper word for “cool.”
Two students at Clark Atlanta University are behind the message and taking advantage of the wordplay, with their new clothing line “God Is Dope.”
Founders Virgil Stanford and Sharod Simpson turned their beliefs into a burgeoning business with the “God Is Dope” Christian lifestyle fashion line.
“God lives through the veins of men and women,” founder Virgil Stanford told The CAU Panther. “When you pray every day, that prayer turns into a habit. That habit then turns into an addiction.”
So far, the brand has been a hit at Clark Atlanta University, where Stanford and Simpson are students. The line has also gained popularity off-campus, thanks to the celebrity endorsements. And like good practicing Christians, the pair follow the Bible’s belief in tithing.
God is Dope donates 10% of its earnings to various churches in the region.
“We’re just trying to be innovative and change the way people think, change the way people look at God,” said co-founder Sharod Simpson. “This is just the tip of the iceberg. We have a lot more to come.”