(CNN) — After serving time, rapper Ja Rule is now on a more spiritual path.
The artist, who had a thriving career in the early 2000s as part of the label Murder, Inc., told New York radio station Power 105.1 that he’s gone from following a troubled path to seeking Christianity.
Ja Rule, born Jeffrey Atkins, served roughly two years in jail for tax evasion charges and attempted criminal possession of a weapon. After his release in 2013, the rapper picked up a role in the movie “I’m In Love with a Church Girl,” and found himself growing interested in God as he promoted the project at churches.
“I kind of reconnected with God by doing the … movie,” Ja Rule told the radio station. “I reconnected with God in a different way. I was going to all these different churches, … (and they) were great, but I didn’t feel like they were talking to me until I went to Hillsong right here in the city.”