Mike Epps took a break from the laughs to share an important message with today’s generation about the senseless violence taking place with the recent deaths of rappers Jimmy Wopo, 21, and XXXTentacion, 20, who were gunned down in their hometowns on June 18.
“Life is precious, it’s short and you have to enjoy every bit of it,” the comedian urged his listeners. “You ain’t even killing for honor. You ain’t even killing for self-defense. You just killing so people will think you’re a killer. But you basically work for the devil.”
He continued on speaking about the cycle that comes with leading a “gangster” lifestyle including prison time or death. “Get a grip on it ya’ll. Put the pistols down and stop killing for nothing.”
Watch to hear the message Epps said God told him to share below.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.