His life began to spiral out of control with drinking, partying, drug dealing, drug usage, explicit sex, robbing prostitutes, and gunfights. These were only a few distractions that he allowed to take over his life. In 1993, he obtained a starring role in a New York City Police Athletic League commercial, after competing against 1,000+ others. This accomplishment inspired him to pursue acting as well as rapping in New York. In his heart he wanted the whole world and everything it had to offer. He landed a role in a premier play entitled Endangered Species, in which he played a thug named Tito in 1994. Success looked as if it was going to overtake him. He was introduced to a division of Epic Records, who in turn offered him a recording contract.
His plans of “making it big” as a rapper/actor came to a halt after his mother invited him to attend a service at Zoë Ministries where Prophet E. Bernard Jordan prophesied that he would be very successful only if he surrendered his life totally to God and not sign that contract because it would be like signing his soul to satan. He thought that his mother had spoken to the prophet but was in total shock when he found out that she said nothing. Joseph accepted the call on his life and turned down the recording contract and joined Zoë Ministries. There he learned how to give his life and gifts to God. Prophet Jordan introduced Joseph to Rev Run of Run DMC who was also a member of the ministry. A Christian rap group called The Zoë Brothers was formed. Joseph only recorded a few songs with the group before he decided to move back home to Natchitoches, Louisiana because of legal trouble. In 1995, after much training and going through discipleship with his mentor, Rick Legardy, they formed Prodigal Soldiers Ministries. They recorded a two-song demo, which gained nationwide exposure.
Joseph now takes his commitment to the Lord seriously because he knows he should be locked behind bars or dead in hell. Following the pattern of his parents, his first marriage ended in divorce. This was the most devastating thing he had ever faced. Now a single father of four, God kept him and his children safe from harm. God allowed him to write a book entitled “For Better or For Worse” that was published and distributed worldwide. In 2006, Joseph married Constance and together had a daughter named Cailah joining Patrick, Braylon, Joseph Jacobi “JJ”, Emani, and Christopher, a 21st Century Brady Bunch. Joseph and Constance opened Maximum Glory Apparel, Accessories, Home Décor & More. They work hand-in-hand in the ministry. Joseph, also known as Mr. U Hate Me is living up to his name and wearing a coat of many colors, showing a very hateful world the agape love of God. His life reflects that God will turn your misery into ministry.
They recorded around twelve singles in hope to sign a record deal but had no luck. After graduating from high school he decided to attend college at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. While in college he continued to travel to Monroe to record songs, but by this time it was only Keshun and he left in the group. The others had gone to jail or just stop coming to the studio. He started getting frustrated and wanted to give up because they were not progressing as a rap group. So he backed off from rapping and writing for a while to concentrate on his education. Meanwhile his cousin started getting into trouble and going to jail over drugs. During his time away from rapping he married his college sweetheart in 2005 and he also graduated that same year.
At this time he was still rapping but only free styling, then three months after graduating from college he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. Before giving his life to Christ he always heard that rap was of the devil, didn’t belong in the church, and couldn’t glorify God. He figured that his days of rapping were over, but he was ok with this because he wanted Christ more than anything. On one Sunday after church one of his pastors, Angela Davis, asked if he could rap or sing. He told her that he could rap and she introduced him to the Prodigal Soldiers, Joseph Bush "Mr. U Hate Me" and Rick Legardy "Reborn". Two years later God placed him as a member of Prodigal Soldiers Ministries. Proclaim now resides in Natchitoches, La with his wife and three children. He serves as an usher at Agape’ Love Center, where Johnnie Davis is senior Pastor. His desire is to bring the full gospel to the world and tell the uncompromised Word of God to today’s youth because he knows they are the future.
One evening he was hanging out at his friends’ apartment smoking weed and playing dice. His friend beat on the apartment door frantically telling him someone had gotten into a fight. He rushed out and jumped into their car. Leaving the scene they told him how their high school friend, who came to visit, had an argument with a resident about an offensive racial slur and punched him in the face, and how they stole his gaming system. Bush Baby laughed at the story and didn’t think anything of it; he and friends thought they had gotten away with it. He departed for Baton Rouge, LA the following weekend to attend a college party, but he got a phone call that ruined his party. He was informed that his friends had been arrested and he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Devastated, Bush Baby returned to Lafayette where they immediately arrested him on three charges and one was a serious felony. This was Bush Baby’s first time behind bars. “I never thought I would be in jail, this gave me a lot of time to think but I quickly realized this wasn’t the place for me,” he says. After getting out of jail on bail he was so depressed it lead him to drop out of school and move back to his hometown. Very little changed, he continued on a destructive path, now his new pursuit was a music career.
His dreams of becoming a rap star were crushed when someone burglarized his home, taking all of the studio equipment. Not long after, he and his friends sought revenge. In a violent confrontation, he was shot at point-blank range in the chest. “The ride to the hospital was the scariest moment in my life because I believed in God and hell, and I knew if I died I was heading there,” he says. It was then when he began to believe that Gods' love was real. After recovering, he then moved to New Orleans, LA. Before leaving his uncle and mentor, Joseph “Mr. U Hate Me”, spoke a prophesy from God into his life. Joseph told him “it’s like God has a chain wrapped around your life and every time you stray, He’s going to pull it back to Him because you have a purpose for your life that He wants you to fulfill”. Bush Baby continued to do things his way but started to see the manifestation of what God had revealed to his uncle. That’s when he realized how much God loved him and had a purpose for his life. He moved back home to Natchitoches and gave his life completely to Christ. “That’s why I say God set me up, all the things I went through set me up for purpose, and God gets all the glory from it,” says Bush Baby.
Since then, God has turned his life completely around. He has now received a recording arts degree, and soon after he graduated God opened another door for him to continue his education at Full Sail University, where he received a degree in entertainment business. Now he’s back to making music, but this time with different perspective. He debuted as an artist and producer on the compilation album, “Prodigal Soldiers Ministries presents: NuBreed Vol. 1,” in 2011. In the same year he released the free project “Da Setup” challenging listeners to allow God to set them up for purpose. Bush Baby strives to make music that encourages, helps, and benefits others while spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Constance Bush, born and raised in Natchitoches, Louisiana and the eldest of two children born to Dorothy Toussaint and Thurman Baptiste, Sr., was raised in the church and began to demonstrate her God given talent in singing in the church choir at an early age. Realizing the call that God had on her life, she began to work with other choirs in the city after most of the members of the choir at the small, rural church (St. Luke Baptist Church) where she belonged, grew up and moved away. Eventually the Lord placed her at Abundant Life Church where she was a member of the worship and praise team and choir until she got married.
Before marriage, Constance had a son, Patrick. Being a single mother taught her responsibility and independence. She also learned how to surrender her will to God’s will and allow the Lord to prepare her for a husband. In March 2006, she married Joseph Bush, Jr. who already had four beautiful children (Christopher, Emani, Joseph, and Braylon). Together they had one daughter, Cailah (pronounced Kayla). After marriage she looks back and is grateful at how the Lord brought she and her son through many challenging times. Constance wants the single woman to know how important it is to wait on the Lord to send her a godly husband that has been prepared specifically for her.