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Who is Sir the Baptist?

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 15: Sir The Baptist attends TIDAL X: 1015 on October 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for TIDAL)

If you’re trying to figure out who is this new man Brandy has been all lovey dovey with all over the gram, well, wonder no more. We’ve got the tea on B-Rocka’s new bae.

After basking in the single life for a few years, Brandy has found love again in the arms of Sir the Baptist. We’re still digging for the deets on when these two became an item, trust. What we have so far on this 28-year-old Christian artist and producer is impressive. For starters, he hails from Chicago and is signed to Atlantic Records. He describes his talent as being a “hip hop holistic lyricist.” He even got his famous R&B bae to hop on a song with him. Though Brandy seems to be in blissful romance (sorry kids, she’s not pregnant yet), we needed to do some further investigating about this preacher’s son from Chi-town to determine if he’s really got potential to be the one.

Here’s five things we know so far about Sir the Baptist.

He’s got a fan in Jay Z.

Take it from Sir – it helps to have friends in high places. The Chicago native was one of the many performers to hit the stage at Jay Z’s Made in America festival in 2016. On his way back from the stage, he was approached by Hov himself. “I walked off behind the stage to head back to the dressing room and Jay Z walked right up to me and said, ‘Sir, I love your story and I’m following you. Congratulations on a great set,” he told XXL. As the son of a preacher, Sir wasn’t supposed to be engaged with secular music. “I told him that I have been following him since I was a kid and was a fan my entire life. And thank you for getting me through my roughest times.”

He once dated Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, according to the internet.

Everyone’s got a past. For Sir the Baptist, her name is allegedly Michelle Williams. Although the two were never heavy on the PDA, there are some internet breadcrumbs that lead to their suspected romance. Back in April, Sir posted a photo on his Facebook page of himself and Michelle chilling in the studio. In the caption, he called her his “Michelle Obama,” saying she looked “church girl sexy.” Michelle posted the same photo on IG calling herself his “Southern Belle.” By the end of that month, he was singing Brandy’s praises, indicating that the situation with Michelle was dunzo. We’re not sure what caused the split, but Michelle took to IG recently to announce that God had removed a certain ex from her life and she’s better off for it. Was that a sub?

Despite his stage name, he doesn’t consider himself a “gospel” artist.

You may find it bewildering that even though he’s a preacher’s kid with a super religious stage name and album title (PK: Preacher’s Kid), Sir The Baptist still doesn’t classify himself as a gospel artist. But there is a method to his madness. According to Essence, he thinks of his music as “that connecting piece between our spirituality and our day-to-day world.” He goes on to explain “You can be in a relationship and want to have sex, [but] you don’t know which way to go. I like to play the storyteller.” Aside from the mission of his message, Sir says he removed the gospel label because he tends to be more vulgar than traditional gospel artists.

He comes from a big family, like 21 siblings big.

Sir, who was born William James Stokes, grew up in an extremely religious household with 21 brothers and sisters. His preacher father was born in 1924 and has kids ranging in all ages (his eldest sibling is in his 60’s.) Talk about a full house!

He has called out the church community for their anti-gay position.

Though Sir The Baptist practically lived in the church growing up, he’s not afraid to call out some of the ideologies that he feels are hypocritical and drive would-be church goers away. “My brother is gay and growing up I know firsthand when those sermons come across the pulpit that rebukes him, he almost feel like the person don’t love him that made him,” Sir told CNN. “Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world.” Sir is also known to keep it real about the struggles of abiding by strict church doctrine while also fighting worldly temptation. “As a preacher’s kid, growing up you’re just told to be an angel. ‘Be a good boy, be a good girl, do the right things.’ But you see and experience so many different things … If you let that preacher’s kid talk you might want to put the tape over his mouth.”

SOURCE: VH1, Jasmine Grant