Christian rapper Da' T.R.U.T.H. moved organically through the various phases that led him down an artistic path of faith-centered hip hop.
He found Christianity at a young age and became interested in music first in his teenage years, though he never considered becoming a rapper. Working first as a drummer, he discovered he had an inherent talent for rapping one day when he began freestyling almost on a lark. After completing college, he began recording original hip hop material, starting with small scale releases that eventually progressed into a catalog of award-winning and chart placing devotional music.
Born in Philadelphia in 1977, Da' T.R.U.T.H. was first known as Emanuel Lee Lambert, Jr. His early life included both an awakening to the Christian faith as well as music, and he played drums throughout his teens. He went to school at various religious universities and upon graduating slowly began building a music career with his original rap compositions, beginning in 2003 with a string of releases on Cross Movement Records. The label released the first Da' T.R.U.T.H. material in the form of the EP, Who Is the Truth. A year later, his debut album, Moment of Truth, appeared, with The Faith following in 2005. The latter won the Stellar Award of Rap/Hip-Hop Gospel CD of the Year in 2007. That same year his Open Book album arrived, winning its own Stellar Award and a Grammy nomination in 2008. Truth in advertising, his ambitious effort The Big Picture landed in 2009 with a guest appearance from Kirk Franklin. It climbed to number two on Billboard's Gospel Albums Chart, as would his 2011 effort, The Whole Truth, along with 2013's Love Hope War. Featuring guest appearances from Lecrae, Papa San, and Tedashii, 2014's Heartbeat was his fourth album in a row to "suffer" this second-place fate. The autobiographical It's Complicated followed in 2016 and with crossover appeal, as it reached number 11 on the Top Rap Albums chart. He toured frequently over the next two years and worked towards a new album, slated for release in late 2018. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi