|Award-winning Christian hip-hop artist Da’ T.R.U.T.H.,
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If you check the Facebook fan page of award-winning Christian hip-hop artist Da’ T.R.U.T.H., you’ll see he has more than 64,000 fans from all over the country. And his mission is to provide all of them a message of hope in God.
“I just had two people that were close to me commit suicide recently, and I know that if they would have set their focus on God and not their problems, they would still be alive,” said Da’ T.R.U.T.H. “I want to push God’s people to look and live.”
Da’ T.R.U.T.H. will perform at Palm Beach Atlantic University along with PBA Praise, the university’s gospel choir, in the DeSantis Family Chapel Wednesday at 7 p.m. The free concert is a part of Black History Month festivities, sponsored by The Office of International and Multicultural Programs in the Center for Campus Connections and the Black Student Union.
Born Emanuel Lee Lambert, Jr. in Philadelphia, Da’ T.R.U.T.H., 34, received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at a very young age. As a teen pursing his musical interests, he began playing the drums, and also realized he had a natural talent for “free-style” rap, when a rapper creates lyrics off the top of their head while performing. He later founded a Christian hip-hop group called NIV, and created his performing name T.R.U.T.H., which means “To Reach U through Him.”
“I believe that hip-hop is the voice of this generation, to this generation,” he said. “Unfortunately, those who are without God use it in a very dangerous way. Their words are poisonous. However, God in His wisdom has given us the grace to use it in a positive way that ministers life and glorifies Him.”
A combination of his knowledge of the gospel as a graduate of Philadelphia Biblical University and The Institute of Jewish Studies, and his musical talent has helped him reach many audiences and receive accolades. In 2007 he received a Stellar Award for Rap/Hip-Hop Gospel CD of the Year -- “The Faith.” In 2009 his CD “Open Book” received a Stellar Award nomination and a GRAMMY® nomination. He also received GRAMMY® and Dove Award nominations in 2010 for “The Big Picture,” and earned Stellar Award. “The Big Picture” was the first Christian hip-hop CD to debut in the no.1 spot on the iTunes Christian and Gospel chart, and Da’ T.R.U.T.H.’s second debut at no. 2 on the Billboard Gospel Charts. His CD released in 2011 is titled “The Whole Truth,” which expresses his season of brokenness and his journey to wholeness.
“I am convinced the price for sin is really death, and although I did not die physically, I died in every other way possible,” Da’ T.R.U.T.H. said regarding his season of struggle. “However, there is another theological reality I found to be equally as true as the price we pay for sin, and that is the grace of God is greater than our sin.”
Da’ T.R.U.T.H. has collaborated with gospel artists such as CeCe Winans, toured along with Mary Mary and others on Kirk Franklin’s 2006 “Hero” world tour. He also has made appearances on TBN, Daystar and Gospel Music Channel. On the personal side, Da’ T.R.U.T.H. has been married nine years. He and his wife have two girls.
When final applauses fade away after Wednesday’s performance at PBA and the curtain closes, Da’ T.R.U.T.H. says he wants his audience "to walk away spiritually charged and encouraged to keep pressing (on)."
For more information, please call the Office of International and Multicultural Programs at (561) 803-2550.