Previously performing as Knowdaverbs, this rapper with the new shortened tag (Verbs) made his life joints known by co-hosting BET's Rap City, appearing on Jam Zone, and performing on the televised Teen Summit Live. Through group and solo performances, Verbs opened for such mainstream hit-makers as Jay-Z, Outkast, A Tribe Called Quest, Camp Lo, and De La Soul.
Knowdaverbs made a great name for himself in "The Syllabus" (1999), and "The Action Figure" (2000). Verbs then parted from Gotee Records and shifted his focus to world missions taking several trips to South Africa .
Those life experiences served as the foundation for "The Groundwork Theory" (2007), Verbs' long-awaited fourth project and first released independently through 1280 Music. Fortunately for Verbs, Christian hip-hop didn't change much during his four-year leave of absence. If anything, the game has missed him dearly, since there haven't been a great many rappers stepping up to make his same sort of soulful, pop-infused, didactic hip-hop. Time away from recording gave Verbs' music a freshness that is almost atypical in today's label-based hip-hop realm.
Verbs' latest, "Unlocked" (2009) is twelve new tracks of energy and attitude with dance-driven grooves programmed to perfection. Unlocked raises the bar for life-minded, spiritually-guided emcees pushing for new heights of hip-hop savvy.
Gotee Records previewed the new album several months early by dropping the single "What You Rock Now" at radio-the immediate hit topped R&R's ccm Rhythmic chart for 11 straight weeks. Verbs' label soon followed-up with a second pre-release single—the addictive "Live To The Music."—and for only the second time in the Rhythmic chart's ten year history, a song debuted at #1. Thus Unlocked boasted two #1 singles before the album even released. The track "She's Mis.Sin" uses relationships as a paradigm for how the enticed often become the enslaved, while "My Neighborhood" rewards real people with due credit for making the type of lifestyle changes that matter. With "Expensive," Grits and Nirva Dorsaint join Verbs on an industrial-sounding bounce track that hammers home the consequences for wayward decisions people know they shouldn't make. "By writing about issues that aren't status quo, it gives me a different edge in the rap world," says Verbs, who's currently in the midst of an extended stay in Africa doing outreaches with a local church.
"From an artist standpoint, we need to be a little more responsible about what kind of images we give these young people," says Verbs. "I think an emphasis should be placed on giving the cats something else to pour their energy into that would result in taking these kids somewhere in life."
Every song on the CD is a good song. Put those two songs together along with others such as, "Love Triangle", "My Neigborhood", "The Before And After" etc. and you got one of hip hop's best artists.