Verbs (rapper)

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Verbs
Birth name Michael Boyer II
Also known as Knowdaverbs
Origin Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Genres Hip hop, gospel
Labels Gotee, 1280
Website Archive of verbs7.com
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Michael Boyer II,[1] better known by his stage names Knowdaverbs and later Verbs, is a Christian hip hop artist. He has recorded for Gotee Records.

Background[edit]

He started rapping at the age of twelve,[2] and spent time dancing with GRITS during the mid-'90s. At first he did not gain much acceptance for singing hip-hop in nearby churches which laughed at him exclaiming "hip-hop's a pit of hell".[3] His debut album, The Syllabus (1999), and his second album, The Action Figure (2000) were both fairly successful for gospel rap. His first album under the name "Verbs" (Unlocked) was slightly delayed when he spent six months in South Africa on a mission with his home church in Nashville, Tennessee. His latest album The Groundwork Theory, was released September 11, 2007.

His lyrics take a middle ground approach between the explicit doctrine of the Cross Movement and the poetic musings of the GRITS.[4]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Album information
'The Syllabus'
'The Action Figure'
'Unlocked'
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Gotee Records
  • Videos: "Live to the Music"
'The Groundwork Theory'
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: 1280 Music

EPs[edit]

Album information
'The Groundwork 3P'
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: 1280 Music

Collaborations on other albums[edit]

Compilation Contributions
  • Sonic Imperial: Sounds of the Prophets - "Call of the Dung Beetle".
  • Best of Rescue Records 1993-2003/Urban - "Call of the Dung Beetle".
  • Gotee Urban Vol. 2 - "God Is Big" and "Just the Facts".
  • Gotee Records presents: Showcase - "God Is Big".
  • Raggamuffin Hip Hop - "Giant Slayers" and "If I Were Mayor/Governor" along with Stitchie.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Powell, Mark Allan (2002). "Knowdaverbs". Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (First printing ed.). Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 501. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. 
  3. ^ Darren Keast (March 25, 2004). "Jesus Christ Rap Superstar - Excerpt from Pastor Mike Boyer". Phoenixnewtimes.com. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ Rake, Jamie Lee (October 2000). "Reviews / The Action Figure". CCM Magazine 23 (4): 84, 86. ISSN 1524-7848. 

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