Street week has been a "big" week for Stellar Award Winner Da' T.R.U.T.H. as junior CD OPEN BOOK (released nationwide on July 10th) set a new record in Gospel music history with its breakthrough debut on the Billboard Top Gospel Chart at #2. (The CD has also been a mainstay in the top-10 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel chart since its release.) This marks the highest debut of any Gospel Hip Hop artist on this chart and heralds an overwhelming indication that Gospel Hip Hop is an authentic and viable form of Gospel music ministry. At the same time, the album's current single "Who Am I?" featuring Tye Tribbett debuted #9 on HipHopRnBSoul.com's Top 10 Hip-Hop Songs, as the only Gospel song on the chart, sandwiched between Kanye West's "Can't Tell Me Nothin'" and 50 Cent's "Amusement Park."
In a package of scintillating lyrics and electrifying tracks, OPEN BOOK depicts the concept of living a visible faith through intentional transparency. The 2008 Holy Hip Hop Award Honoree's lyrics emphasize personal responsibility at a time when many are protesting the mainstream hip hop industry's glamorization of misogyny and recklessness, highlighted recently by the fallout over radio talk-show host Don Imus' blaming rap songs for his verbal slur against the young women of the Rutgers University women's basketball team.