Max (Maximillion Warchild)
Zeke (Isaiah DA Outsyda)
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The Truth is not your ordinary rap group. The name "The Truth" A.K.A. "Max N Zeke" fits their persona. They feel like they have something to prove to God first then to their listening audience.
Max says "Our destination is to save a million, even a billion, I don't want to put any limits on God!" They know they're not worthy of anything, but they remain ecstatic that God chose them to tell the truth in a way not compromising to man.
Brian Ewing, A.K.A. Maximillion Warchild
The Truth is a duo consisting of two talented, anointed men of God. One is Brian Ewing, A.K.A. Maximillion Warchild, or Max for short. He was born on December 19, 1980 to Katrina Nash.
Raised by a single Christian mother, he knew the ways of the word, but chose otherwise for a period of time. After a stint in Atlanta Georgia, he moved back to the streets of Chicago. Max started gangbanging at an early age. Drugs, violence and destruction were following him, trapping him into a lifestyle that he wasn't fit to live.
However, music was always a part of his life. He grew up listening to the likes of Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, and Roger Zapp, as well as secular rappers such as Scarface, Mystical, Fiend, The Geto Boys, the late Big Punisher, and many more. "This is what I want to do for the rest of my life," he said to himself, over and over again. Max joined a rap group and did performances on and off, but knew in his heart that wasn't the way to go. Max met Isaiah DA Outsyda in the halls of Rich Central High. They rhymed at their lockers, sharpening their skills gathering attention of many people. One faithful day after performing at a Jamboree at Lights of Zion church in Chicago IL, Max realized that he was using his gift of rapping for the wrong purpose and set in his heart to dedicate his gift back to God, as well as his life. "It's like I had to start all over again, learning to live, learning to rap, and everything."
Isaiah DA Outsyda A.K.A. Zeke
The other half of "The Truth" Isaiah DA Outsyda A.K.A. Zeke, was born on September 26, 1980. He was born to Rev. Horace D. Russell Sr. and Evangelist Gloria Russell. Growing up, Isaiah began to notice he was different at a young age. After struggling heavy with asthma as a child, he suffered many medical complications. Then one day God changed his life! "I was in the bathroom, and I was around six years old when I saw an angel! He said to me 'be good and obey your parents'. Afterwards, my asthma was gone!" Instead of gangbanging, Isaiah chose to go down the road of sports and music. He became an awesome athlete and played basketball for his high school teams. He also is an accomplished drummer, with 8 plus years of experience.
Isaiah grew up listening to Salt N Pepa, Busta Rhymes, Redman and Method Man, The Clark Sisters, Kim McFarland, OutKast and many others. He began rapping, glorifying murder, sex and drugs, things he had not been accustomed to being the son of a preacher. " I'm not gonna lie, I was just trying to fit in" he say's. " I knew I had always wanted to be some type of a writer, because I used to write stories as a youngster, and poems. I wrote this one poem about my teacher Mrs. McClinton, because I had the biggest crush in the world on her. She was a grown lady with dimples out of this world" he jokes.
After receiving many basketball scholarships, Isaiah had a huge downfall. His lung collapsed in 1997, leaving his dreams of playing collegiate sports on hold. Instead of blaming God, he gave his life to the Lord. He knew the Lord had something else for him to do. After hooking up with Max in high school, they bonded, and did music solo and collectively.
Then one day God called them to do music for his purpose and namesake. "We chose to dedicate our gift back to God, so that he can get the glory out of our music. After forming "The Truth" in 1999, they have traveled around the world telling the goodness of Christ. They tell people "when it comes to Christ; it doesn't have to be cheesy". The Truth has been heard on Breathe Easy's album Baby Food and on The Gathering, a Grapetree compilation album soon to be released.
The two have received rave reviews, saying their music is beyond their time. They also have performed with GospoCentric Recording artist Ray Bady, opened up for the Elder DeAndre Patterson, and even with The world renown Walt Whitman and the Soul Children, who were featured on R. Kelly's "The World's Greatest" video off the Ali soundtrack. Now the stage is set for The Truth to introduce the world to a brand new wave of gospel music. Are you ready? If not, you better get ready, cause here they come!
Taken from Grapetreerecords.com
ORIGIN OF NAME:
Maximillion comes from the fact that I give God the maximum praise and I plan to compel millions of souls. "Tha Outsida" means totally different in everything that's done. Zeke is Outsida's alter ego.
Purpose OF MUSIC:
The purpose of our music is to inspire, compel, educate and also to show people old and young that there is more to life than what is heard on everyday radio and is seen on the worldly videos.
REASON ARTIST CHOSE CHRISTIAN RAP:
We started with worldy rap; making albums in a friend's house and then one day God called us to do His work.
Destination: to save a million.
FOOD- Chitterlings, Tacos, Greens, Macaroni, Chicken
COLOR- Black, Red, Gray, Purple
ACTOR- Samuel L. Jackson/Wesley Snipes
SPORT- Basketball, Wresting, Bowling
BIRTHDAY: Max-December 19, 1980; Tha Outsida-September 26, 1980
PETS (NAME/TYPE): None
UNKNOWN NICKNAMES: Max-Mister Pooh-Bear/Tha Outsida-Zaybee