Born Zebadiah S. Anderson, a gift from God, Versatile was raised on the West Side of Chicago, the Fifth City. Always outspoken, and born from a strong proud family, Verse had been selected at just the age of eight, to journey back to study his heritage and attend a very prestigious school in West Africa. This trip undoubtedly shaped his outlook and understanding. He spoke at cultural and political events, and stood in what would become history.
The winter’s cold in Chicago, Verse found himself back into the unforgiving Chi-city streets. He is one of many, bred into a legacy of gang violence and human rights struggle, thereby finding his outlet through music. Chicago has been a breeding ground for anger, hurt and misunderstanding. The violence that we are tired of seeing, is a product of a miscommunication with the youth and a lack of education and resources so many people suffer from. Instead of making music that expresses that hurt in an angry or violent way, Z-verse sets out to explain, “We are trying to literally spread love to defeat the pain, despair.” Through his trials, Verse has worked with legends, such as, Suge Knight at Death Row, Puff Daddy at Bad Boy, a list of well-known writers, producers, and execs.