South London has a rich tradition of producing some of the most primer english voices in Hip Hop which is due in part to the values and ethos the birthplace of grime music embodies, grit, determination, and resilience.
All of that is perfectly encapsulated in the dynamic talent that is Proph. Coming out of the Thorton Heath section borough, Proph found himself in music at age 13 and began to formally study and write various material which also included finding his voice through rap.
He is a self made and self produced artist whose versatility makes him unique among a crowded field of modern day rappers where uniqueness is hard to come by. His whole body of work is a reflection of his independent spirit and showcases him as a whole person who isnt the least bit shy to express his emotions in a variety of capacities.
His breakthrough came this year with the release of his single “High Horse” which garnered over 100,000 streams across all streaming platforms. He followed that up with other hits such as “One Mic Freestyle” and “L4V” which was a collaboration with Jo Joey that demonstrate his wide range as well as an artist who is truly ambitious and will do what it takes to make his voice heard.
Who else can say that they put out three hit singles consecutively in one year? Even with music being more accessible than ever, it is still a heck of a feat.
Now, Proph is looking to repeat himself again with his new single “The Storm”.
He wrote it based on the endless sagas our world is engulfed in and how much these existential crises take a toll on him.
“It reflects how I was feeling in my journey and I need to convey the way I am feeling in music,” he said.”
“I always draw from my experiences in life and I make it poetic.”
This single is just the latest example of Proph doing what the best of the best do which is to look inward and put the feelings that can’t be expressed in words but can be perfectly conveyed lyrically.
The best of the best being the Nina Simones, Bob Marleys, Jay-Zs, and the DMXs to name a few across all genres.
For Proph, his music is his life blood.
“Ever since I started writing music, it made me resilient and overcome all the things in my life” he said.
“I just keep going.”
“The Storm” also creates space that has long been denied or watered down in hip hop which is to give men a space to be vulnerable.
Often in the hypermasculine world of Hip Hop, there has been little room or little to no validation for men to talk about being hurt or sad but Proph is defying that convention and part of a greater see change taking place in Hip Hop where male artists are displaying more openness about personal matters as opposed to the typical party anthem.
But for Proph, it is much more simple.
“I am just being myself” he said.
“I just want my music to speak for itself and I am gonna tell my story and hope people can connect.”
Now that’s an artist.
Proph has many talents and is going many places and if there is any way to sum up his style it could be that he is the calm before the storm.