Hometown: Cambridge, MD
Genres: Hip Hop / Real Life Hip-Hop / Rap
Members: Prophecy (Eric Moore)
Since the very beginning of life, music has affected people in various ways, some just listen to it during the passings, others become obsessive. Well you can tell where music took Prophecy, down a long road of dreams and obsession. At the age of 13, he began to embrace the dream of a hip-hop career. By the age of 15 Prophecy became serious about this career path, so recording sessions began to take place. By the age of 19, he released his freshman album “A Teenagers Book of Revelations” targeting kids who have had a rough time growing up. He wrote songs about all the things he’s seen, and have witnessed in his lifetime. A year later he released his Sophomore album “The Illusions of Change” which targeted the imaginary world of peace and change in the world. After having a great success from the first two albums, Prophecy began working on his first mixtape entitled “Opinions May Vary” which the title explains how he feels about the emotions expressed toward his music. Now in the year of 2011 he’s working on his Junior album “No More Happy” which has become a very personal album, and is expressing his emotions that he goes through everyday. With over 10,000 mixtapes/albums roaming the streets and the internet, the success Prophecy is dealing with is just the beginning…
TJF: Who are your major influences?
Prophecy: My major influences are all the people that I write my tracks about, kids who are picked on everyday by people who let the mass rule their state of mind, and all the people who struggle everyday with their own personal problems. Musically I have several different artist who have helped shape me into the artist I am today. Tech N9ne is one of my biggest influence, he’s the perfect role model for any independent artist out there. Even though he had constant road blocks he found ways to climb over them and kept his career on the rise. With no help from any mass media, he became one of the biggest acts in music history. Other influences are Twiztid, Immortal Technique, Joe Budden, Lupe Fiasco, Bob and Damian Marley, NaS, Hopsin, and more the list can go on, theres influences everywhere you look, just a matter of how you take them all in.
TJF: When did you start rappin? What inspired you to make music?
Prophecy: I actually started rapping around the age of 13, Me and a friend of mine started writing lyrics with no beat, hahaha the first track we ever wrote was called “Maniac Misfits”. Yeah I used to write the wicked shit and believe me… thats not out of my system I plan on making a Wicked style EP someday in the future, so if you know any good producers who can make some eerie beats, get them to holla at me! haha. I was always good with writing stories and poetry in school, and the love I had for music just spoke out to me, and that’s where my music story began.
TJF: What can you tell me about your mixes and beats? (Who does em, what program you use, etc)
Prophecy: I have several producers I work with.. my favorite producers in the game right now is Anno Domini Beats, I’m sure a lot of you underground artists can feel that! haha. Other producers I work with are SINIMA Beats, Heat Up Beats, The Atomic Beats, VTZ, a friend of mine that goes by the name of Panik and a friend of mine from Cambridge that works under the name of All 4 Zi Productions. For recording I use Cubase 4, a Rode nt1a mic, US-144mk2 soundcard and Sony Headphones.
TJF: Who’d you like opening for the most? Any good stories about them?
Prophecy: Even though it was my first big show, I liked opening for Hopsin and SwizZz the best, their down to Earth emcee’s and the crowd that night was awesome, met a lot of great people that night. Hahaha let me start by saying that night the venue was hot as hell! You were sweating just standing still in the crowd, it was about 100 degrees in that bitch, real talk. SwizZz and Hopsin get there, these dudes are wearing jeans and long sleeve shirts underneath of a short sleeve, and I’m sitting there dying in a t-Shirt and shorts, I couldnt imagine how they felt. The only air conditioner in this whole place is in the backstage area so you’d occasionally see me disappear, I’m a fat kid, need to be in a cold air environment! hahahaha. Like 5 minutes before they go on stage SwizZz finally makes it to the backstage and out of all the people he could have blamed it on he turns to me and was like “Yo, why you ain’t tell me about this place, its hot as fuck out there?” It was all fun and games, but I shit you not, a month and a half later, I opened for them in Ohio, the first thing SwizZz does when he see’s me and we start talkin is, “Your the dude who didn’t tell me about the air conditioned room in MD” hahah out of all the shit he could remember me for that was it… I know it wasn’t that funny to you all but I guess you’d have to be there… hahaha.
TJF: Could you briefly describe your music-making process?
Prophecy: I like to sit outside when I write my music, there’s nothing more relaxing. Charge the iPod, charge my phone, grab a beer and I’m good to go!
TJF: How has your music evolved since you first began playing music?
Prophecy: I started off writing wicked shit, “Manica Misfits” “Bodies Fallen” are a few of my first ever tracks I wrote. As I got older I wanted to write music that carried a message and helped people through whatever their going through in life. But the wicked shit will never be dead in me, like I said earlier I do want to go back to that style for a CD, I got some crazy ideas in my head I need to release them into a microphone.
TJF: What has been your biggest challenge as a artist? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Prophecy: My biggest challenge and is still a challenge is, how do I get my music out to the people? My name has been growing everyday thanks to all my fans, friends and family who have helped me spread it. I’m doing shows in other cities, states and doing interviews now, but still you always want to take that next step so it’s always going to be an on-going challenge the entire time your doing music. But for years I struggled with trying to do shows, I just kept hitting up promoters, venues, etc and finally my homies over at TBE gave me that shot to do a show and ever since that one show, I’ve been having several shows a month, along with out of state shows. So my advice to any up and coming artist is to never give up, keep grindin’.
TJF: What’s your ultimate direction?
Prophecy: I love the underground, I just love the fact that we are more of a family than we are a bunch of fans of different musicians. You can go into a mall and if a fellow juggalo see’s you they’ll let that whole mall know we’re there with a big loud fucking WHOOP WHOOP! And no matter what the underground family’s got your back, mainstream fans jump from one artist to the next depending on who’s on the radio, where the Underground Family sticks with you through thick and thin, so my direction is to keep grindin’ doing shows, releasing music, til one day I can tour and hang with each and every one of you people and make enough money to get by doing what I love. Not to much to ask for, it’s a reachable goal and one day I’ll be living the dream.
TJF: How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
TJF: Are you working on a new project, if so, what can you tell us about it?
Prophecy: The album is entitled “No More Happy” I’ve released two singles off of it so far, I’m looking for sometime in October to release it, I’m waiting on a few more collabs to come back so I can confirm a date. Some of the artists featured on it are: GrewSum, Cryptic Wisdom, ClaAs, Tha Wikid One, Kashus, IcKe, KlassiK, Gravity, and maybe a few more late additions who knows. I’m proud of this project and I can’t wait for you all to hear it, my best music yet.
TJF: You mentioned you released two new singles off of it? Where can they be found?
TJF: Any chance of seeing you at next years gathering as a performer, or just out and about?
Prophecy: I was invited to perform there this passed year but it was such short notice so I couldn’t make it, but hopefully next year whether I’m performing or not I want to be there. Just stay tuned into my pages and hopefully I’ll see all my crazy ass family there!
TJF: Any Last Words?
Prophecy: Just want to give a shout out to all the Juggalos out there who have supported me over the years. Be looking out for Established Ink Entertainment we’re in the building people! Shout out to my group members of KBG – Klassik, Kashus, Negative Xer0, Shouts to DreadEye, Homicydal Maniaxe and everyone out there at TBE! Make sure to add me on the pages I posted up and stay in contact with me, Always love to chat with the fam! Until the next time, stay safe and I don’t care if your in the room by yourself let the world hear our noise and shout out a big ass WHOOP WHOOP! MCL and I’m out!