Very few individuals truly understand the struggle and triumph of being an independent emcee like Fort Lauderdale’s own Jeffrey Prophete. Since childhood, it was apparent the grind was sealed into his DNA as he watched his mother work two jobs while his father drove a taxicab. Finding an interest in music, Jeff loved the melodic tunes of R&B while his older sister turned him into harder tales of West Coast rappers ranging from The Dogg Pound to Tupac.
The difficulties of parenthood often placed Jeff in the hands of his grandmother and the street’s addictive lifestyle. D Boys and trunk rattling bass put him on to Southern Hip Hop’s powerful movement molding his well-rounded taste in music.
Music also became the perfect outlet to tell his story and inspire others. Before becoming one of the most talked about artist to come from the city in quite a while, he honed in his craft early through two groups. As a member of Pound For Pound and Young Pound, Prophete released two projects a piece before going down the road of solo success.
Taking matters into his own hands, Jeff alongside his close friend and partner Verl Moore created Gwatta Squad Entertainment. Since then, he’s continued to be a buzzworthy name from Tallahassee to Miami and hasn’t slowed down a bit since dropping his 2009 solo debut, So Much To Say followed by Da Free Tape in 2010.
When Jeff wasn’t opening for Trick Daddy, Yung Joc, Lil Scrappy and the late-great Shawty Lo, he made a name for himself on the local college circuit from Florida State University to Florida A&M University and The University of North Florida. Those performances have gotten him all the way to venues in Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and Chicago.
Radio stations within the Sunshine State have all sent their support by adding him in regular rotation. Outside of Florida, he’s gotten love from radio stations on all coast including KISS 104.4 in Casper Wyoming, Hot 94.7 in Houston,TX, HITS 105 in Los Angeles and Power 102. 5 in New York.
On the digital front, Jeff isn’t slacking on that front either. Earning solid social media numbers in the double digits all organically, he’s also been featured on HipHopDX’s “Up Next By DX” where the world’s largest independently owned online publication called him a rapper “All about reality and lyricism.”
And yes, the fans are listening as Jeff enjoys 40K in average Soundcloud listens.
More recently, he dropped I.S.O.M. (Independent State Of Mind) on all major streaming services. Music videos from the project including “Doin Me,” “Why,” and “Real Nigga Vibe” have all averaged 50K in YouTube views. In the future, expect more visual treatments from I.S.O.M. tracks “Life of Mine,” “I Do Dat” and more.
Funding his grind primarily by himself, he isn’t letting up as Jeff plans on releasing new music soon and project set for release around summer 2017.