Elijah The Young Prophit Some of your hip hop influences were Big L. Jay-Z & Biggie to name a few. How has their music shape the way your music sounds today?
Well all three of them shaped my music into what it is today. Whether it be lyricism storytelling or delivery. They all gave me the desire to be what they were to hip hop in their day in mine. Jay-Z I think has the greatest influence on me because I feel as that our minds work similarly and the way we’re both witty and like to play with certain musical ideas is an amazing trait in hip hop that will never die as long as I’m here.
What has been the reaction to people hearing your music so far?
Everyone that hears me tells me that I’m destined to go a long way and that I am a natural on the microphone. I always hear what they say about me, but I’ve grown the tendency not to “listen”. There is a difference between hearing and listening and I feel that if I listen too much I’ll develop a huge ego and start to be complacent. Everyone that knows me knows that I’m quiet laid back and humble as can be. A “humble” man makes room for progress and a “proud” man believes he’s already there. I’d rather work hard in silence and let my success make the noise.
What music are you currently working on?
I’ve been in and out of the studio working till late night and making progress on my music. I see myself slowly developing into a musical powerhouse in the coming years with proper guidance I feel I can do what others don’t even think is realistic.
What do you think an artist has to do to have longevity in this music business?
Longevity in the music business is rare but I view it as something that can be easily accomplished with a smart mind that always thinks ahead. In order to have longevity in the music business you have to take the money you have and expand it into other businesses or Economic endeavors to make more money and stock your finance until you can never run out. I want to make sure my future family generations are able to be financially stable and eligible to whatever they want.
If you had the opportunity to work with one favorite artist who would it be and why?
If it was up to me I would most certainly work with Lloyd Banks. I choose Banks because we are both lyrical and good storytellers. We also have a liking of similar beats. If I’m ever given the chance for collaboration with him I would definitely accept.
Being so young in the business what would you was is one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned so far?
I have learned a lot of things about the rap game whether it be self-taught lessons or lessons from other sources. I take heed to advice about my skills and the industry. I would say the most important thing I’ve learned is to have 100% Effort and know that there are 0% promises. If I make music with the desire for something out of it, it wouldn’t be sincere and real. I never tell myself something’s going to happen because I feel if I raise my expectations I will be disappointed. So, all I do is work as hard as I can and accept whatever the outcome is.
What is your definition of Grynd?
My definition of Grynd is extremely hard work and focus on your craft.
Where can we find you on social media?
You can find me on Instagram @youngprophit
Any Shout outs?
I want to shout-out Empire Music Group Lions Mane Records The Legendary CutLord DJ Swift , Lyes Paparazzi Young Fortune, my uncle J Money,And My bro J. Also, The Committee And DTLR.