Underground Experience Feature 2/23/016



Mistajay: What is the story and conception behind your emcee name?

D.P. Da Prophet: Well I started off as just Da Prophet in high school but found out there were many others using just that, so I decided to add the D.P. to distinguish myself from the rest. The D.P. stands for Da Poet. I have always had a way with words especially with the ladies so I wrote poetry frequently. In majority of my music you can find a message so I feel through my lyrics I can be a prophet to the world.

Mistajay: What area are you reppin? What is the hip hop scene like there?

D.P. Da Prophet: I am reppin VA, area code 804 to be exact, the cap city, Richmond VA (RVA) all the way up to the DMV, From Tidewater area back to VA Tech! The hip hop scene is growing so much here. The talent here is amazing from your backpack conscious artists to your trap rappers, singers and dope female emcee’s! Richmond is a melting pot and it’s no different for music, from hip hop to tons of bands making big breaks here. The hip hop scene is still trying to break through to the majors but we have had some success stories from around here and many are happy with the indie scene. Ride through the Rich and you will see beautiful graffiti murals, drummers playing live on the streets, and really start to feel our culture, but don’t ride to far the wrong way because it gets wild out here too.

Mistajay: What are your influences of your music? And what inspires you?

D.P. Da Prophet: The emcee’s that influenced me are Tupac, Nas, the college dropout Kanye West, Eminem & when it comes to making records for the ladies Ja Rule. My whole life inspires me from my past all the way to today. My daughters since becoming a father. What I see going on in my hometown and almost every city in America. The love, the pain, the hate, my dreams.

Mistajay:How do you describe your style?

D.P. Da Prophet: My style is more hip hop & boom bap. I’m happy with being a underground legend but won’t shy away from being as big as Jay-z! I love beats with soul samples but getting clearance is another topic lol. I’d rather spit lyrics that are felt more than being catchy but I can hop on pretty much anything. I will never limit myself creatively. I make music for people going through real everyday life. My music inspires. I never forgot about the ladies when working on a project either.

Mistajay: Classic sounding record “Illmatic Dreams” had the honor of being nominated for Song Of The Year via The 2015 UMA’s (Underground Music Awards). Do you consider that your best song recorded to date if not what one is and why?

D.P. Da Prophet: Illmatic Dreams prod. by SteveNBlinG is probably my best record to date just the way it came together it didn’t feel forced but it felt meant to be. It’s funny I was in NYC in Harlem, almost top floor in a project building at my girls aunts place when the vision first popped in my head. I called up Bling from her aunts couch, told him the sound I was looking for and on the way back down to VA on 95 south he sent me a sample of the beat just a couple days later which I loved. I knew I needed a soulful hook & former MMG singer Masspike Miles brought the chorus I wrote to life. Rapper Big Pooh killed his verse which added a finished polishing touch to the record. The song made rounds worldwide online on major music blogs & internet radio and the feedback was so positive I knew I didn’t have to water down my music to gain fans! On my new EP Believe there are a couple of records I feel can contend with that song though. You will have to listen to see.

Mistajay: If you could share the stage with any 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

D.P. Da Prophet: That is a hard one to narrow down but I will try my best. J Cole would be one because I feel we have similar stories coming from smaller cities/towns were you really have to go and get your dreams. We both got a good education but also couldn’t escape getting a taste of the streets. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performance is always crazy and a attention grabber so to share the stage with them would be one full of props, singers, instruments & one to remember. I would say Chris Brown next. We both are from VA and we know all the ladies will be at his concerts. His shows always sell out & are huge productions.

Mistajay: A lot of artists come into the game with a lot of ambition but don’t spend time learning the business side. How important to you is learning about publishing and royalties?

D.P. Da Prophet: The business side is just as important as ambition in the game. You have to have everything registered right. Treat every song as if it is going to blow so everything is already in place for receiving royalties and tracking sales, radio spins etc.. If you don’t have those in place it will always be a hobby for you and for some that’s ok but at least give yourself a fighting chance.

Mistajay: You acquired such a diverse background in Music Entertainment by attending Recording Engineering & Music Business School in FL & becoming an A&R for a thriving Indie Label back home. How has this affected your view of music?

D.P. Da Prophet: It helped me see both sides of the business which is good. When working with publishing companies or labels they have certain processes, It’s more than just making music so to understand that stuff easier helps with relationships. You learn if you are not in control of your music, to anyone else involved it becomes all about the bottom line. I am able to close deals myself though from having to do so for established artists back in the day. Also before the lawyers view it I can understand the paperwork and know if it’s a good situation or not.

Mistajay: You have made it on MTV, MTV Hive, MTV Canada, VH1, Yahoo Music & VEVO and been covered by several major blogs such as HotNewHipHop, 2DopeBoyz, AllHipHop & Hype Magazine. You were also blessed to get the opportunity to be promoted nationwide in the XXL Freshman Issue & with a growing fan base you graced the Indie Grind section of Hip Hop Weekly magazine. What kind of effect has this had on your visibility?

D.P. Da Prophet: A great one when people in your hometown can go to the gas station, grocery store or books a million & pick up a magazine with your face in it and your cities name. That’s a feeling I never want to forget. MTV was HUGE also. I said I would do it and many doubted and then when it happened everyone was sharing it, talking about it and seeing it was possible from where we are from. The major blogs are a blessing creating a avenue to get your music heard by potential new fans. I’m just lucky I have a great PR who gets the job done when it comes to press! Shout out Urban Threshold PR!

Mistajay: Where do you see hip hop going in 2016? How do you see yourself fitting into


D.P. Da Prophet: It looks like it is headed in the right direction. By saying that I mean it’s steady evolving with artists pushing the envelope creatively but at the same time we have many new artists who still can create an older sound with a newer twist to please all hip hop fans.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

D.P. Da Prophet: Continue making music because take the money and fame out of the equation and music is still my first love. My catalog consists of extended plays & singles for now so my debut album will arrive one of these days. I also want to executive produce other artists albums and develop my label Live Forever Through Music more. Hopefully a Grammy or two also and I’ll take that as artist, writer or producer!

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

D.P. Da Prophet: Never quit on your dreams. Believe in yourself first and whatever you do make sure not to take any regrets to the grave with you.

Stream my new EP “Believe” ft. Skyzoo, Saigon, Nitty Scott MC, Sean Brown & David Blayne https://soundcloud.com/dpdaprophet/sets/believe-ep

Mistajay: Where can fans follow you and get your music?

D.P. Da Prophet:









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