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Thee Phantom

Thee Phantom wrote his first rhyme at the age of 8 and made his first beat by mixing the instrumental from the Beastie Boys', "Paul Revere" with Beethoven's 5th Symphony. Ironically, that the particular movement of Beethoven's Symphony that he chose was entitled, "Destiny", because little did he know that his combination of Classical and Hip-Hop would open up a world of opportunities for him. Here is a video of Thee Phantom & his Illharmonic Orchestra performing, "B-Boy Meets Beethoven" on NBC.

In 2002, Thee Phantom became the first Hip-Hop Artist to perform at Philadelphia's prestigious Kimmel Center with musical accompaniment from members of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Included in the ensemble was Violist Renard Edwards, who 30 years earlier became the first African American musician to play for the Philadelphia Orchestra.

In 2003-2004, Phantom’s independently released single entitled, “Storming the Bastille” b/w "A Million MC's", received airplay on over 300 college and independent radio stations in the U.S., topping the charts at WGBB and WSIA in New York among others. "Storming" has also reached the airwaves in Germany, Japan, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Croatia, the U.K., Singapore, Australia, Ireland, Africa and France.

In 2006, Phantom completed and released his debut album entitled, Thee Phantom's Hero Complex, on his independent label Invisible Man Productions. "Hero Complex", is an audio comic book with scripted scenes connecting one song to the next. Thee Phantom nearly discontinued the album and his career after his best friend, Dr. Jason Porter was murdered in Atlanta. However, after a yearlong hiatus he was convinced to resume recording and to honor Jason’s memory by dedicating the album to him.

2010 saw the release of Phantom's follow-up album entitled, "Making Of An Underdog". Recorded almost entirely with live instrumentation, "Making Of An Underdog", serves as a prequel to, "Hero Complex" and marks the first time that we actually hear the song that started it all, "B-Boy Meets Beethoven".