Phil J. is an Alabama native, born and raised in Mobile. His infatuation for music has always been strong and growing up in a household where good music was always being played inspired him musically at an early age. For a vast majority of his life, Phil J. has been playing drums, due to it being his primary instrument. He's shared stages with artists such as The Roots as a drummer. However, as time progressed, his interest in becoming an artist grew immensely. He's heavily inspired by the music his father played growing up from artists such as: Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind, and Fire, The Whispers, The Ohio Players, etc. That era of music heavily influenced his singing and how he creates harmonies throughout his music. Around 2005, he was introduced to Lecrae's music. He was in awe of the fact that there were great artist who created music centered around the Christian faith. However, it wasn't until his life was radically changed by a song entitled, "Young" by Andy Mineo. After hearing this song, he was inspired to pursue rap as a career.
In 2012, his strong interest in becoming an artist became a surreal reality. He released his first mixtape, "The Sponsor" and garnered a good bit of attention. Every since then, his growth has become evident as an artist. With every project he's released since then, he strives to make every project different and unique. As time continued to progress, so did he. Phil J. doesn't consider himself a rapper nor singer, but a culmination of both. He's been cultivating his style of music ever since 2012 and is confident he's found a sound no one else can imitate. He prides himself on taking risk when creating music, even if it's a complete curveball to his listeners, but that's what excites him the most. The process in creating different types of songs forces him to push the envelope as an artist, a songwriter, and producer. The fruits of his labor have awarded him. In the beginning of 2017, Phil J. was named a Rapzilla Freshman. He's now looking to bring a new sound to the industry, with the main goal always being sharing Christ to a world in need of Him.
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Photographer: Carley Dean