Tuned In to Thee Phantom
Thee Phantom fuses hip hop with the sounds of classical instruments. And his unique sound is responsible for making him the first rapper to perform at the Kimmel Center.
The face under the mask of "Thee Phantom" belongs to Jeff McNeill. The Philadelphia native hip hop composer wrote his first rhyme when he was just 8-years-old. He discovered the unique blend of classical music and hip hop when he mixed the instrumentals of the Beastie Boys' "Paul Revere" with Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony" when he was 12.
In 2002 Phantom became the first hip hop artist to perform in Philadelphia's Kimmel Center accompanied by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. He has since been invited back to play at the Kimmel Center twice.
Phantom's independently released single "Storming the Bastille" has received airplay on over 300 college and independent radio stations in the United States, and has also reached the airwaves of Germany, Japan, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Croatia, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, Ireland, Africa, and France.
Despite his successes, McNeil nearly walked away from his musical career after the murder of his best friend, Dr. Jason Porter. After a year of reflection, McNeil decided to pick up the mask and mic, and dedicate his first album as Thee Phantom to his late friend. Last year Thee Phantom released that debut album entitled "Hero Complex".
Thee Phantom is currently on a college tour, visiting American University, Lincoln University (Annex), Swarthmore College, UPenn, and the University of Buffalo.
You are now Tuned In to ... Thee Phantom!
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