Prophet-Z
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Prophet-Z

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

New York City, New York, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
Solo World Reggae

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Describe your nominated work. Officer is a song that speaks about the frustrations of having bad encounters with the long arm of the law—police. Many times people complain about getting harassed by police unnecessarily. Maybe you were parked in a bus lane, and instead of simply telling you to move out of the lane, you were slapped with a ticket to pay a fine. In other cases it can be as severe as getting physically beat and harassed by police. “Officer” speaks to these unnecessary ills that we encounter with police on a daily basis.

Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording? The beat or the rhythm for the song was produced by Polish engineer, Marek Bogdanski. I am positive that he used some plugins to tweak some of the guitars and synths that are heard in the recording. What he used exactly is a mystery to me. All I know is that it is an excellent production well deserved of any great reggae artist to sing over.
Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned? I would have to say recording the harmonies for the chorus was a happy accident. After some weeks of mulling over the chorus to myself, while in the studio an idea hit me to record the background vocals for the chorus. Once harmonized, the song sounded as if I had a full band with backup singers assisting me on the project. I was delighted.

How did you raise the funds for this project? How long do you expect it will take to recoup your out-of-pocket recording expenses? Most of it [money] was out-of-pocket. For this song it will take a few months to recoup, but whoa is the life of a musician.

Why did you choose to submit this work to The 11th IMAs? I learned of the IMAs through Disc Makers back in 2002 I believe. I actually submitted a work and was accepted. However, due to copyright issues relating to a sampled work on the recording, I decided to back out from the competition. I have always been a fan of the IMAs, as I am a fan of independent music. I have followed the IMAs for many years now and have attended one of the award shows. I think it’s good when independent artist can have a forum where they can display their talents and be recognized for their work.

What’s your definition of success and how will you know when you’ve achieved it? Success is when your work can effect change in people. Having the ability to inspire people through whatever it is that you do, and have a positive impact in that person or people, to continue and improve upon that; I believe is success. You don’t have to be rich to be successful. The people will let you know. Once that is the case, then you know you have achieved it.

How will you leverage your IMA honors to achieve your career goals? I think it is an honor to be an IMA nominee as there are great artists in the entire competition. This is a great addition to my portfolio as I believe the IMA has a standard when nominating artists. So to be seen as an artist who has been able to achieve a nomination will definitely make people pay more attention to my work, as I will make sure that I highlight the achievement.

Who’s sitting in your audience and what makes your fans unique? My fans are boys, girls, men and women of all ages, colors and creeds. It’s a beautiful thing when a child as young as 10 as well as an older woman in her 40s comes to you and says “I really love that song” or “That track is hot!” In the same manner people from different ethnicities are able to connect to the music. I think that diversity is unique—when your music becomes that universal language that can speak to everyone.

What is your guilty pleasure on the road? Any close calls or mishaps while on tour? I don’t really have any guilty pleasures. If there was one, it would probably be sleep. As long as whoever’s driving is good to go, my eyelids will be shut. Whenever I can get it, please believe I’m getting it. Long rests, power naps, whatever. One time we were crossing the border into Canada. I woke up in the back of the van while the immigration officer was questioning us. I had no clue where I was or what was happening. I started questioning the officer. By the time I regained composure, the immigration officer threatened to jail me on share suspicion. It wasn’t funny then, but looking back at it…hilarious.

Who are your musical heroes & influences? There’s so many. I’m influenced by so many different genres of music: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Buju Banton, Sizzla Kalonji, Capleton, Busy Signal, Lupe Fiasco, A Tribe Called Quest, Big Daddy Kane, Maestro Fresh Wes, T-Soul (R&B/Hip Hop Toronto native), MC Lyte, Michiee Mee, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Gil Scott Heron, Sam Cooke, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Sly & Robbie…the list goes on and on.

Are there any songs you wish you wrote and why? I wish I wrote Bob Marley’s “Crazy Baldhead”. It’s real rebel music. Who can’t relate to chasing someone out of town that is only ther - The Independent Music Awards


Toronto’s native reggae sensation Prophet-Z has managed to win the hearts and votes of the hundreds of viewers and listeners that tune in every Monday from 6pm-8pm to the Memoirs by A. D. The General radio talk show, broadcast live on Street Market Radio. Prophet-Z has been in rotation going on 12 weeks with his recent single “Clap On, Clap Off”. He is no stranger to the music scene, having opened for the likes of Buju Banton, Papa San and Damien Marley. Watching him perform, the ladies love him and the guys respect his music. Prophet-Z now resides in Brooklyn, NY and is hard at work creating a buzz for himself, traveling back and forth from Jamaica to Canada and back to NYC. A.D. The General catches up with Prophet-Z to see what all the hype is about.

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Prophet Z (pronounced Prophet-Zee)

When Prophet-Z is not blazing the stage at night with powerful Reggae music, Prophet-Z (pronounced "Prophet Zee") is somewhere in the inner city of Brooklyn teaching young students by day.  Whether chatting hard-core Dancehall lyrics or singing melodious Reggae vocals, Prophet-Z keeps his crowd engaged and entertained.


Today, Prophet-Z is promoting his second EP entitled, "Tell Me Nothin'".  After performing as the first Reggae/Dancehall artist to bless the stage on BETs 106 & Park Wild Out Wednesday, Prophet-Z continues to perform in various venues across the U.S. and Canada, and connect with his fans.


Prophet-Z hopes to create classic Reggae/Dancehall albums that will serve as a testament to the great artist that he is.  As long as he is able to spread good vibes of his music to the world, Prophet-Z believes his purpose will have been accomplished.


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