The Elements

The Elements

BandHip HopR&B

The Elements liken themselves to those founding fathers of the hip-hop culture that utilized their music not only to move the crowd, but also to deliver a powerful message. They are the pure definition of a throwback... hot beats and rhymes that will make you move, but will also make you think.


Hip-Hop is a culture that thrives on self-expression and individuality and emceeing is an art form created to add a voice to that self-expression and individuality. This is the mindset that Mikhael Sampson had when he started The Elements at Richland Northeast High School in 2002. This originally was the first high school hip-hop club in Columbia, SC. The mission of The Elements was to teach and promote the nine elements of hip-hop in a positive way through emceeing, dancing, deejaying, graffiti art, poetry, and singing. The most influential part of The Elements was a group of six emcees which included Mikhael, who took on the name Mike S. the Prophet 13. After graduating from high school in 2003 The Elements rap group was reconstructed with his brother and some of their friends. The Elements now consists of Mikhael Sampson (Mike S.The Prophet 13), Kevin Sampson (The Visual Kid), Tim Cokley (T-Coke), Brian Conner (Open Mike), and Marcus Thomas (Soul Speak). Each member possesses a unique style and brings their own element to the table.

The Elements liken themselves to those founding fathers of the hip-hop culture that utilized their music not only as a way to move the crowd, but also as a way to release bent up pressure and deliver a powerful message. In a day and age where hip-hop is in a constant war between cookie-cutter commercial artists and those that choose to explore their own uniqueness, the Elements strive to be the pure definition of a throwback hot beats and hot rhymes that also make you think.

This mixture of energy and a positive message has earned the Elements many opportunities. They have performed locally throughout Columbia and at such events as Columbia's own Apollo Talent Competition, The Hype in Birmingham, Alabama at the University of Alabama Birmingham, the Coca-Cola Jam Fest (where they took first prize), "Non Stop Hip-Hop Live" at the New Brookland Tavern, the University of South Carolina's Late Night Carolina several times, the University of South Carolinas Battle of the Bands, becoming the first hip-hop act to win (not an easy feat to say the least), the College of Charleston, the University of North Carolina Charlotte, Columbia College, Benedict College, Furman University, Parallel Worlds (an artistic soul event), and the Three Rivers Music Festival. The Elements most recently penned a song for Alveda King the daughter of A.D. King, the brother of the late Dr. Martin Luther King and performed for the King family in Atlanta, GA. The group has also opened for such well-known national recording artists as Kanye West, 112, Kutless, Chingy, Arrested Development, and Lupe Fiasco.

The Elements are a mixture of the many styles of hip-hop sound but they have an uncanny ability to blend them together seamlessly. Currently, the Elements are hard at work on their sophomore project as well as a 3 part Pre-release series entitled "Get on the Elevator" and blazing whatever stage they can step foot on in and out of state.



"GET ON THE ELEVATOR" VOLUME 1 (of the ELEVATORMUSIK pre-releases) - SPRING 2008 The LOOK Entertainment Release, Available for FREE Download @ and

"MUSIC FOR THE PEOPLE MIX-TAPE" - 2007 The LOOK Entertainment and Ice Cold Productions Release, Available for Listen and Free Download @

"ONE NIGHT" - 2005 The LOOK Entertainment Release, Available for Listen and Purchase @ and

"WHAT YOU'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR VOLUME 1 MIX TAPE" - 2004 The LOOK Entertainment Release, Available for Purchase @

Set List

A typical set includes a mixture of original material as well as the most popular industry tracks performed with original lyrics.

Time of performance varies based on need from 20-90 minutes.

Our DJ also provides a mix of music for those present during concert preparation and afterwards as well.

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