The Man Behind the Mask
Thee Phantom, born Jeffrey McNeill, 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 Fifth Symphony at age 12.
The particular movement of Beethoven’s 5th entitled,
“Destiny”, would prove to be both ironic and foretelling
for the young musician.
In 2002, Phantom became the first Hip-Hop artist to perform at Philadelphia’s
prestigious Kimmel Center with musical accompaniment from members of the worldrenowned Philadelphia Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
Phantom has since formed his own ensemble, dubbed The Illharmonic
Orchestra and has toured the United States and Japan. The group has appeared on
TV several times and was featured on Fox International’s “Backstage Pass”, which
aired in Japan and 27 Asian countries. The group has also released two albums: Hero
Complex in 2006 and Making Of An Underdog in 2009. Phantom’s third album
entitled, “Maniac Maestro”, is slated for release in 2018.
On November 1, 2015, Thee Phantom backed by a 25 piece ensemble, took to
the stage at the famed Carnegie Hall, becoming just the 3rd Hip-Hop Artist to headline
his own show at the esteemed venue. In 2016, the ensemble packed 3,000 attendees
into the Kennedy Center in DC, which resulted in an invite to the White House for one
of President Obama’s final Holiday Parties. http:www.theephantomhiphop.com