PROBLEM 13 is an underground Hip-Hop artist, bringing high energy hardcore Hip-Hop music laced with a message for his people and all oppressed people in the world. He believes that Hip-Hop music should do more than just entertain, but that the listener should come away with something to think about. Problem 13: "of course Hip-Hop music supposed to rock the party. The rapper's flow gotta be tight, the beat gotta be heat, but Hip-Hop is the voice of the people. With all the social issues we face in the world today, from racism & injustice, to homelessness, the privatization of prisons, to the degradation, disrespect, and abuse of women. I can go on and on. So yeah, when u pick the mic up, make sure you bring the heat, but keep in mind that you been blessed with a gift. if you aspire to be an artist, your lyrics should have some substance, even if its just one bar. How you gonna use the voice of the people to talk about bullsh*t all the time? That's just my take on it, if u ain't lyrical enough to bring lyrics with some form of substance for the people, and still entertain them, then u ain't a true artist. But when you think about it, most aren't true artists, and don't really give a f*ck. They just in it for the money. A true artist is not motivated by money, to a true artist, its deeper than money, I can't really explain it but... the true artist is motivated by something that stirs deep down in their soul"
PROBLEM 13 has been writing lyrics and rapping for as long as he can remember. In elementary school he would entertain his schoolyard friends rapping lyrics from his favorite MCs. One day he decided to write some of his own raps. To his surprise, his friends really liked his raps, and would constantly ask him for a new one. He was 7 yrs old.
He really enjoyed rapping. Then one day, he heard a rapper he never heard before, with a flow that sounded so unique, and so hard. It was LL Cool J "I Need A Beat", after hearing that song, his mind was made up. He wanted to make people feel like that record made him feel. His journey to becoming a true MC begun that day. He would rap all day and all night, just producing lyrics from the top of his head. Perfecting his freestyle skills, or what is referred to as "coming off the dome". By the time he reached high school, He was a master at the freestyle. You can throw any topic at him, he can put it into rhyme and make it sound like it was already written, he was just that good. P13: "I remember, people would accuse me of "frontin", they couldn't believe it. Then I would challenge that person by rhyming about them, from head to toe. No way I wrote that last night (lol). Any freestyle cypher I walked in, I wrecked it!"
Through his high school years, he would continue to harness his craft. Continuously in rap battles and and talent shows. Becoming notorious for his high energy, raspy voice, ruff flow, witty lines and sharp delivery. It wasn't long before he was renting studio time and recording his own songs. Learning how to produce, how to structure a song, how to mix, all the ins & outs of working in a studio. Becoming more than just an artist, but becoming a producer and engineer as well.
His buzz in the streets as a battle rapper earned him bookings at local shows. Never passing up on an opportunity to work on his showmanship and stage presence. He would go on to be an opening act for legendary artists like KRS-1, Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes, Foxy Brown, Wu-Tang Clan, and several other big name acts.
Growing up, he spent his youth in multiple cities. His city of birth, Chicago, as well as New York, and Miami. Because of his upbringing, he learned many different aspects of Hip-Hop culture in different parts of the country. Chicago's gang culture, New York's 5% Nation culture, Miami's pimp & drug hustle culture, all played a part in molding him as an MC and making him the artist he is today.
Ultimately he became a member of The Nation of Islam. As he matured, as a young Muslim, he began to incorporate the truths of Islam into his lyrics. P13: "Islam, being a Muslim, that's who I am, its my culture, its my nature, so of course i'm gonna represent it in my music."And that representation of Black empowerment in his music is what would make some make the mistake in labeling him a "conscious" artist, because unlike other "conscious" rappers, PROBLEM 13's music is edgy, hard, borderline gangster rap. He brings consciousness, but you can feel the streets in every bar. P13: I'm gonna always represent that star and crescent in my music. But there are other aspects of who I am too. I grew up gangbanging on the South Side of Chicago, running with the 5%ers in The Bronx, hustling on the streets of Miami. A man is the sum total of his life experiences, and all my life experiences influence me lyrically. I speak the language of the streets. One thing about me, I'm not gonna censor myself to make anyone comfortable. Im trying to take the listener out of their comfort zone. If I feel the need to get something off my chest, and its the truth, imma say it. And some people may get offended, and its not that I mean to offend, most people are just offended by truth... in my humble opinion, true artists aren't trendy and appeasing to what society, or the music industry says or dictates. A true artist at his/her core have to keep it 100 with themselves above everything else, regardless who don't understand it, if u don't feel it, it ain't for you *shrugs shoulders ain't no Milli Vanilli Vanilla Ice Ice Baby rap ova here!"
Over the years he has produced and released a volume of mixtapes that have given him a significant underground following. He released his first single Not Wutchu Lookin Fo which created quite a buzz for him. He immediately followed it up with Supreme Wisdom single and music video.
PROBLEM 13 has currently released his latest single GODSTA b/w P1THREEZY ft Hecava Mecca . available on all streaming services, as well as a new mixtape Apocaliptik Radio, available exclusively on his website.
He is in the studio working on his next project, his first album release RESILIENT. Due to be realeased late summer of 2021 on APOCALIPTIK RECORDS LLC.
One thing is for sure, Problem 13's story is just beginning.