One of Miami’s Top Rising Rappers
Prospectt is a Haitian rapper who was born in Brooklyn, New York, but later relocated to Miami, Florida. He has an interesting story about his journey into hip-hop and his time as a rising star in Miami’s rap scene. In 2016, he released his EP “The Theory,” which earned him a co-sign from DJ Khaled and caught Rick Ross’s attention when he added a verse to the remix of “All You Got.”
After facing personal issues and dealing with the politics of the music industry, Prospectt took a break from his music career for two and a half years. However, he has recently returned and has been working hard, releasing several songs like “Only Text,” “Bluffin,” and “Feel No More.”
Meet and Get To Know Prospectt
Kulture Vulturez: Being from Miami, what was it like growing up for you?
Prospectt: Honestly, growing up in Miami, I think it was the best things for me personally. I come from a Haitian family. My parents moved from Haiti to Miami, which is where I was raised and grew up. I like the fact that Miami is very cultured, and when you’re growing up you learn to navigate through so many different cultures. I
In Miami growing up it was fun because your environment is not really just one environment. You might live in a lower income area or you might live in a regular middle class area, but no matter where you at, you’re just going to run into all types of people. Your friends are going to be a mixture. I was always a dude who was just cool and hung out with everybody. Then when you have Haitian parents, they be trying to keep you on lock down. They’re trying to make sure you don’t go stray too far crazy. I
It’s funny because I used to be reckless. My parents, they was like if we don’t get a grip on this dude before he go too far off the grid, it’s going to be a problem. So, they sent me to Haiti. They left me there, like ‘Nah, you’re not coming back. You’re to live here.’ I lived in Haiti for a couple of years and went to school over there because they were trying to level head me because I was just getting in trouble. I got kicked out of a few schools, I was just wilding out.
Prospectt – Only Text (Official Visualizer)
Kulture Vulturez: How does coming from a Haitian background molded you as a person, getting ready for the industry?
Prospectt: It taught me a lot of principles. The Haitian household is very structured. First and foremost, I’m grateful. My parents, they still together, and watching my pops just how hard he worked. The man work ethic is undeniable. A lot of Haitian families just have that work ethic because they know what they come from. They look at everything as a blessing, and that just makes you go harder. For me, I was able to see a certain type of structure that allowed me to stay focused, go and strive. It just it made me well-rounded, and allowed me to learn how to communicate with people.
Kulture Vulturez: What were your earliest memories and experiences of being around music?
Prospectt: My earliest memories being around music is really from my mom. My mom used to always listen to a lot of oldies growing up playing music around the house when she would clean and cook. What I liked was she was very diverse with her music palette. She would play all type of records, from Luther Vandross to Bob Marley, to TLC, to Biggie. She was very musically inclined and diverse with what she listened to. It helped me naturally because I gravitated towards a lot of music early on and I was able to just find my own sounds.
Kulture Vulturez: When did you begin finding yourself as an artist? Or, discovered that you have talent, whether music or just creativity?
Prospectt: I would say in my early teens. When I would used to play music, I began to find myself. I would write out the lyrics of the songs I listened to. Then I would recite it and memorize it. [Rappers like] Lil Wayne, you name it. After a while, I found myself like, ‘You know what? Let me play some beats.’ Then I would be freestyling to the beats. Then, I started to notice like, ‘Yo, I’m really liking this. I’m really liking music.’ Then it went from freestyling to beats, to let me find my own beats and try to make records. I would say that’s kind of how I started.
Prospectt – Bluffin (Official Video)
Kulture Vulturez: How could you describe hip hop in Miami and South Florida, outside of Broward County?
Prospectt: Hip-hop in Miami has a unique sound. I wouldn’t necessarily say my records fall into that sound because it’s more of a cultured local sound that they call Juke music. It’s just a distinct sound to it. Me personally, my records might not sound like the Miami sound, but I feel like my records touch the Miami culture. I can go and do a record that has more island influence on it. Then I go give you another a rap record. I feel like the diversification in the music is more Miami because it’s a melting pot with all the cultures that we have.
Right now, Broward County has a completely different wave than Miami. If you look at it really speaking, Miami hasn’t had a run since DJ Khaled and Rick Ross flew in. We have the talent, we got the artists that could do it, but I don’t know what it is or why it is like that. We had Trick Daddy, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, FloRida, and Trina. We even had Pretty Ricky, Jason Derulo, and Sean Kingston. They all more or less all popped around the same time, within a two or three year gap.
Broward County been having it of late. They killing it. They staying locked in. They staying focused. They not letting the lifestyle get the best of them. Miami is fast life, a fast city. There’s a lot of distractions. You got to lock in for real. The Miami lifestyle once took me, that is why I am locked in. It’s a little less distraction up north.
Kulture Vulturez: Since you entered the rap game and the music industry, what have been some of your top highlighted moments?
Prospectt: Just getting the big dogs in the city to co-sign me. When DJ Khaled called me, acknowledging what I was doing and just wanting to build with me because he felt like the talent was there. He was like, ‘Nah, you got it. Stay locked in. Stay focused.’ Also, with Rick Ross, I had a record called “All You Got” that was making a lot of noise, moving around a lot in the city. Ross heard and loved the record. He gave me a call and was just like, ‘Yo, this record is hot. I want to do a verse for you.’
Just being able to move and network and build with people in the industry who could help guide me and take me to new levels. Any little thing, bro. Because the thing is, in this game, it’s so easy to overlook everything. You’re constantly chasing the next thing. I remember the first time I was on BET and the first time I did a radio interview, the first time I was played on the radio. I feel like all those things are big looks because the same way you’re getting that look, there’s somebody else who wish they had it.
Prospectt – Feel No More (Official Video)
Kulture Vulturez: Can you breakdown your latest single, “Feel No More?”
Prospectt: :Feel No More” is literally like how I’m feeling. I’m so locked in right now that I’m numb in a good way, I’m focused. My city is a fast city, but when you have seen it all and you moved around, nothing can distract me. I feel like nothing could make me feel no type of way, even with the [Miami] lifestyle. It’s just like what do I feel? Do I get happy? Do I get sad? No, I’m just numb. It is what it is, I been there, done that. That’s why in the verse I say, ‘Five star meals don’t hit no more.’
Kulture Vulturez: What is next for you that you have upcoming and should be on the lookout?
Prospectt: I feel like this is my year, so consistency, to be honest. I’m just going to stay locked in and stay focused. The industry keeps changing, by the month, by the year. I’m not going to say there’s a really a right way and a wrong way to do it, but I just know I got to get the music out to the people and I got to stay focused and stay consistent.
So this year I got a goal with the amount of records I’m gonna drop, with the amount of videos I’m gonna drop. I got a certain goal that I want to hit and I just want to keep challenging myself and make sure the records get better and better, making sure people can stay locked in. Whatever God has in store for my consistency, I feel like consistency will bring the results that I’m looking for. I want every song I drop to feel like a single, even if nobody catches it. One of them records is going to do well, and when that record does well and it get everybody attention, then they could go back and be like, ‘Damn, this n**** been dropping all of this all year and I overlooked this.’