T’Andre Harris became “Phenom” in the year 2000. He describes that time of his life as the moment he was adopted by hip-hop. At the age of 10, T’Andre Harris had entered the rap game and embraced the word “Phenom”, which means “possessor of all knowledge” as his nick name and rap name. The name fit him well because at such a young age he was writing and recording music that had such substance and deep meaning. The amazing talent of this young lyrical prodigy continues to blow the minds of people all over the world when they experience his music.
Phenom has been a recording artist, performer and producer since 2002. He started in the basement of his dad’s house with a computer and camcorder just writing and recording music and videos with friends in his neighborhood. However, he officially broke into the music industry in 2009, when he released his self-titled debut album “PHENOM (2009)” with Tate Music Group after signing a production and distribution deal at the age of 18. The album release helped him gain exposure and first-hand knowledge of the music business, but initially it wasn’t the huge success that he envisioned. Phenom left TMG after just one album in favor of going to college and eventually incorporating his own record company that would produce market and distribute his music and other artists as well.
Since his first album release in 2009, Phenom has recorded, executive produced, and released two albums under his own label. In 2010 he released “SO IN THE GAME” and then in December 2012, he released his third and latest album titled “BACK TO THE BASICS”. He also teamed up with DJ Xtraordinaire to kick off the mixtape series, Positive Dope (Vol. 1 - 4). To this day, those mixtapes have both their names buzzing in the streets, especially with Phenom’s most recent mixtape release titled “Still Married To The Music”. Phenom is keeping the momentum going with the release of his new single “Stop Killing Us” off his upcoming album “BIG BUSINESSS LP” coming winter 2015.
Phenom is the innovator of a music genre called “Productive Hip-Hop”. This is a style of music that appears to be the same as traditional rap, but it’s different. “Productive Hip-Hop” is about expressing your creativity and passion in everything you do and coming up with productive ways to solve problems in the world. A Productive Hip-Hop artist is a positive person who actively becomes the change that he or she wants to see in the world. The purpose of Phenom’s music is to enlighten and inspire its audiences. Phenom is a unique artist in his ability to share his values and real life experiences, communicate an uplifting message and maintain his street edginess.
“Negativity is a reality, but its up to us as artists to find ways to express it without glorifying it". -Phenom
Phenoms chief musical influence is Gangsta Rap from the 90s. Some artists include Master P, Tupac Shakur, Nas, DMX and Jay-Z. "Productive Hip-Hop is what Gangsta Rap has evolved into."-Phenom. Along with musical influences, Phenoms artistic expression is also motivated by his desire to use his God given abilities to positively impact the world.