From the first phone call with E.L.I.A.S. the Profhit, I was intrigued and inspired. Positive and persuasive, he was so eager to entertain that he performed a poem for me over the phone. More than a music-maker, but a mentor, E.L.I.A.S. stands for “Everyday Life Is A Success.” This motivational man is not only an artist, but an advocate, not just a lyricist, but a leader.
Trying to rally and redefine a community known for its overdose rate, E.L.I.A.S. was a spokesperson for the national drug rally group for a federal response to the Opioid epidemic, “FedUp!.” Choosing to try and make a change, he learned how influential, important, and effective music is, and how hip hop can help his community. Emphasizing positivity in his performances, E.L.I.A.S. has a purpose for prevention, is a big voice for bettering yourself no matter your situation. Using his career to counterbalance the negative connotation of his community, and even hip hop, he wants to “repackage, re-put it out, so that people can re-accept it.”
A man on a mission, E.L.I.A.S. has done lots of media. From cover stories of speaking at community forums, to news interviews calling for more local leaders, E.L.I.A.S. has accomplished quite a bit. Competing in competitions since the age of 14, he was the first ever W.V. hip hop artist to perform on “Teen Talent,” winning all kinds of awards for poetry, including the “Young Writers for the Future Award.” As he grew he just got better, headlining with Ginuwine, sharing stages with G-Unit’s Young Buck, and Fetty Wap to name a few.
Featured on THISIS50.COM ,VLADTV.COM , nominated for the NYC “Best Original Male Artist” underground award, selected as a feature artist for XXL Magazine’s Freshman Edition, and being named Hot97’s “Who’s Next,” E.L.I.A.S. told me he wants to “shake things up,” and he’s doing just that. Coming from a place of limited opportunity, E.L.I.A.S. is making his own. He told me one of his goals is to “get hip hop into places that it may have never been before.” Describing hip hop as “poetry with music behind it,” E.L.I.A.S. has performed hip hop at Culture Fests, in schools, and in public libraries, and you can see him perform next at the Ohio Valley Hip Hop Awards this Saturday, February 20th, at 7:30 P.M. at the McClure Hotel Ballroom, where he is also nominated for “Best Artist,” “Lyricist of the Year,” and “Video of the Year.”