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 irony is that the particular movement of Beethoven's 5th that he chose is entitled, "Destiny", because little did he know, that his combination of B-Boy Meets Beethoven would later open up a world of opportunities for him.
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. Included in the ensemble was Violist Renard Edwards, who 30 years earlier became the first African American musician to play for the Philadelphia Orchestra.
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 2016.
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.