Inspirational hip-hop born from personal pain.
Prophet's new album, "Reflection" (Prophet), sounds like a comeback.
Sure, it's probably the first time most folks have heard of the up-and-coming Lindenhurst rapper, but the album is packed with songs about triumphing over adversity.
"I'm back in the booth, playing tracks, telling truths," declares Prophet (aka Sean Werner) in "The Return." "Show you how we do, I'm Long Island's Babe Ruth. I'm Kobe when I shoot or Gatsby in my suit."
Prophet dedicates "Reflection" to his friend and former bandmate CJ Neumann, who died last year, and he refers to him throughout the album by name and by inference, as he describes his attempts to move past the loss. By the time he reaches "Picking Up the Pieces," it seems like Prophet's plan is working.
Prophet plays Revolution, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville, 631-264-7712, at 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $10.
THE GRADE B+