Prophet meshes synths with his raw emotions on Don’t Forget It. The Bay Area’s hidden gem is making a strong comeback in 2020. The Fader
Prophet is an electro-funk musician from the San Francisco area, who until his debut Stones Throw album in 2018, had only released an obscure private-press LP called Right On Time (1984, Treasure Records) which to this day has a dedicated cult following. After its release, Prophet disappeared for over 3 decades until Stones Throw’s founder Peanut Butter Wolf, a long-time fan, met him by chance encounter.
Peanut Butter Wolf introduced Prophet to Mndsgn, and together they came up with Wanna Be Your Man, released on Stones Throw in 2018. The album was praised in publications including Vice, Q, and Mixmag, with Loud & Quiet calling it ‘not only a fondly stitched together photo album of funk’s heyday but an important release in its own right.’ Tyler, The Creator was also a fan, and remixed the title track into the song “Peach Fuzz”.
Whereas Wanna Be Your Man was a collaboration with Mndsgn, Don’t Forget It is entirely self-produced. Working on his own allowed Prophet to further explore his sound palette and whittle down over a hundred songs to 16 for this record.
Prophet – photo by Frank Hom