PHENOM, born Teh’Ray Hale, learned to rhyme at the becoming age of 13 in the back streets of Chicago, Illinois. Unafraid to join in on the ciphers and emcee battling, PHENOM instantly loved connecting clairvoyant lyrics and hurling potent metaphors quickly taking his opponents to school. Influenced by legendary artists like Rakim, Nas, Common, Black Thought of the Legendary Roots, & Bob Marley; PHENOM set a goal as becoming himself, a legendary artist. His passion immediately ignites audiences with a fire of a stage presence of something never before heard in HIP-HOP.
This emerging artist fills hungry listeners with a delicious serving of creativity. His blazing rhyme pattern has the industry’s top A&Rs quoting him to be the next artist to break out of Chicago since Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco. In the 2000 Source Magazine Unsigned Hype Emcee Battle PHENOM earned 2nd place to Detroit Hip-Hop legend and D-12 member “PROOF” out of 1000 nationwide contestants. After the battle PHENOM told Newsweek in an interview “My aim is to be one of the best. I want to make good music for the listener and my skill will definitely be sharpened after this battle. I’m not just a battle emcee though, I love to make music. I’m what Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder would sound like if they could Spit”. In his song “See The World”, PHENOM cunningly summons the “IT”, that made the world love this music. This song makes you love true Hip-Hop again. “Seven Deadly Sins” is yet another song that shows why this amazing artist is skyrocketing his way to the top of this industry. The song shows an eerie connection between the deaths of legendary artist and the Seven Deadly Sins. PHENOM’s diverse style was showcased in his highly anticipated solo performance series "Free-Hop” which blends several genres of music such as Afrobeat, Deep House, Reggae, GoGo, Soul and Spoken Word, with Hip-Hop music to form a delectable display of raw talent and musical freedom.
Prior to being signed to Focus Music Group’s Visionary Recordings, PHENOM took his contagious fire to the poetry scene and founded the exciting poetic theater collective POETREE Chicago, “People’s Organized Entertainment Teaching Righteous Education Everywhere”. POETREE flooded the poetry scene with powerful concepts and an original mixture of truth, entertainment and culture. They began as a group of 11. Their Wu-Tang Klan-ish presence developed into a collective of 4 elements watering the minds of poetry connoisseurs everywhere. The collective was often compared to the likes of the Pharcyde, The Fugees and Digable Planets. POETREE toured the country rocking venues with artists such as Dead Prez, John Legend and Common. PHENOM helped this group of 4 to release a classic album “Positive Pollution”. The highly anticipated release immediately sold over 4000 copies in the Midwest/East Coast and is still climbing.
PHENOM has dedicated his life to empowering the People through his music. In 1995, First Lady Michelle Obama chose him for the Public Allies program where he had the opportunity to work with and teach youth about violence prevention strategies. As the Founder and CEO of the award-winning POETREE Chicago, PHENOM was influenced to start L.Y.R.I.C, (Let Your Rhymes Inspire Creativity) with co-founder and national poet K-Love in 2009. Today, the L.Y.R.I.C program serves Chicago-based high school students and offers them opportunity to write and perform poetry as a non-violent means to stopping the violence in their neighborhoods. As a main member of HIP-HOP DETOXX, PHENOM has also hosted major events such as Ritual Sundays, Neo Soul Explosion, and Lyricist Loft, and while doing so this incredible artist has mentored over 6500 plus youth throughout the US. His goal is to inspire change in the urban neighborhoods of Chi-town and abroad.
In 2010 PHENOM collaborated with Neo-Soul singers Yaw & Khari Lemmuel to release "Jah Makin' Funk". He also released his first quality mixtape entitled "Wake UP World" in the same year. "Wake UP World" features tunes from legendary producers Ron Trent, Wajee (Slum Village), Rashid Hadee, Toronto's own Nick Beats, and the very hungry TALL BLACK GUY from Chi. This fearless emcee/poet from Chi’ Town has rocked stages throughout America with accomplished artists such as Roy Ayers, Mos Def, The Roots, Common, Erykah Badu, Dwele, Fertile Ground, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and the Brooklyn emcee Talib Kweli. He is a 3 time Chicago Music Award Nominee and has been quoted by VIBE.com as "the next artist to make a major impact on the industry." In 2007, PHENOM's older brother Greg "PG" Hoskins started PROJECT BORN RECORDS, Inc and shortly after partnered up with Mello of ELITEMIND Management. Now their efforts are gaining PHENOM more notoriety. His song “Jacuzzi” featuring vocalists YAW & Khari Lemmuel off of his independently released "Closed Mouf Don't Get Fed" and the up-tempo/ heavy 808’s joint "1-2-3" produced by the young up-n-coming rapper/ producer 42 Keez has earned PHENOM looks in national magazines/publications & blogs abroad.
2015 has PHENOM buzzing even more in Chicago as he was voted one of the Top 4 artist’ in this years' Red Eye Chicago ROCK n VOTE contest. He was the only Hip-Hop Act in the contest. PHENOM was also the Host of the Chicago Park District’s 1st ever Teen In the Park Fest #TIPFEST, where thousands of youth ages 13-24 attended. The fest curated by Chance The Rapper whom brought Kendrick Lamar for a surprise performance. In addition, PHENOM was able to tap into a few brand new markets where his music has been well received and his buzz has grown. This proved true on September 18th, when he played a Headlining set to a packed house of hundreds of new fans and supporters at Voices from the Warehouse in Dubuque, Iowa. PHENOM’s concert was front-page news of the “Telegraph Herald” (Dubuque local newspaper). October 29th, 2015 marked the the release of PHENOM’s highly anticipated new album “I Didn’t Come I Was Sent.