From Autism to Artistry: Musician Mad Prophet talks about his album ‘Spectrum Baby’ and his unique musical journey

On June 2nd, Mad Prophet dropped his exciting new project, Spectrum Baby. It’s a fun compilation of different themes and sounds, comedy interspersed with explorations of mental health topics and themes of football that have not been quite so represented in rap music until now. Mad Prophet offers a unique and stylish approach to music-making and rapping.

Mad Prophet is based in Chicago. Today, he is juggling quite a few careers but uses each of them to feed the other. He is a rapper, a producer, a football coach, and a trained football scout. His current goal is to become a college football coach or an NFL scout and develop further in this field that he loves. Music is equally a passion for the artist, and he is developing different projects to succeed as a rapper and a music producer, although this is currently not how he makes a living. 

For Mad Prophet, music represents something meaningful. It’s a place where he talks about things that matter to him, in particular, his love for football and his interest in mental health. The artist has described himself as being on the autism spectrum, which influences his work, and also makes him work harder to get understood sometimes. But there are a lot of unique ideas that can be linked to this aspect of his identity. Spectrum Baby reflects this from the title, and the project explores different ideas and topics linked to mental health.

However, Mad Prophet also works to create unique comedic and fun lyrics that make his album a breeze to listen to. He is able to talk about different things through his music without missing a beat. Many of his lyrics have a deeper meaning that might not be quite as obvious on the first listen but can be discovered later on. Taking the time to understand can help the listener have an amazing experience.


Spectrum Baby and other projects from Mad Prophet are sure to find a lot of support among fans of rap who want to explore the work of artists that are developing their projects independently and are making something distinctive, varied, and original. He has a solid delivery, a strong sense of lyrics, and a lot of fascinating ideas and themes that are considered in each track.

Discover the work of Mad Prophet to find a unique artist with a strong individual voice who talks about fascinating things in his songs. The music offers a distinctive sound and themes that are not as common for many other rap artists. Football fans can find something special to enjoy here in particular. 

Make sure to stay tuned for new releases and check out Mad Prophet’s catalog of existing tracks. This is music that is sure to interest those looking for fresh voices in rap music and explore topics such as comedy, mental health, and football, and sometimes, all these together.


We had the pleasure of interviewing Mad Prophet. Here are the excerpts from the interview. 

Hi, Great to have you with us today! Please share with our readers about yourself.

Hi, I’m a rapper, producer, and football coach from the Chicagoland area! I’m a trained football scout & I’m working towards becoming a college football coach or an NFL scout! I make music in my spare time & have released my newest project, “Spectrum Baby” on June 2nd! 


Please tell us more about your journey.

I’ve been rapping for fun ever since I was in middle school & towards the end of high school; I started writing my own songs. People liked my storytelling ability & respected how I wasn’t afraid to tackle important issues in my songs, so it became a regular hobby of mine & eventually a side hustle. Although I come from an upper-middle class background, I still had problems of my own since I was a kid. My town was a white, conservative suburb & as a Muslim in the post-9/11 world, I got picked on & disregarded by my peers. I was diagnosed with Autism/Asperger’s & ADHD after high school & that led me to change my mission statement as an artist. Ever since then, I started to rap about mental health related topics to spread awareness on issues most people never knew existed. 

Please share with our readers about your album, Spectrum Baby.

My album “Spectrum Baby” is where I dive deeper into the issues I face as a man on the Autism spectrum. My first tape, “Mental Process” discussed themes of depression & hopelessness based on my college experiences. Now that I’ve gotten to know myself better through research & therapy, I decided to make an album about how I navigate life with Autism/Asperger’s syndrome. It’s a widely misunderstood condition that most people believe only affects children, hence the title & visuals of the album. However, the album is about how people with Autism struggle to be accepted as adults by their Neurotypical peers. People talk a lot about “mental health matters,” but when someone in their life is suffering from such issues, they’re often left hanging & feeling hopeless. The album’s lead single, “High Function” was a bouncy preview of some of the issues I typically go through that have become part of my daily routine. I don’t let my limits stop me from becoming the best version of myself I can be. The album’s original outro, “Pain II”(a sequel to “Pain” off “Mental Process”) summarizes the album’s themes, but I couldn’t release it on streaming services due to a sample that wasn’t cleared by the producer. I released it last week on my SoundCloud & it’s arguably the deepest song I’ve written to this point.

What are the strategies that helped you become successful in your journey? 

I haven’t found much success in my journey as an artist, but the best thing I have going for me is probably my lyricism. I put a lot of time & effort into my songwriting, which has a tendency to burn me out from time to time. Furthermore, I try to outperform myself with every new track, whether it’s through trying new flows, clever wordplay & punchlines, using different vocal effects & melodies, or experimenting with different instruments in the production phase. 

Any message for our readers?

The most important thing I can tell the readers is not to take/judge everything at face value. I double as a high school football coach, so when players or parents hear one of their coaches is a Soundcloud rapper, they almost always get the wrong idea. I’m really just a 23-year-old who has often been misunderstood due to the unawareness of a communication disorder. My music is my therapy & it’s the only way I feel comfortable expressing myself. Any time I’m asked to explain in another way, it’s either misinterpreted or someone is trying to regulate what I’m trying to say. What I’m trying to say is there’s more to every person than what meets your eye. It’s so easy to do so in the social media age & people are making assumptions quicker than ever because they’re so focused on gaining clout overnight. Just don’t be so quick to judge others or write/cut them off because you never know what they’re truly experiencing. In my case – along with many others – it’s the stuff you can’t see. And also, don’t judge what you don’t fully understand or criticize people for stuff they can’t control. That’s just plain ignorant. 

Fantastic! So tell us, how can people find out more about you? 

I’m very active on social media & I’m always willing to make new friends! Following me & engaging with me on Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud, or even e-mail is probably the best way to do so. I’m pretty open with my personal life & although that ruffles a few feathers every now & then, it’s my most comfortable method of communication. People on the spectrum often struggle with communication & I’m grateful to be part of the 70% that can verbally communicate. 


Thank you so much for giving us your precious time! We wish you all the best for your journey ahead!


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