Actor turned music producer and artist, Revelation 13:18, is steady on the path of showing not just the music industry, but the world knowledge of self.
Growing up in Louisville, KY’s westend home of Cassuis Clay (Muhammad Ali) Revelation moved to Los Angeles’s south central overhills and slauson area where he started out as an actor, working on music video sets. He was inspired to create music thanks to people from his home state like KY Engineering from Lexington, KY who engineered for Lil Wayne, Static Major and R. Prophet (Nappy Roots) Revelation aspired to be an engineer but started out as a sample based producer, using resources like the site hiphopisread.com and the Kevin Nottingham Music blog to study the art of beat making.
His music is further influenced by artists like Jay Z, Nas, Tupac, Notorious BIG, Master P and the 5 Percenter Culture. Revelation refers to himself as a new age, conscious rapper. He has a mission with his music to spread conscious enlightenment to the inner city communities through the knowledge of self.
On March 11 , 2014 Revelation released Wave feat. J Dilla with world famous record producer J Dilla. The track was originally on J. Dilla’s album “Donuts”, the last album J Dilla released during his life, the instrumental “Donuts,” was released Tuesday, February 7, 2006, three days prior to his death.
Four months after the release July 17, 2014 the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture announced the donation of significant artifacts from the family of award winning, hip-hop artist and producer, James “J Dilla” Yancey. The J. Dilla collection was donated by Dilla’s mother, Maureen Yancey.
In 2014 Revelation produced Old School featuring the late, world famous graffiti writer turned painter, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Revelation also a graphic designer was influenced by Jean-Michel Basquiat because he touched on different topics in his paintings from racism to politics. Basquiat used social commentary in his paintings to create a conversation that will last for ages. Which is the message Revelation is trying to convey in his music.
This song (Old School feat. Jean-Michel Basquiat and his Revelation 13:18 x Basquiat brand) would go on to inspire a musical based on the life of Basquiat. The musical will be the focal point of a new Broadway bound show composed by Jon Batiste, band leader and musical director of CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The project was recently announced by producers Alan D. Marks and Barbara Marks, with Tony winner John Doyle set to direct.
Revelation also gained attention from Jay Z for his love of Basquiat and his inspiration. Jay Z even dressed up as Basquiat for halloween the same year of the release giving Revelation a nod.
Revelation is a student of the 5 percenter ideology which his pseudonym is based on. As a student of the 5 percenter teachings in supreme mathematics his name is significant. Supreme Mathematics is a variety of numerology specific to the theology and philosophy of the 5 percenters. Revelation is the revealing or disclosing of some form of truth or knowledge through communication with a deity or other supernatural entity or entities.
So therefore it makes sense that, through the teachings of the 5 percenter Revelation through knowledge of self realized he was a God. Revelation 13:18 has stirred up controversy with his alias, because in scripture Revelation 13:18 speaks to the idea of the Mark of The Beast or the Antichrist. In the bible, Revelation 13:18 states “This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man.
That number is 666”. 666 is significant in Supreme Mathematics because 666 is 6+6+6 =18, 1+8= 9 and the number 9 in Supreme Mathematics meaning is to be Born, which is the completion of all things in existence.
All things must come from the knowledge to be born to the cipher. To be born to knowledge of self is to be – born to the reality of one’s self. Knowledge Black man plus wisdom Black woman equal born understanding Black child which is complete within the cipher. Revelation 13:18 comes from the same principles and tenants as Jay-Z, Nas, Rakim, RZA and other hip hop legends indoctrinated in the 5 percenter ideology. Founder of Knowledge + Wisdom = Understanding Inc. Revelation’s music is a tribute to the culture.
Phyllis Reddon is a general assignment reporter at Rise Media. She has covered sports, entertainment and many other beats in her journalism career, and has lived in New York for more than 6 years. Phyllis has appeared periodically on national television shows and has been published in (among others) Yahoo News,, Politico, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Wired.com, Vice and Salon.com.