Opening the door for Staten Island Hip-Hop, Fantom of the Beat, born Carlos Evans, began his music career as Haas G, part of the hip-hop duo UMC’s. In the early 90’s UMC’s won acclaim for their first single “Blue Cheese.” Soon after, the second single, “One to Grow On” became Billboard’s #1 Rap Song. Fantom created songs on both UMC’s albums “Fruits of Nature” and “Unleashed.” Music, according to Fantom is the universal language. He credits a lifetime of exposure to a variety of genres to his success as a producer.
His production credits, through Fantom of the Beat, span many artists in the hip-hop world including Sadat X, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, and Ms. Toi. He’s worked with some of the world’s most respected labels such as Def Jam Records, Aftermath Records, Koch Entertainment, Epic Records, and Universal Records.
He produced Ghostface Killah’s “Apollo Kids” from the “Supreme Clientele” album. This song helped turn Ghostface Killah’s solo career around, with critics calling it his “street credible resurrection song.”In addition, he composed “Take it Off” for Busta Rhymes on the “Extinction Level Event: The Final World Front” album which is widely considered Busta’s best effort for its sequencing and quality material. Fantom’s credentials also include “Magic Stick” which he produced for Lil’ Kim and 50 Cent. This track was one of the most played songs in crossover urban markets and reached the #2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Magic Stick” was featured in the (2005) movie, King’s Ransom, and is on the soundtrack for Now You See Me 2, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Morgan Freeman.
Fantom continues to stretch his production talents, to include his trademark style combining elements of the late 60’s and 70’s, creating the sounds which represent the struggle and the voice of the inner city. He takes his life experiences and applies them to music —creating sounds that, in essence, are capable ofmoving people to take action.“Music is my life; it’s how I express my fears, my sadness and happiness, my everything.My music is raw emotion,” Fantom says. “The passion I feel for music shines through in everything I create.