Elijah Daniel Is a ‘Douchebag Who Doesn’t Care’: Meet the Internet Troll Turned Legitimate Musician


He began in comedy, however Elijah Daniel’s artistic power is rooted in music. “When I used to be 15 years previous my mother and father received me a laptop computer and I instantly downloaded FL Studio and began making rap beats,” Daniel shares. “I began producing for Christian rappers, which developed right into a secret producing mission that I hid from my mother and father.” In lower than a 12 months, Daniel claims he created music for business artists like Soulja Boy and Busta Rhymes. “The songs by no means got here out,” he admits. “But at 16 years previous, that was the good shit to me.”

Not lengthy after, Daniel put music on maintain to look after his grandmother, who had grow to be ailing. Around this time, he started engaged on comedy to occupy himself, posting his works on Twitter and Vine. He additionally printed an Amazon best-selling novel a few homosexual sexual tryst between a younger bellhop and the president titled, Trump Temptations: The Billionaire & The Bellboy, rife with cringeworthy passages like, “His attractive ass flapped behind him like a mouthwatering stack of pancakes in his pants."

“It’s eleven pages and took me perhaps six hours to jot down,” Daniel shares, nonetheless astounded. “Everything I do proves that anybody can do something.” This obsequious philosophy has served him nicely. In addition to the novel, Daniel and then-friend Christine Sydelko created a profitable YouTube channel that amassed 600,000 subscribers. A fast search reveals Daniel nonetheless posts the occasional vlog, however it’s secure to say he has undoubtedly left most of his YouTube profession up to now. “I solely did YouTube full-time for a few 12 months,” he says. “I by no means actually described myself as a YouTuber.” (It is unmistakably clear that Elijah Daniel is over – and never too eager to speak about – his historical past as a YouTuber.)

After his departure from the video-sharing web site in addition to his (questionably amicable) cut up with Sydelko, “LIL PHAG”, Daniel’s rap persona, was born. Scandalous identify, proper? Daniel is all about inciting a response or response. “I needed shock worth and to reclaim the phrase,” he says. “I used to be known as faggot so much in my life. Why not flip it into income?”

In July 2018, Daniel launched his debut album, God Hates LIL PHAG. The album took six months to complete. “We had virtually all of the songs and demos carried out inside a few month, however getting options completed and locked down took some time.” The comedic rap album has 13 tracks (together with: “Four Loko,” “Clout 9” and “Iced Out Dick”) and a mélange of artists like cupcakKe, Bella Thorne and Dr. Woke, the latter of whom Daniel lately received engaged to (the proposal is on YouTube). The two met on Grindr and Dr. Woke (née Sam Fishman, also referred to as Sam F.) was a producer, so the 2 immediately hit it off.

Lil Phag, the rapper, is “at the moment on hiatus” as Daniel places his lewder musical inclinations behind him. He is at the moment collaborating with Fishman as musical duo, Adam&Steve, which Daniel jokingly describes as The Gay Chainsmokers. “The vibe we’re going for is pop music you’d need to blast on the freeway together with your home windows down,” he explains. “We needed to make a mission the place we may work with any artists we would like throughout style and make an ideal tune, however nonetheless maintain our sound.” He admits the artistic course of hasn’t modified a lot from Lil Phag’s. “It’s largely simply altering the mindset from, ‘I fucked your dad,’ to one thing you possibly can hearken to together with your mother.”

The duo’s newest tune, “Wherever You Are,” was launched on Feb. eight and located itself on over 20 of Spotify’s international New Music Friday playlists (together with the U.S.). It noticed related help from Apple Music, the place it was featured on editorial playlists in over 50 nations. “FUCK A LABEL WE TAKIN OVER,” Daniel tweeted, basking within the help from the streaming providers.

Being an outspoken queer rapper is essential to Daniel, who selected to take a comedic method to his music accompanied by different acknowledged rappers to assist normalize the oft-overlooked style. “Having loopy lyrics about blowing everybody’s dad may opens up doorways for different artists who’re making extra real queer music,” he shares. “I really feel like being probably the most outrageous model of myself will help youngsters really feel extra comfy being their regular selves.”

His sound started as extra of a joke, however after touring, Daniel witnessed how youthful youngsters had been affected by his music. “It was truly heartwarming,” he says. “As ridiculous because it sounds, lyrics about sucking dick had been truly serving to folks be extra comfy being open about themselves.”

Since his star started to rise, Daniel has grow to be one thing of an activist for the LGBTQ group. One of his extra standard stunts being the time he paid $100 to be mayor of Hell, Michigan, and outlawed heterosexuality utilizing reduce and paste copy from Trump’s Muslim ban. Daniel can also be recognized to trigger a stir on-line, significantly on Twitter.

“Everyone thinks it’s for self-promotion, however I’m actually only a douchebag who doesn’t care,” Daniel laughs. “Ninety-nine p.c of every thing I say is a joke. I simply discover beef enjoyable. I’m blocked by everybody from Donald Trump to Kim Kardashian. It’s form of a passion. Instead of Pokémon playing cards I accumulate Twitter blocks from dumbasses.”

Daniel wasn’t all the time so assured in his queer identification. “My dad is a pastor and I’ve eight siblings, so I undoubtedly had an attention-grabbing upbringing. I didn’t come out till I used to be about 20.” Fortunately, his mother and father had been accepting. “I spent 20 years considering I’d be shunned from the household.”

Now 25 and dwelling in Los Angeles, Daniel is extra assured than ever in his pores and skin. “I used to be closeted after I first received into comedy, and after I got here out I by no means needed to be that ‘homosexual comic,’” he says. “It wasn’t till I actually began taking to followers and listening to their tales and every thing they’ve gone via earlier than I spotted how essential it’s to be loud and be a voice for individuals who can’t be loud.”