Afflatus is an up and coming hip hop artist from Queens, NY. He got into hip hop at the age of 13 and started listening to pop/rap and mainstream hip hop. He was heavily influenced by mainstream artists at that time and decided to start writing raps himself. Afflatus wrote his first rap at the age of 13. After afflatus gained some experience in terms of writing and listening, he started listening to Kendrick Lamar who he was immediately influenced by. Listening to Kendrick inspired him to address social issues in his music. He later started listening to J cole and got the knack for telling stories throughout his raps. Afflatus thinks of his style as a smooth mix between Kendrick Lamar and J Cole. Afflatus started taking rap seriously in mid 2015 when he realized his passion for the art form. As he was starting to take rap seriously, he began working on his first all original project titled '15 Years'. He started working on the project in mid June and finished the process in July 21st. He produced 3/4 of the tracks on the mixtape and worked on lyrics continuously throughout that time period. The original release date for the LP was August 3, 2015 since it was his bitrhday and it fit perfectly with the concept of the album. However, he released the project on July 29th via Bandcamp and datpiff. Although Afflatus is influenced by other hip hop artists, he really came into his own on '15 Years'. He developed an original style and hopes to continue that. Many people found Afflatus's flow interesting and thought it was different from anything else they've heard and liked the originality. Being original is something that Afflatus prides himself on. The project 15 Years was successful for the most part and gained positive reviews. Afflatus released his first track 'U.O.N.E.O' since the release of his album on september 23rd along with his first official music video.