Jacob "Jake" Anderson, better known by his stage name Prof, is an American rapper based in Minneapolis. He released his first album in 2007 and has released two more and three EPs since. He co-owns Stophouse Music Group and signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment in late 2013. City Pages named him Minnesota's 19th best rapper; his music has also been described as "rap at its worst".
Jacob "Jake" Anderson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up in the city's Powderhorn neighborhood. His mother, Colleen, had a rocky relationship with his father whom she would later divorce and move away from, taking Anderson's three older sisters with her. In his teenage years, he developed a "comedic, dirty-mouthed rap persona" he named Gampo after a childhood friend. Anderson graduated from South High School in 2002.
In 2000, Prof was part of the Welcome to Minnesota tour. Later, during the mid-2000s, he would regularly rap at the Dinkytowner bar, performing a "drunk show" with partner Rahzwell which meant beginning the performance only after the two artists had drunk all the alcohol passed to them by the audience and Rahzwell had thrown up. It was at one such show that Prof met his manager, Mike Campbell. The two would later be co-owners, along with Dillon Parker, of the Stophouse Music Group, a record label that owns and manages Northeast Minneapolis's Stophouse Studios.
Prof has been noted as one of the few Minneapolis rap acts, along with Doomtree and several Rhymesayers artists, who are capable of selling out Minneapolis's First Avenue Mainroom and the only to do so in recent years without the backing of Minnesota Public Radio station 89.3 The Current.
In May 2013, Busta Rhymes failed to show up at the Soundset Music Festival; Prof substituted for him with an hour's notice.
On December 3, 2013, Prof signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment. The announcement video featured Slug from Atmosphere and coincided with the release of a single called "The Reply". The Star Tribune reported on the occasion that he would release another album in 2014.
The staff of City Pages named Prof Minnesota's 19th best rapper in 2012, citing his musical dexterity, "his impressive singing voice", and his ability to engage and make audiences laugh. Conversely, a writer for the Twin Cities Daily Planet asserted that his 2011 album King Gampo was "asinine, narcissistic self-indulgence run completely riot, without a shred of redeeming artistry" and "rap at its worst".