Born and raised in the lower east side of Manhattan,NYC as Emmanuel Figueroa. Only child, who grew up on hiphop and picked up rapping at age 13. Influences include past and present artists such as Jay-Z,Lil Wayne, Big L, Notorious B.I.G, Big Pun, Eminem, Kayne West and 2pac. He is entering his Second year at University of Albany and graduated from East Side Community High School. He has performed for KRS-ONE, been on the same bill as Diggy Simmons (Rev Run's Son), Performed along side Analog Fire on their North American Tour and He Released his first mix-tape "The Freshman" in 2009 when he was only 17 years old. This Mix-tape described and conveyed his experiences in his first year in college as well as the process it took to drop his first mix-tape and his struggle to get recognition. E.L.I.T.E also released his mix-tape "The Hangover" on October 31st 2010, which was be Hosted by DJ ILL WILL who has done mix-tapes with Young Money, Lil Wayne etc.. This Mixtape features artist such as singer Brook Penning, rapper Profecy, Bully and much more. E.L.I.T.E is very witty and thoughtful as well as funny, creative and down to earth which is why i think it makes him such a good rapper. He breaths Hip-Hop, He lives Hip-Hop, He is HIP-HOP. New mix-tape "Now or Never" dropping this summer. For Booking, Features, and producers for E.L.I.T.E , please contact BeatsforELITE@gmail.com.