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"Stanza, "A Town Love""

There was a time when Atlanta stood as the voice of reason within Southern hip-hop. Sandwiched between Miami’s booty-shake and Memphis’ penchant for pimping and pandering, our city found a way to reconcile carnality and the quest for higher consciousness. Like Dungeon Family stalwart Goodie Mob did before him, Stanza seems poised to bring up the rear. As his 2006 debut Name This Album proved, he represents the side of the streets seldom heard from nowadays — the street smart side.
— Rodney Carmichael

You know, I heard L.L. Cool J and Run-D.M.C. ’cause it was there. But I was young then, I was trying to go outside and play. But my first introduction to hip-hop was when my cousin had 8Ball & MJG’s Comin’ Out Hard — when they still had the [Jheri] curls on the cover. That’s back when cats were dubbing tapes. A cat had a white dub tape. I think my cousin Monica stole it from my other cousin Ooh Wee. She stole it from him, and I stole it from both of them. But I used to play it once I got a hold of the tape. And I remember sitting in front of the stereo, just looking at the stereo, listening to it. And something about it caught me, I can’t explain to this day what about it actually caught me but that was my introduction to hip-hop.

After that, I started writing poetry. Literature class, English class — you know how you have that little poetry section. It intrigued me. Iambic pentameter is the best thing ever. Cats don’t use it to this day. That’s a jewel; I drop it. As far as poetry, that was a way of getting things across that were going on in my life. As a young cat, I just wrote poetry. I was writing haikus and I didn’t even know what they were. You know, you write a quick sentence, boom, that says everything and you’re done. That’s a haiku.

I was still playing football and I got into selling drugs. It wasn’t a big thing. I wasn’t the big dude on the block, just under the radar doing something I saw. But that was an outlet. Selling dope, it was an outlet. But then I started getting into the music more and I started studying.

I met DJ Teknology in college. He was 16 — a genius. He came to Clayton State and I used to be president of SLAC, a student organization on campus. I saw him outside making beats and said, “Hey, come be a part of SLAC.” Then I saw him in the office making beats. One day he let me listen to this beat. Oh my God! So we got together and Name This Album was born. - Creative Loafing


Single: ATL (A Town Love)
EP: Lyrical Lovers
LP: NTA (Name This Album)

Tracks with streaming and/or radio aiplay: ATL (A Town Love), A Million Dollars and Let It Go



About Stanza

Growing up listening to music ranging from Soul, Gospel, and R&B, it wasn't until hearing Eightball & MJG's "Coming Out Hard" that Stanza would fall in love with hip-hop. While this influence led him to initially try his hand at production, he quickly discovered his talent for writing. Some of his first recordings were as a member of a group, but it wasn't until after going solo and then a chance meeting years later with his future partners that Stanza's music would further evolve.

After releasing his first project “The Mixtape” at the beginning of 2004, Stanza gained some notoriety with his song ‘Find A Way’ which earned him independent radio spins and press coverage. The positive reception prompted him and his partners to form Marquee Rhythms immediately beginning work on his next project, “No. 2”, which was released in late 2004. This second project focused more on original compositions. It subsequently silenced any prior criticisms and further solidified Stanza's reputation as an artist to watch.

After nearly two years of recording, 2006 saw the release of his official debut "Name This Album" which featured no guest appearances and was the subject of praise from artists and fans alike. Fast forward 3 years. Stanza united with the business savy Strong Arm Management to give himself the opportunity to fully focus on his music. As a result of this powerful alliance both his industry presence and fan base have increased due to their strategic online and street campaigns. Continuing to build his buzz with the new single ‘ATL (A Town Love)’ together they are traveling an unwavering path on the road to success.

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