Stik Figa

Stik Figa

 Topeka, Kansas, USA
BandHip HopPunk

Stik Figa is an atypical MC from the state capital of Kansas, Topeka. Displaying virtuosity over every instrumental, while delivering lyrics dripping in humor, intellect and introspection. But never missing a beat, and giving the listener music they can relate to, but mostly, be entertained by.


"From a dead city in a fly-over state, got the landlocked blues, really trying to escape..."--From the Top by Stik Figa

An artist locale is something of great importance in the genre of hip-hop. It gives a point of reference to the listener, and a certain perspective of the artist. While east coast MC's create vivid narratives of city life, over headphone ready production, likely, more effective while shuttling through the metro in subway cars, many west coast artist paint pictures of good weather, cruising in old school American made cars to laid back grooves with gang violence as the backdrop. But what does an artist do if they're from somewhere in the middle?

Meet Stik Figa, an atypical MC from America's heartland (Topeka, KS) who converges many styles with his brand of down to earth humor and commentary, while still display virtuosity on every instrumental he comes across. Born John Westbrook, Jr. in Fort Campbell, KY, the emcee's earliest hip-hop memory begins with LL Cool J's performance of "Radio" on the seminal film Krush Groove at the age five. That seed would blossom years later in John's adolescence when his family settled in the Oldtown neighborhood of Topeka, KS where he met his childhood friend Tiwanne Wiley. Tiwanne would create dubbed cassette tapes with everything from E-40 and the Clique to GZA of The WU-Tang Clan, and he was hooked.

Writing his first rhymes in high school, entering multiple talent shows and battles before he began cutting his teeth in the music scenes of neighborhood cities of Lawrence and Kansas City, later collaborating with DJ/producer D/Will on a series of online releases that have been featured throughout the blogosphere, including, XXL 2dopeboyz and Mass Appeal.

Stik has shared the stage with Blackalicious, Talib Kweli, Blu, Phat Kat, El da Sensai, Slaughterhouse, Cool Kids, Das Racist, Rick Ross, and a host of others. Even earning the emcee three consecutive years winning "Best Hip-Hop/Rap" artist from Kansas City lifestyle magazine The Pitch Weekly.

Soon enough, he was discovered by Brooklyn-based production auteur Amir Mohammed, professionally known as Oddisee, and has been featured on several of his projects including Odd Winter and Mental Liberation. Most recently releasing the star-studded EP "Central Standard Time" featuring Elzhi, Homeboy Sandman, and Quelle Chris. Along with production from Nottz, Black Milk, and Apollo Brown.


Stik Figa as Himself (Mello Music Group; 2012)