Stryfe Dafantam
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Stryfe Dafantam

Detroit, Michigan, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Detroit, Michigan, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Solo Hip Hop




"Word Is Bond"

"very Ill work from Detroit natives Stryfe and Illingsworth....released a couple days back, " Shells” is taken from the upcoming EP titled Opening Act. Make sure you keep an eye out for these brothers." -

"Indie On 65"

Ok, so first of all I love the beat on this track…and I gotta say that I’m just being introduced to Stryfe, but I like the grittiness that he adds to accompany the production. -

"Smoking Section"

"With brimming confidence, Stryfe takes on the mantle of leading the city out of its funk into better times. " -


"One of the illest emcees that I’ve ever heard…"

-Dub -

"Big Break Mixtape"

Stryfe can definitely command a beat and you can’t help but notice his powerful voice....His song stood out instantly when we heard his submission. -

"Toronto’s best Hip Hop show. Mon’s 11-1AM Flow 93.5FM"

We get a lot of music over here at the Real Freqs, I have to admit theres a ton of stuff that doesn’t make it on the blog much less the show. We tend to be very selective. No offense to any artists but, there has to be standards.

This one has met our approval. Out the D we introduce Stryfe Dafantam. Dude’s been puttin’ in work State-side to Europe buildin’.

- The Real Frequency

"Stryfe Da Fantom takes you on a “Long Walk”"

"Hands down, Stryfe is one of the best out here."

-Tasherre D'Enajetic -

"He Is Stryfe!"

"The mere mention of Stryfe's name amongst Hip-Hop heads everywhere brings about tales not only of his talent, but also praises of his character"

-Moe Nitty - The Michigan Frontpage

"Grizzmine Fan Review"

4.75/5 stars

Detroit Rap City -

"Foley Entertainment"

"Stryfe's lyrics and rapping skills are outstanding, He raps with confidence and has a flow as smooth as butter. This is clearly an artist on the rise."

--- Eugene Foley, Foley Entertainment


Still working on that hot first release.



Stryfes skillful songwriting and imposing mic presence have garnered attention from Billboard, 2DopeBoyz and elite rap talent in his hometown of Detroit. But the trait that has always captured listeners ears is his voice: an authoritative, enunciated instrument that pierces through beats.

People told me, Man, your voice is crazy! It just makes people listen to what you have to say, Stryfe remembers. I noticed how strong of an effect it had on people, so I made sure that when people heard Stryfe, they knew it was Stryfe: be it the flow, the voice, or the lyrics.

Krystyan Anderson moved to Detroit as a child after his father was discharged from the military, and he got exposure to words early, learning how to read before attending school and skipping grades. Still, he witnessed the Motor Citys harsh realities quickly: by age 12, he had already lived among rodents, witnessed murders, and been robbed at gunpoint.

His father and grandmother were both singers, and he began to hone his own rap skills in high school with a rap crew named The ILLiance. He emulated icons like Nas, Ras Kass and Talib Kweli, enjoying the attention from battles in his high school lunchroom. He enrolled at Michigan State University at age 16, and began to find his own sound as he polished his flow while working with area producers.

After releasing his underground debut Great Expectations, he graduated from college and paused from music to balance two jobs: paying bills with a job at a steel mill, and helping friends with a digital magazine. He used the magazines studio to record City of God, a concept album that narrated the story of an artist who died trying to escape his problems.

City of God attracted more attention Stryfes way than ever: the song How We Grew Up earned an honorable mention in the Billboard World Music Awards, and the single Call Me Stryfe was nominated for a Detroit Hip Hop Award. The song Dyin was featured on The Big Break, a mixtape put together by 2DopeBoyz and DatPiff.
The album would also introduce him to indie Detroit rap royalty such as Finale, Invincible and Apollo Brown.
The accolades were nice, but I was still working a regular job, Stryfe laughs. I knew I still had a lot more work to do, but it showed me that I had a chance and was doing my stuff right.

He released The Opening Act EP with Illingsworth in April 2012, and about a year later, he is gearing up for The Last Resorts, the new self-titled album by the duo of Stryfe and Detroit producer Marc Byrd. Resorts pairs Stryfes candor with Byrds scores, which combine classic Detroit knock with live instruments.
Walls Down and Lend Me Your Ear continue the cocky rhymes he flexed in Detroit cafeterias, while How It is and War detail the struggle he and so many other Detroiters endure on a daily basis. Guests such as Rapper Big Pooh, Sene and Mela Machinko join a guest list that also features fellow Detroiters such as Scolla, Miz Korona, and others.

With his solo disc Rare Form, appearances on a project with his new crew Local MU-12, and other records on the way, the music industry should get used to Stryfes voice: it isnt leaving any time soon.

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