Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
"You see. A F.Stokes set is more than hip-hop, but a blend of showmanship and realism interwoven with a passion and comfort few attain on stage. Showmanship in the sense he works the crowd with his innate sense of how we’re feeling, where we want to go, and exactly how he’ll take us there." - Mezzic
For a full report of the show and great pictures head to Mezzic
props to John Brunner for the dope photos
Saturday, October 23, 2010
"Captivate the crowd. Capture their hearts but free their bodies. Challenge their ears, their minds; make their souls clap."
"Stokes’ recordings hint at his dynamism in concert, but they couldn’t ever prepare you fully for the amount of charisma he exudes."
"He’s on the rise, about to embark on a tour with Mac Lethal. Keep an eye out for Stokes in a city near you. You’ll be glad you did."
check the full piece here
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
KEEP IT IRISH TOUR
w/ F. Stokes
11/3 Aces Lounge - Austin, TX
11/4 The Meridian - Houston, TX
11/5 Andy's - Denton, TX
11/6 Jake's Sports Cafe - Lubbock, TX
11/7 Warehouse 508 - Albuquerque, NM
11/8 910 Live - Phoenix, AZ
11/10 Kava Lounge - San Diego, CA
11/11 72 North - Pasadena, CA
11/12 Half Moon Bay (bay area) - TBA
11/13 Roxy's Vets Club - Mount Shasta, CA
11/14 Dante's - Portland, OR
11/16 Nectar - Seattle, WA
11/17 Reef - Boise, ID
11/18 Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT
11/18 Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
11/19 Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
11/20 Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
11/22 Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
11/24 The Aquarium - Fargo, ND
Sioux Fall, ND - TBA
11/26 Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
11/27 Chesterfield - Sioux City, IA
11/29 Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
11/30 Blue Moose Tap House - Iowa City, IA
12/1 Warehouse - La Crosse, WI
12/2 What's Up Lounge - Mankato, MN
12/3 The Rex - Duluth, MN
12/4 Fine Line - Minneapolis, MN
12/6 Reptile Lounge - Oshkosh, WI
12/7 Mad Planet - Milwaukee, WI
12/8 Madison, WI - TBA
12/9 Abbey Pub - Chicago, IL
12/10 Rhino's - Bloomington, IN
12/11 Columbus, OH - TBA
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Stokes will be at the Majestic in Madison WI on oct 15th. Also performing are Ice Mantis, Stink Tank, and JDante, PLUS DJ Vinnie Toma & DJ Radish
"From the first moment F.Stokes opened his mouth I was captivated, and as I stood in front of him as he dripped sweat and spat lyrics, I couldn't help but draw the comparison with a baptism by this prophet of positivity." - Natalie S Dane 101
Also, interview with AV Club and Mezzic
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
"Last Wednesday, JSD got a chance to catch up with F.Stokes before he took the stage at the Break’N Through concert series benefiting VH1’s Save the Music Foundation at the Red Bull Space. Stokes was one of the top five unsigned artists chosen to be featured in Season Two of the series in front of a live audience. He found it humbling to support an organization that restores instrumental music education in America’s public schools as music was one of the entities that has saved his own life.
Rodney Lucas or better known to hip hop fans as F Dot Stokes, is on the cusp of something big. Stokes has already penned an album, shared the stage with the likes of Ghostface Killah and Twista and has been on several tours. It’s been an incredible journey as he has seen far more in his 28 years than most of us ever have to fathom in a lifetime. Born on the South Side of Chicago, he grew up in a single-mother household becoming a father figure at a young age to his five brothers and sisters after their father was sentenced to life in jail for murder. Stokes lived the harsh reality of poverty and was at one point homeless and had sold drugs.Stokes was able to find solace in music and laid the foundation for his hip hop career in Madison, Wisconsin. He built a steady cult following by performing wherever he could. Later he moved to New York with next to nothing, worked menial jobs, eventually finding his way into the music industry by working with G-Unit and Def Jam.
In 2009, he released his first album, Death of a Handsome Bride, in collaboration with Lazerbeak who he credits for pulling him back from the brink and for restoring his love for music. To say that the album packs a punch would be an understatement. He’s raw and he’s real as he gives each word its due. Stokes has a sense of self, knows where he’s been and where he’s going. With so much sensationalism that now plagues hip hop, F.Stokes has come to reclaim the genre."- John Simon Daily
"I wish this brother every success and shit I might have only known him for a second but I’m a fan for a lifetime…"
"There are some people that make an impact on you quickly and somehow maintain a degree of longevity in your field of vision. Rodney Lucas, aka F. Stokes, is one such person."
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
A true Unsigned Hype, Stokes has shared the stage with everyone from Ghostface Killah to the Cool Kids to fellow Chicagoan, Twista, hustling CDs after his shows to catch a Greyhound to the next. He sat down with YRB to tell us his story about growing up homeless, the often neglected importance of the live show and opening up for The Clipse overseas.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The cooks have been in the kitchen and dinner is now served.
After months of hardcore international touring, F. Stokes will explode
on stage here in New York July 21st for the BREAK’N THROUGH SEASON 2
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES to benefit VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC FOUNDATION.
He’s on his way people…the tide is high and Stokes is riding the wave.
About BREAK’N THROUGH
The search for the top up-and-coming artists starts July 14th at Red
Bull Space in SoHo. The BREAK’N THROUGH Summer Concert Series
highlights the most talented unsigned artists in the music industry.
Each concert features performances by 5 of the top unsigned artists
and a HEADLINE PERFORMANCE by a major label’s debut artist. These shows
will be filmed in HD as part of a soon to be released reality series.
Sponsored by THE CUTTING ROOM STUDIOS, EMBRACE MEDIA, PORTA DECOR,
BONG VODKA, MOODSWING360, GREENHOUSE NY and PIONEER
For more info e-mail us at: Info@JungleGymMagazine.com