Friday, July 30, 2010

Hittin the blogs

"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…"
- gurn

"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."
- alexchristou

hit the links for more. PEACE to John Simon Daily, gurn, and Alex Christou

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

YRB TV x F. Stokes

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.

YRB TV x F. Stokes

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

F. Stokes featured BREAK'N THROUGH

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

He’s on his way people…the tide is high and Stokes is riding the wave.
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.


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