Born on the South Side of Chicago, Rodney “F. Stokes” Lucas was raised in the extreme conditions familiar to the millions of American’s who have experience with America’s urban ghettoes. F.Stokes, the eldest of six siblings, grew up in a single-mother household. In F.Stokes case, the term “household” is a misnomer, as his childhood was characterized by frequent address changes, and a stint at a homeless shelter.
F.Stokes music depicts the stark and brutal realities of the impoverished urban experience. However, F.Stokes chooses not to glamorize the circumstances of his upbringing. Rather than capitalizing on the misconceptions of the modern black experience that have begun to dominate the hip-hop landscape, F.Stokes provides thoughtful insight into the plight of black men in our nation’s largest cities.
Through vivid imagery and skillful wordplay F.Stokes reinterpret the thematic traditions of the soul and blues movements for a new generation of music fans. Beneath F.Stokes undeniable talent as a lyricist, he is driven by a deep sense of responsibility to promote progress and compassion with his music.
Performing throughout the States and globally, F.Stokes has shared the stage with the likes of Ghostface Killah, The Cool Kids, Fashawn, Camp Lo, P.O.S., Doomtree, Toki Wright, Nice and Smooth, Twista and a stable of other domestic and internationally known artist.
F.Stokes has also held marketing and promotional positions at G-Unit Records - where he worked closely with rap icon 50 Cent on branding and creative promotions for the highly acclaimed album Before I Self Destruct - as well as working with Def Jam Records where he contributed to the international marketing format of Jay- Z’s Black Album.