It has been an exciting and exhilarating year for hip-hop and spoken word artist F.Stokes.
The unique and ubiquitous MC released a new EP ‘Love, Always.’, which features the hit single “My Simple.” He has toured the United States and Europe. He’s performed with Erykah Badu, Matt And Kim, Rev Run, Doomtree, Ledisi, Talib Kweli, MC Hammer and Slick Rick. This summer he will be performing with NAS, Black Star, DMX, Redman and Big Daddy Kane. F.Stokes is featured on UK band Bastille’s (Virgin/EMI) mixtape ‘Other People’s Heartache’ and is currently recording a new project in the UK with Dan Smith (Bastille) and producer Mark Crew. This summer he will be performing at the Essence Music Festival, the Metropolis Festival in the Netherlands and the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Born on the south side of Chicago to a single mother household. At the age of 12, he and his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin – the city he grew to love and consider his hometown. In Madison, he lived in a one-room shelter with his mother and five siblings. Through his childhood and teenage years, F. began to create music, which would eventually become his ticket out of Madison and to the rest of the world. His poetry and music evolved simultaneously and became his escape, his place of solace. Of his music, Stokes says, “From the moment I was old enough to write it became my best friend.”
At 19, F.Stokes made the move to New York with $30 in his pocket to pursue his dream and continue creating. He did anything he could to stay afloat in New York – worked as a bathroom attendant, waiter, busboy, dish washer, food runner, bar back, and doorman. Reflecting on his past and present, he continues to write. The negative (his father’s life prison sentence, childhood poverty, drug sales, guns) and the positive (the strong bond with his mother, his belief that we all have the ability to save someone’s life, and his motto “aspire to inspire”) fuel his art.
Today, F.Stokes is bringing his blend of hip-hop and poetry across the globe. His stage presence is simply captivating; attracting and engaging crowds of all demographics and backgrounds, by mixing provocatively cutting edge lyrics, with superb stage-presence and engaging his audience. Internationally, F. has make stops in France, England, Amsterdam, Berlin, Austria, Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland and Australia. In the United States F.Stokes has played venues such as Club Nokia (LA), Chene Park (MI), Bowery Ballroom (NYC), Gramercy Theatre (NYC), Union Transfer (Philadelphia, PA), The Middle East (Boston, MA) and packs The Majestic Theater in his hometown Madison, WI. He feels truly blessed to have made a stop in nearly every state.
Stokes lets his experiences shape him, but they do not define him. He uses these experiences to create his art, to reach out to others, to grow. He possesses unparalleled passion and drive to keep pursuing his art. F.Stokes has a long list of musical influences ranging from Patti Smith to Kanye West, but none of these influences shape his music as much as his own life’s journey. - universalattractions.com