5 Questions With Stanza

I  recently had the opportunity to ask rising ATL rapper Stanza a few questions about a few topics ranging from music to comics to books. You’ve seen him several times ripping the stage on BET‘s 106 & Park and I’m sure you’ll probably be hearing his name a lot more soon. Get to know him now.

Aaron the Artist: Where did the name “Stanza” come from? Who or What inspired you? Stanza: The name Stanza came out of my studies about poetry.  As you probably already know Stanza by definition is a unit within a larger poem.  To see things as I the Unit does, my larger poem would be the world. A Stanza within a larger poem. That’s how I came up with the name.

A: A-town Love has been receiving a lot of love lately. How did it feel to perform that song on 106 & Park and then win on Wild Out Wednesday? S: That song will always be a great one to me. It was well received then and it’s still receiving love to this day. Performing it on 106 in front of a crowd composed of young kids from somewhere in New York of all places, singing a song about my city (ATLANTA) none the less; it was a crazy, rewarding, and a scary experience all wrapped in one.  But I loved it!

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One of the ATL's finest rappers, Stanza...

A: You’re stuck on an island…if you could have 1)book 1)movie and 1)person to take w/ u, what and who would you take? S: Hmmm…. on an Island let me see. Ok the book would definitely have to be “The Book of the Five Rings” by Miyamoto Musashi.The book of the Five Rings is a book of Strategy. I gravitated to it when I was into playing chess and its one that I’ve been reading from time to time ever since.  Hell, if it didn’t prove useful for reading on that island, it’ll be great fuel for a fire. LOL. The Movie would be “Gladiator” starring Russell Crowe. I can watch that over and over again.  And the person I’d take with me if it were possible would be God in whatever form he or she may be. I have so many questions for “it”.

A: If you were an X-Men, which character would you be and why?

S:I’d probably be Jean Gray or Professor X. No reason being anyone else. If I control your mind, it’s pretty much a wrap.

A: If you could do a dream collaboration with any other artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
S:My dream collaboration would be with Outkast. The reason is just their ability to recreate sound and lyrics. Just when you think you’ve heard it all, they come out with something totally different. I think they were the first Hip-Hop artists to master reinvention.
If you haven’t already, go download Stanza’s latest mixtape, Searching for Bobby Fischer.
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