Stezo

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Steve Williams, known by his stage name Stezo, is an American rapper and producer from New Haven, Connecticut.[1] He is the cousin of fellow New Haven rapper Dooley-O.

Career[edit]

Stezo first appeared on the hip-hop scene as a dancer for the group EPMD. He appeared in the video for EPMD's single "You Gots to Chill" from their 1988 album Strictly Business. After this experience Stezo sought a career as a hip-hop artist on his own.

In 1989, Stezo signed a record deal with Sleeping Bag Records and released his debut album Crazy Noise. Stezo handled all rapping and production on the album. It was fairly successful commercially, charting at #37 on the Billboard R&B albums chart,[2] and received praise for its very funky production and on-point rapping. The album's two singles both charted on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hip Chart.

Despite the success of his debut album, Stezo didn't release more music for five years. In 1994, he released the single "Bop Ya Headz"/"Shining Star". Then in 1997, he released his follow-up album Where's the Funk At. The album received little attention and did not chart. In 2005, Stezo released a third album, C.T. (The Lost State), paying homage to his home state of Connecticut.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Crazy Noise (1989) #37 Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[3]
  • Where's the Funk At (1997)
  • C.T. (The Lost State) (2005)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop
1989 "It's My Turn" 57
"Freak The Funk" 85
1994 "Bop Ya Headz" -
1996 "Where's The Funk At" -
"Time Ta Blow Ya Mine" -
1997 "Mr S." -
2004 "Piece Of The Pie" -

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