Substantial (rapper)

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Birth name Stanley Robinson
Also known as Stan Robinson, SubStan, Subtracktion
Born (1979-01-07) 7 January 1979 (age 35)
Cheverly, Maryland
Genres Rap, Hip-Hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2000 – present
Labels Hyde Out Productions, QN5 Music, Mello Music Group
Associated acts Bop Alloy, CunninLynguists, Extended Famm, FANOMM, L Universe, Nujabes, Oddisee, PackFM, Tonedeff

Stanley Robinson[1] (born January 7, 1979) known as Substantial is a hip-hop artist from Prince George's County, Maryland. He now operates out of Virginia.[citation needed]

His videos have appeared on MTV, BET, and VH1, while his music has made it to the second round of Grammy voting in three categories. The renowned car company Bentley reached out to have Substantial’s supergroup, FANOMM (with Chew Fu & J-Cast) to create a song for them and perform in China at their car show.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Stanley Robinson was born in Cheverly, Maryland on January 7, 1979. Growing up the first concert he attended was Run DMC featuring Naughty By Nature, and Lords of the Underground.[citation needed]

Substantial has stated that some of his main influences are Native Tongues, Outkast, and Redman.[2]

In May 2011 Substantial underwent a preventative surgery to remove a potentially cancerous growth from his large and small intestines. Discussing the surgery Substantial said, “The purpose of the procedure I had on May 10th was to remove the section of my large and small intestines, where the growth was located. As I mentioned before, I don’t have cancer but I have decided to do the […] surgery as a preventive measure.”[citation needed]


Substantial gained prominence after collaborating with Japanese Hip-Hop producer, Nujabes (Jun Seba) and signing to his record label Hyde Out Productions. Substantial's 2001 debut album, To This Union A Sun Was Born was a result of this collaboration. The album was a top-10 hit in Japan,[3] and he continued to work with Seba until his death in a car accident in 2010.[4][5][6]

January 2008 he released his 2nd studio album Sacrifice, which was the #1 in sales on website[7] In February 2008 Substantial was a featured artist on both iTunes and Myspace. Substantial was featured in the Rap/R&B monthly Black Beat Magazine in March 2008 in a full-page feature.[citation needed]

Later in 2008 Substantial's video for his single It's You (I Think) received the "Winning Freshman Video" award from MTV.[8] The video was posted on the MTV website, as was the following interview with Substantial.

In April 2013, while recovering from cancer, Substantial produced and released the album titled Jackin' Jill as a tribute to singer Jill Scott. It is composed of 17 tracks built by from various Jill Scott songs. Being a free download, the collection of reworks and remixes of her work was blended by DJ Jav, while the artwork drawn by Substantial himself.[9][10][11]

Although Substantial was originally with Hydeout Productions, he now records as a member of the company QN5 Music. He is also a close affiliate of Mello Music Group, by way of his working relation with music producer Oddisee.[12][13][14]



  • To This Union A Sun Was Born (2001)
  • Sacrifice (2008)
  • Home Is Where the Art Is" (2012)



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