Mike Stud

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Mike Stud
Birth name Michael Francis Seander
Born (1988-10-30) October 30, 1988 (age 28)
Cranston, Rhode Island, United States
Origin Cranston, Rhode Island, US
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer
Years active 2010–present
Labels Electric Feel Music
300 Entertainment[1]
Atlantic Records
Associated acts Huey Mack, Mike Posner, Loggy, Conrad Sewell, Marcus Stroman, Joshua Payner, Hunter Huson, Moosh and Twist
Website Official Website

Michael Francis Seander (born October 30, 1988), known by his stage name Mike Stud, is an American hip hop recording artist. His first musical recognition came with the release of viral single "College Humor", which he recorded on GarageBand as a joke[2] while he was a relief pitcher at Duke University.[3]

Early life[edit]

In 2007, Seander graduated from St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. At 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), he lettered in both baseball and basketball and was named Rhode Island's 2006 Gatorade Player of the Year, earning him an athletic scholarship to Duke University.[4] Seander earned 2nd team all-state honors in basketball after averaging 21 points and 7 rebounds as a senior. He earned an 8-2 record with a 0.72 ERA and 88 strikeouts for the Saints as a junior. In his senior season, he posted a 9-2 record, an ERA of 0.91, and struck out 107 en route to being named both the Gatorade Player of the Year[5] and Louisville Slugger Player of the Year in Rhode Island.[6]

Baseball career[edit]

After graduating, Seander attended Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, to play baseball. He was named the team's closer as a true freshman. Seander saved 9 games in 28 appearances and earned a 1.61 ERA (lowest in Duke baseball history).[7] Those 9 saves were the fifth highest total in school history and was good for fourth best in the ACC that season. At season's end, Seander was named to the Louisville Slugger and Rivals.com Freshman All-American teams. The Rhode Island native also spent a summer in 2007 as the closer for the Newport Gulls in the NECBL.

Seander suffered from arm issues following his sophomore season that would eventually require Tommy John surgery. After missing the entire 2009 season recovering from the surgery, Seander graduated from Duke on the All-ACC Honor Roll with a 3.4 GPA. He decided to use his final year of college eligibility at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He appeared in 9 games as a senior for the Hoyas, striking out 9 in 8.2 innings pitched, and earned a graduate degree in sports management.[8]

Music career[edit]

While recovering from surgery Stud turned to music to pass the time.[3][9]

In December 2010, Stud released a music video for "College Humor."[10] Stud stated that he originally made the track as a joke for his baseball teammates. Since its release, the video has been viewed over 1.9 million times (as of June, 2016). In March, Stud followed up his hit with "In This Life", which featured West Coast rapper Alex Lagemann.

All three hits were featured on Stud's first mixtape -- A Toast To Tommy – which he released in October, 2011.[citation needed] In August, Stud released another mixtape Click as a collaboration with fellow hip-hop artist Huey Mack.[citation needed]

On May 13, 2013, Stud released his debut studio album Relief.[11]

On July 7, 2014, Stud released his second album Closer.[12]

On October 30, 2015, he released an 8-track mini-album, This Isn't The Album,[13] a mix of previously released singles and new tracks.

On January 12, 2016, Stud released his third studio album, These Days, which includes a feature from Toronto Blue Jays pitcher and former Duke teammate Marcus Stroman.[14]

Mike recently starred in a TV show on the Esquire Network called This is Mike Stud. The show follows him and his crew around on his most recent Back2YouTour. The show premiered Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • A Toast To Tommy (2011)
  • Click w/ Huey Mack (2012)
  • #SundayStudTape (2013)
  • #SundayStudTapeVol.2 (2013)
  • It's Spring Break, Homie (2015)
  • This Isn't The Album (2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stud, Mike (July 25, 2014). "Interview: Mike Stud Talks ‘Closer’ Album, Signing With 300 And Future Ty Dolla $ign Collabo" (Interview). Interview with John Kennedy. Vibe. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Meet Mike Stud, College Baseball Player Turned Professional Rapper". Vice. 2013-04-10. 
  3. ^ a b Brown, Kenneth (July 7, 2014). "Former College Baseball Prospect Mike Stud Who Suffered Tommy John surgery Releases Album 'Closer'". Mstarz. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 
  4. ^ MikeStudOfficial.com http://mikestudofficial.com/bio.php.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Gatorade POY archive". Gatorade.com. Archived from the original on 2012-12-27. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  6. ^ "Duke Baseball Announces 2006 Signing Class". goduke.com. Duke University Athletics. 2006-05-03. 
  7. ^ "Duke Baseball Media Guide (pdf)" (PDF). 
  8. ^ "Charlie Hustle 'n' Flow? Hoyas ballplayer records hip-hop tunes". The Washington Post. 2010-10-28. 
  9. ^ "Mike Stud Gets One Step ‘Closer’ To His Dreams In New Video". Retrieved 2015-08-05. 
  10. ^ "Big Gigs: Jackson Browne, Gov't Mule, Black Flag, Keyshia Cole, Warped Tour, more". StarTribune. Retrieved 2015-08-05. 
  11. ^ . August 2015 http://www.mikestud.com/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Baseballer-Turned-Rapper Mike Stud Hits a Home Run With His No. 1 Album 'Closer'". Retrieved 2015-08-05. 
  13. ^ "Mike Stud Celebrates Birthday with Release of ‘This Isn’t The Album’". Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  14. ^ http://goodmusicallday.com/2016/01/mike-stud-tops-charts-new-album-thesedays-review/. Retrieved 2016-01-12.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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