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Stza of Leftover Crack @ MTC, Cologne 08/18/06
Background information
Birth nameFrancois Cherpitel
Also known asStza Crack
Osama Stiz Laden
Ol' Dirty Stza
Crack Daddy Kane
Sturg [1]
Stza Fucking Hipster
Sturgeon F. Hipster
Born (1976-03-04) March 4, 1976 (age 43)
Occupation(s)Musician, Singer, Songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, harmonica, keyboard
Years active1989 -present
Associated actsChoking Victim
Leftöver Crack
Star Fucking Hipsters
No Commercial Value

Scott Sturgeon, also known as Stza Crack (/ˈstɪzə/ STIZ; born March 4, 1976), is a musician who has fronted several ska-punk bands in the New York City area, the best known being Choking Victim and Leftöver Crack.[1] The stage name Stza is a tribute to the Wu-Tang Clan, in which the members would take their stage names from the Supreme Alphabet of the Five Percent Nation, such as GZA (God ZigZagZig Allah) and RZA (Ruler ZigZagZig Allah) - Stza's name would therefore be Self Truth ZigZagZig Allah.

Early life[edit]

Stza was raised in New York by his mother, who he classified as an "over-protective Jewish mom". He rarely saw his biological father, and his stepfather committed suicide.[2] As a teenager, he dropped out of high school, ran away from home and began riding freight trains.[3] Since the age of 16, Stza has been arrested several times, mainly for shoplifting.[4]

Music career[edit]

In 1990, Stza and a friend of his, Alec Baillie, formed No Commercial Value, which later evolved into Choking Victim and then again into Leftöver Crack. Although many members of these bands have come and gone, Stza remained a constant figure, writing the vast majority of the lyrics and music and becoming the bands' self-appointed spokesperson. Stza is also associated with the band Morning Glory through Leftöver Crack member, Ezra Kire.[5] In 2005, he collaborated with Mischief Brew on a song for their first full-length album, Smash The Windows.

In 2005, he played solo (doing acoustic shows) and in a new band, Crack Rock Steady Seven, featuring members of The Infested in Europe. 2006 saw him in Mexico City forming another regional Crack Rocksteady Seven, the CRS7mx featuring members of Niño Zombi. In the fall of 2006 he returned to the United States and toured with Leftöver Crack, their tour with Citizen Fish was dubbed Cracktoberfest 2006. Most recently Stza has been involved in the creation of another punk/ska band, this time with members of Casa de Chihuahua, The Slackers, and The Degenerics (Nico do Gaillo, Ara Babajian and Frank Piegaro respectively) called "Star Fucking Hipsters". Star Fucking Hipsters' debut album was released September 30, 2008 on the Fat Wreck Chords label. Their second album, "Never Rest In Peace", was released on October 20, 2009 on the Alternative Tentacles label. Their new album, titled "From the Dumpster to the Grave" was released on October 11, 2011 on Fat Wreck Chords during a record release show at Europa in Brooklyn, New York.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Stza, along with other members of Leftöver Crack, has at times resided at 155 Avenue C, better known as C-Squat.[7] He is a vegetarian.[8]


Full lengths[edit]

With Choking Victim
With Leftover Crack
With Star Fucking Hipsters




  • Give 'Em the Boot II, (Crack City Rockers[Demo]) Hellcat Records, 1999.
  • Punk Rawk Explosion 6, (Nazi White Trash), ?, 2003.
  • Give 'Em the Boot III, (Atheist Anthem) Hellcat Records, 2002.
  • Go Kart vs. the Corporate Giant Vol. 3, (Rock The 40oz) Go Kart Records, 2002.
  • 2003 Sampler, (So Ya Wanna Be A Cop) A-F Records, 2003.
  • Fueling the Flames of Revolution Vol. 3, (One Dead Cop) A-F Records, 2003.
  • Against Police Injustice,(Operation:MOVE, Super Tuesday[Demo]) Non Commercial, 2003.
  • Mass Destruction, (Muppet N.A.M.B.L.A) BANKSHOT! Records, 2003.
  • Riot Ska, (Drug Song, Nobody Is Free) Beer Records, 2004.
  • The Kids Are Gonna Pay (Look Who's Talking Now) with F-Minus, Morning Glory & Bent Outta Shape, Blacknoise Records, 2006.
  • Sexy Babies Across the Wasteland (Guest Vocals with Last False Hope) – 2012, Sexy Baby Records.


  • 2002: Straight Outta' Naples
  • 2001: Live C-Squat 3/31/01
  • 2008: live at the stage @ Arnhem, Holland


  • 2004: Fuck World Trade (demo)


Seen On[edit]


  1. ^ a b Racket Magazine - Leftover Crack interview
  2. ^ Lin, Tao - Thought Catalog - Interviews- Leftover Crack
  3. ^ Butler, Roya - The Punk Site - Interviews - Leftover Crack Archived 2008-12-05 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Better Propaganda - Leftover Crack interview
  5. ^ Rockzone: Interviews: Leftover Crack
  6. ^ Star F*cking Hipsters on Facebook
  7. ^ Rag Magazine - Leftover Crack interview
  8. ^ Savage, Paul (September 10, 2006). "LEFTOVER CRACK". Archived from the original on July 9, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2018.

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