Substantial (rapper)

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Substantial performing live in 2011
Background information
Birth nameStanley Robinson
Also known asStan Robinson, SubStan, Subtracktion
Born (1979-01-07) 7 January 1979 (age 40)
Cheverly, Maryland
GenresHip hop
Years active2000 – present
LabelsHydeout Productions, QN5 Music, Mello Music Group, HiPNOTT Records
Associated actsBop Alloy, CunninLynguists, Extended Famm, FANOMM, L Universe, Nujabes, Oddisee, PackFM, Tonedeff Fat Jon

Stanley Robinson[1] (born January 7, 1979), known as Substantial, is a hip hop recording 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.[2]

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.[3]

Substantial has stated that some of his main influences are Native Tongues, Outkast, and Redman.[3]

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.”[4]


Substantial gained prominence after collaborating with Japanese Hip-Hop producer, Nujabes (Seba Jun) 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,[5] and he continued to work with Seba until the producer's death in 2010.[6][7][8]

January 2008 he released his 2nd studio album Sacrifice, which was the #1 in sales on website[9] 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.[10] 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.[11][12][13]

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.[14][15][16]


Studio albums[edit]

  • To This Union A Sun Was Born (2001)
  • Substantial Evidence (2003)
  • Sacrifice (2008)
  • Home Is Where the Art Is (2012)
  • The Past Is Always Present in the Future (2017)
  • The Garden (2018)

Collaboration albums[edit]

  • Happy F*ck You Songs (with Extended F@mm) (2002)
  • Substantial/Burns (with Burns) (2009)
  • The Past... (with The Other Guys) (2015)
  • Always (with Algorythm) (2015)


  • Sacrificial Lambs (The Prequel to Sacrifice) (2006)
  • Substantial vs Samurai Champloo: Beats, Rhymes & Strife (2009)
  • WINK: Something Substantial (2010)
  • Jackin' Jill (2013)
  • Art Is Where The Home Is (2014)

Bop Alloy[edit]

  • Substantial and Marcus D are Bop Alloy (2010)
  • The R & R (Remixes & Revisions) (2011)
  • Another Day in the Life of... (2014)
  • Winter Breaks (2014)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Nujabes - "Think Different" and "Blessing It -remix" with Pase Rock from Metaphorical Music (2003)
  • Nujabes - "Home Sweet Home" and "Lyrical Terrorists" with L-Universe from Hydeout Productions 1st Collection (2003)
  • Nujabes - "Eclipse" from Modal Soul (2005)
  • Nujabes - "Hikari" from Hydeout Productions 2nd Collection (2007)
  • Kenichiro Nishihara - "Heart" from Humming Jazz (2008)
  • Daft Punk - "Make Love" Chew Fu Remix (2009)
  • Kenichiro Nishihara - "Power of Self" from Life (2010)
  • Nujabes - "Waiting for the Clouds" and "City Lights" with Pase Rock from Spiritual State (2011)
  • Kenichiro Nishihara - "Rise Son" from Illuminus (2012)
  • Haruka Nakamura - "Soar" from Melodica (2013)
  • CunninLynguists - "Guide You Through Shadows" from "Strange Journey Volume Three" (2014)
  • Kenichiro Nishihara - "Waves" from Jazzy Folklore (2015)
  • Kenichiro Nishihara - "Light up the Dark" from Sincerely... (2016)


  1. ^ "Substantial". Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-24. Retrieved 2015-02-24. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b "MTVU - College Music, Activism, Shows and Activities On Campus". MTVU. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  4. ^ "DX News Bits: Substantial, J The S". Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Substantial - QN5 Music". Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  6. ^ "To This Union A Sun Was Born [DELUXE EDITION], by Substantial". Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Substantial - ...To This Union A Sun Was Born". Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  8. ^ "HipHopSite.Com". HipHopSite.Com. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  9. ^ "RapReview Feature for November 20, 2007 - Substantial Interview". Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "Substantial - Jackin' Jill [JIll Scott Tribute LP]". 10 April 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2014-02-20. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-02-20. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Substantial". Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  15. ^ "QN5 Music - An Independent Hip-Hop Record Label". Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  16. ^ "RapReview Feature for September 5th, 2012 - Substantial Interview". Retrieved 29 July 2018.

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