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Stezo (Old School Rap Icon & Dancer Dead); Biography, Age, Career, Wife, Death, Net Worth

Stezo Hip Hop artist and producer dead at 51

Stezo born Steve Williams was an American Rapper and producer. The Iconic rapper and dancer died on the night of April 29 of a possible heart attack. At the time of his death, he was 51 years old. Stezo is best known for his 1989 hit singles, “To the Max” and “It’s my turn”

Stezo Biography

Stezo was a native of New Haven, Connecticut. His cousin, Dooley-O, is a renowned Connecticut-based hip-hop figure.

Stezo Age

At the time of his death, Stezo was 51 years old. He was born on 10, 1969.

Stezo Career

Stezo began his career as a dancer with the Hip-hop group EPMD. EPMD stands for “Erick and Parrish making Dollars. He appeared in the video for EPMD’s single “You Gots to Chill” from their 1988 album Strictly Business. However, after this experience, Stezo sought a career as a p-hop artist on his own. In 1989, Stezo signed a record deal with Sleeping Bag Records and released his 12-inch “To the Max” and eventually a full album Crazy noise recorded at the 1212 studio in Jamaica, Queens, in New York. Paul C. McKasty worked on the album with Stezo. Stezo handled all rapping and production on the album. The single received some attention around the time it was released. The album charting at #37 on the Billboard R&B albums chart and received praise for its funky production and on-point rapping. The album’s two singles both Charted on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Despite the success of his debut album, Stezo did not release more music for five years. In 1994, he released the single “Bop Ya Headz”/”Shining Star.” The 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.

According to an interview, the death of McKasty ‘Derailed’ Stezo’s career. A few months after the release of Crazy Noise, McKasty was shot dead in Rosedale, Queens. He was 24 years old. The shooting remains unsolved. The writer in the article Gino Sorcinelly wrote that the death of McKasty had a huge effect on Stezo. “The psychological aftermath of losing a close friend derailed the careers of Chris Lowe and Stezo for several years, and while Lowe, Dooley-O, and Stezo have all been involved in rap music to varying degrees in the time since Paul’s murder, it’s difficult to not look at their respective careers and wonder what might have been.”

According to a post on Stezo’s Instagram page, two weeks prior to the coronavirus pandemic, he opened a barbershop in Charlotte, North Carolina, named S&S cuts. The barbershop had been operating in West Haven, Connecticut, since 2013.

Stezo’s last Instagram post saw him write about the possibility of shutting down his shop amid the Coronavirus quarantine. Stezo said, ” We already ahead of the game, we open up 2 weeks before the pandemic shut us down, but when we open back up, we have a 2 man shop and operate by appointments mostly, me and my partner Spencer didn’t know how important a 2 man shop would be in the future, we started off social distancing and didn’t even know it. It’s not about how many barbers you got, it’s about how safe you can keep your clients, social distancing at its best, god moved us at the right time and thanks to our loyal customers that keep us in business, see ya soon.”

Stezo Death 

Stezo’s death was confirmed in an email by DJ Chuck Chillout of a possible heart attack on the night of April 29, 2020. Stezo’s sad passing was first confirmed on the morning of April 30 by his producer and DJ Chris Lowe on Twitter.

Guestlove paid a tribute to Stezo on Instagram by playing his song and writing a post that said;

“This is gonna happen a lot. Before Hammer’s pants, there was #Stezo…before we all abused that #SkullSnaps #ItsANewDay break…there was Stezo. Before #AtomicDog fed an ENTIRE GENRE….there was Stezo. While your favorite rapper was asking so & so & such & such to do some beats for em….Stezo was doing it all himself. I mean for gods sake this man made #SteveMartin cool to a hip hop generation too young to get King Tut/The Jerk/& a wild & crazy guy references—-he turned Steve Martin into the coolest verb EVER in 1988 (google #EPMD’s #YouGotsToChill video to see dances that defined a generation—-we talk about MCs/producers/videos/movies/icons from 87-92 but rarely give light to the iconic dances that came from that era—Stezo was always my fav dancer from this era (yes I know the Kid N Play dance was iconic too) but when you don’t have a partner to kick it with? Then yknow…lol——this dude is displaying ALL the moves that others will build empires on. Damn this damn virus man. Damn. Thank you ”

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This is gonna happen a lot. Before Hammer’s pants, there was #Stezo…before we all abused that #SkullSnaps #ItsANewDay break…there was Stezo. Before #AtomicDog fed an ENTIRE GENRE….there was Stezo. While your favorite rapper was asking so & so & such & such to do some beats for em….Stezo was doing it all himself. I mean for gods sake this man made #SteveMartin cool to a hip hop generation too young to get King Tut/The Jerk/& a wild & crazy guy references—-he turned Steve Martin into the coolest verb EVER in 1988 (google #EPMD’s #YouGotsToChill video to see dances that defined a generation—-we talk about MCs/producers/videos/movies/icons from 87-92 but rarely give light to the iconic dances that came from that era—Stezo was always my fav dancer from this era (yes I know the Kid N Play dance was iconic too) but when you don’t have a partner to kick it with? Then yknow…lol——this dude is displaying ALL the moves that others will build empires on. Damn this damn virus man. Damn. Thank you @stezodezo

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