MIAMI- In today's world, it is common to hear anyone with a glimmer of youth and a slight ability to rhyme claim that they are a rapper; however an uncommon find in our era is an artist with a unique talent that chooses to use it in the most positive of ways, this is where Broward County's Stichiz comes into play. I carefully call her an artist and not a rapper because this would leave out many dimensions of her range. Almost a musical smörgåsbord of styles is what Stichiz brings to the table, fusing Hip-hop, R&B, and even Rock, all while having brief transitions into Haitian Creole, and it all comes together seamlessly.
Stichiz, who proudly represents Broward County where she was raised, is actually Canadian born to Haitian Parents, influences that can all be heard when listening to her music. The local talent got her start at an early age when her sister Lace who now serves as her manager recognized her distinct talent. It was not long before Lace had her pre-teen sister in rap contests with predominately older male opponents often putting them to shame. The young artist credits the likes of KRS-One and Tina Turner as inspirations, and when asked which artist she would love to collaborate in the future with, her reply was quick, " it has to be Tina."
After years of being in the game Stichiz has released her first mix-tape, a compilation of some of her best work accompanied by a nearly eight minute music video featuring Sassysingz and Fella. The video Directed by Red Winters of Predicate Films was the focal point of a viewing/release party at the newly opened Brickhouse Studios.The short film of sorts titled, "Mountain" shows a struggle often sparking strong emotion with images of religion and even death with an ominous above ground-grave site, Stichiz ultimately credits the Director Red with the vision for the video.
The motto for the musician and her unit is simply "hustle or be broke," and she definitely does just that, hustle. What is so impressive about Stichiz and her work is that it lacks gimmicks, it is purely authentic in nature. The market for female artist especially in Hip-hop is a bit over saturated with hypersexualised images, this is not what her music is about. The music and image that Stichiz gives the public is positive without being painfully mawkish, it is real and still has grit.
The next major performance for Stichiz will be at West Palm Beaches X102.3 Backyard BBQ Family Reunion. You can find the music video "Mountain" along with The new mixtape "Stichzophrenic Music-The New Standard" at stichiz.com