Stezo dead: Tributes pour in after legendary rapper dies age 51

Rapper Stezo
Hip hop legend Stezo dies at the age of 51. Pic credit: Kraze the King of Content/YouTube

Stezo, the legendary hip-hop artist best known for his debut album Crazy Noise, passed away at the age of 51.

The news of the Connecticut rapper’s death was confirmed earlier today by friends and associates on multiple social media platforms.

DJ Chuck Chill Out confirmed Stezo’s death on Instagram.

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“Damn this one hurts big time RIP to my dude the rapper STEZO I’ve know this brother since 1986 this 2020 year sucks big time rest well my friend u will be miss.”

Stezo rose to prominence in the East Coast hip-hop scene in the late ’80s and early ’90s after he started his career as a dancer.

The cause of death was not immediately revealed.

The news of Stezo’s death comes after the Brooklyn-based fashion model and rising hip hop star Chynna Rogers, aka Chizzyano, died in April at the age of  25.

Oliver Stokes Jr., aka DJ Black N Mild, a popular bounce DJ and radio personality from New Orleans, also died in March at the age of 44 after testing positive for coronavirus.

Stezo death: Tributes pour in on Twitter

Tributes have been pouring in on Twitter following news of Stezo’s death.

Who was Stezo?

Stezo (Steve Williams), a native of New Haven, Connecticut, was born in March 1969.  He was a rapper and producer who first came to attention as a dancer for the Brentwood hip-hop duo EPMD.

He appeared in the music video for EPMD’s single, You Gots to Chill, from their 1988 album Strictly Business.

EPMD - You Gots To Chill 1988

He started his solo career as a rapper and hip-hop artist when he signed a solo record deal in 1989.

He is best known for his debut album Crazy Noise, released in 1989 under the Sleeping Bag Records label.

Crazy Noise reached number 37 on the Billboard R&B albums chart and included two charting singles — Freak the Funk and It’s My Turn.

It’s My Turn sampled the famous drum break from the Skull Snaps It’s a New Day.

Other tracks from Crazy Noise include Bring the Horns, Talking Sense, Girl Trouble, and Gets Into His Move.

Following the success of Crazy Noise, Stezo released the single Bop Ya Headz/Shining Star in 1994. He released his second album, Where’s the Funk At in 1997.

Where the Funk At was not as successful as Crazy Noise, and he went on to release his third album C.T. (The Lost State) in 2005.

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