The iconic rapper and dancer Stezo aka Steve Williams is gone. He was 51 years old. Stezo is best known for his “To the Max” and “It’s My Turn” hit singles from 1989.
Steve Williams born on 10 March, 1969. Connecticut known by his stage name Stezo. He’s the cousin of fellow rapper Dooley-O from New Haven.
Stezo was originally from New Haven, Connecticut. Stezo’s cousin, Dooley-O, is a well-known hip-hop figure based in Connecticut, too. He started his career with hip-hop group, EPMD, as a dancer. Stezo was featured on EPMD’s album, Strictly Business, in the video for the group’s song, “You Gots to Chill.” EPMD stands for “Making Dollars for Erick and Parrish.”
Stezo (Steve Williams) Career
Stezo split out of the party in 1989 when his own record deal with Sleeping Bag Records was signed. Stezo’s first single was “To the Max,” followed by the album Mad Noise released at the Jamaica, Queens, 1212 studio in New York. Paul C. McKasty has collaborated with Stezo on the record. Stezo also recorded the record, in addition to rapping on the song. The album peaked on the Billboard Hot R&B / Hip-Hop Chart with number 37.
Stezo said of working in a medium feature with McKasty, “When we first went to 1212 we vibed with Paul. He was hanging around Large Professor and couple of other cats like that. We had some beats and Paul was like, ‘Yo, where ya’ll get these beats from!?” In the article Author Gino Sorcinelli noted that Stezo had been working on his beats since he was 14.
Stezo did not follow up his debut with the release of the single, “Bop Ya Headz/Shining Star.” until 1994. Stezo’s next album wasn’t released until 1997. The ledger, Where’s At The Funk? Not reaching the charts of the Billboard. In 2005 Stezo released his final album, titled C.T. (The Lost State). A retrospective on Stezo’s career in December 2017 wrote that he “was a casualty of a transition period in Hip-Hop and his imprint.”
Stezo (Steve Williams) Cause Of Death
On the morning of April 30 Stezo’s sad passing was reported on Twitter by his producer and DJ, Chris Lowe.
I never knew the brother, but he made some of the best records in one of the most competitive and innovative periods in hip-hop. Saddened to hear he lost his life. Thank you for the music, Stezo! 🙏🏼💔
— Stretch Armstrong (@StretchArmy) April 30, 2020
Stezo (Steve Williams) Biography
Date Of Birth
10 March 1969
Age (As of 2020)
4 April, 2020
Place Of Birth
New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Stezo (Steve Williams) Discography
Crazy Noise #37 Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Where’s the Funk At
C.T. (The Lost State)
Stezo (Steve Williams) Singles
“To The Max” “It’s My Turn” “Freak The Funk”
“Bop Ya Headz”
“Where’s The Funk At” “Time Ta Blow Ya Mine”