Topeka, Kansas’ best kept secret may very well be Stik Figa. He’s got a classic under his belt already with Nashville producer L’Orange (The City Under The City), as well as a full EP with Oddisee that turned heads, and now he is back with plans for a January 27, 2017 album declaring whose turn it is: “Central Standard Time.”
To start things off, Stik Figa is coming out the gate with a short and precise lyrical exercise of a track showcasing his pen over an elegant beat from Detroit’s Black Milk.
“This cut, “Ends & Outs,” is a bit of nostalgia for me, I’ve always wanted to get on a track like that and do the lyrical exercise thing. When I heard the Black Milk beat, I was immediately drawn to the percussive elements first, and how it’s not something you hear much anymore. I was inspired by Outkast “Wailin” just a cut with dope beats and rhymes that’s fun to listen to, and rewind to make sure you caught everything,” said Stik Figa
The New Album Stik Figa “Central Standard Time” is available 1/27
Born in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, John Westbrook, Jr. grew up in Topeka, the capital city of Kansas. Stik draws on a southern style mixed with a Midwest flavor. His first southern influence came from his parents who are from Arkansas and Tennessee. His mom even contributed to his moniker after she commented on his thin frame. She told him he looked like a stick figure.
His other southern roots come from experience. His southern stint honed his craft on the stage and molded him into what he is today. Stik claims Memphis, Tenn., as his second home. He says places in the south like Memphis helped to develop his style as likable, down-to-earth and honest.
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