Remembering STEZO


Let the creative mind and spirit of Steve (Stezo) Williams always remind us of how prosperous we can become.

Stezo first appeared on the hip-hop scene as a dancer for the group EPMD.He appeared in the video for EPMD's single "You Gots to Chill" from their 1988 album Strictly Business. After this experience Stezo sought a career as a hip-hop artist on his own.

In 1989, Stezo signed a record deal with Sleeping Bag Records and released his 12-inch single "To the Max" and eventually a full album Crazy Noise.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 very funky production and on-point rapping.
The album's two singles both charted on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hip Chart.

Despite the success of his debut album, Stezo didn't release more music for five years. In 1994, he released the single "Bop Ya Headz"/"Shining Star". Then 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 New Haven Connecticut.

Stezo died on April 29, 2020 at the age of 51