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Nico Woods Newest Track and Visual "Waves Freestyle" is Dope

Amanda Giordano

Song: "Waves Freestyle"

Artist: Nico Woods (Bronx, NY)

Produced by Freddie Joachim

Video shot by: Zone40Photography

Video directed by: Nico Woods




Nico Woods

Twitter: @raplikenico

IG: @raplikenico

Facebook: Nico Woods (@raplikenico)


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Short Description: Nico Woods is a hip hop performing and recording artist based in the Bronx, New York. He combines a lot of new age energy with just the right amount of old school charm to keep the “real rap” fans invested. With the help of the zoneTRiBE’s resident visual man 40 La Ma (zone40photography) Nico gets super comfortable in the fun  “Waves freestyle” video while he casually and effortlessly raps over the beat.

Artist Celebrates 1 Year of Sobriety with a Painting


Stereotype Co recently had the opportunity to link up  with Phillip II. He has been sober for an entire year and most recently painted a piece of artwork to commemorate the achievement. Read Phillip II's story and check out the his painting below. Sobriety

"This painting was done to commemorate my second coming. It's my companies logo instituted into a painting. The depiction represents the emerging of the Thunderbird out of the depths of the Sea of Darkness. I'm a member of the Menominee Nation and a descendant of the Tohono O'odham Nation. The Thunderbird is very meaningful symbol to the indigenous people as it represents the Great Protector and messenger of prayers between us and the Great Spirit. The Thunderbird was also said to create the sound of thunder by the flapping of its wings, thus the thunderbolt symbology within the symbol underneath the wings as apart of the actual Thunderbird itself. 

Not too long after I was born I was given the spirit name, Pe-Tee-Tat Moon, which translates to "Sound of Rolling Thunder" in Menominee. This was a derivative of my great father's spirit name Petat Moon. The medicine man added "Sound" at my ceremony. The Thunderbird symbol in this painting has a two-fold purpose. One that is personal and one that is all-encompassing to My People. What's even more fascinating is the meaning behind the Thunderbird emerging from dark waters so-to-speak. As an alcoholic in remission I've been sober for over a year now and a lot has changed - all great changes. My mind has developed a clarity and focus in life like never before. My body, my health, has been taken back and I'm in the best shape of my life. And lastly, my soul, has never felt more connected with a truly sincere reverence for My Ancestors and Great Spirit.

This painting is the depiction of my second coming. I have emerged and I am here now. "

Check out the progress shots below and check out our latest post with Phillip and listen to his new song 'Set You Free' produced by J Glaze

“I Have Awaken & I Have Risen.”
— Phillip II

'Inspirations and Explorations' Interview with Mary Lombardi


Interview by Dave Noodlez

We met Mary about 6 months ago at Pepperjack Grill during a Tee Party. It was one of our most fun Tee Parties of the year. Since then we have got to meet her family and friends. We even had the chance to print tee shirts for her daughter's class. Mary has a show coming up at Hub 17 and we're excited to see her following her dreams. We got a chance to sit down with Mary and talk about her show 'Inspiration & Exploration'


When did you first start painting?

Around 1993. I remember being almost 30 when I started. It was an on and off thing for me at that time. Then I didn't touch a brush for almost ten years after I got pregnant in 2001. In 2010 I started to paint again and I haven't stopped.

How did you get into painting?

As a kid I always fantasized about being an artist. After finishing school with a Graphic Design degree, I knew that wasn't for me. I needed a more "hands on" approach to create so I decided to teach myself to paint.

Who inspires you?

My daughter. Musicians. Friends. Folk artists. Picasso. Diego Rivera. Max Beckmann. Francis Bacon. El Greco. Modigliani. Anyone. Everyone!


What is one place that inspires you?

Every time I go to a museum, I leave feeling high and very inspired. Especially MOMA.

What is a great place for explorations on Staten Island? 

Fort Wadsworth. A beautiful setting. Incredible view of New York Harbor.  Great landscape. One of the Island's treasures. Lots of history in that place. You may even  run into a herd of goats there. Exploring around those grounds can be very inspiring.

What is one piece of art that you are really proud of that will be in your 'Inspirations and Explorations' gallery?

"Annie Waits" is something I am proud of.  A friend gave me that canvas a while back. It measures 30" x 40".  When I saw the size of it, it intimidated me. I never thought I'd be able to fill the space because I usually don't work "big". But when I finished the painting, I felt proud that I had gone out of my comfort zone.


Where is your favorite place to paint?

My studio. My husband built it for me a few years ago right in our backyard. It is my own sacred space, away from the distractions of life  with the convenience of being home. It was a great gift of love from him. 

Did you listen to music while preparing for this show? If so which albums, artists, songs did you listen to?

Thelonious  Monk

Mississippi John Hurt

Ben Folds

Nat King Cole

The Selecter

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

English Beat


What is some advice you would give someone that is looking for inspiration?

Look around you. If you really look, you can find inspiration in everything. If that doesn't work for you, look at some art books.

Where and when can people check out your upcoming show 'Inspirations and Explorations'?

The exhibit will be at Hub 17 NYC. Located at 73 Wave Street Staten Island, NY.  It runs from November 10th - November 13th. Meet and Greet Reception will be on Saturday, November 12th 7pm - 10pm

Louis Blaut of Soul Purpose Designs Interview with RAGE Works


Louis Blaut of Soul Purpose Designs

Louis Blaut of Soul Purpose Designs

StereotypeFam unites. It's nice to see when 2 people you know connect .The good people at RAGE Works interviewed our friend Louis Blaut of Soul Purpose Designs. Louis gets detail oriented talking about his kicks, inspiration, suggestions for people looking to get into the fashion world,

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J.Tune Delivers Free Agency Era


J. Tune is starting a new era in the Hip Hop industry with his mixtape, Free Agency Era (FAE). FAE promotes the idea that unsigned artists deserve more credit. The hook in his powerful yet smooth new single, “Love," reiterates Tune's personal message of hope that our global society needs to come together and spread "more love, less hate.” Drawing from personal experiences, Tune’s entire project stresses that only by coming together and realizing we are on this earth to love will we see shared progress. Problems like racial and social conflict can be solved with one simple thing, love. 

21-year-old Jamie Gatson, also known by his stage name, J. Tune, is an American musician, songwriter, producer, and recording artist. Jamie grew up two hours south of Chicago in Champaign, Illinois. Incorporating personal memories of his struggles with poverty, Jamie uses his music as an instrument to illustrate how his life is an everyday struggle. He hopes to inspire his listeners to set goals, persevere, and achieve their dreams. One of the most significant days of Jamie’s life occurred when he was 15 and his best friend, Kiwane Carrington, was shot and killed by the police in Champaign, IL. This unfortunate but very inspiring tragedy propelled Jamie towards his destiny. He promised Kiwane he would push himself harder than ever to achieve greatness in the Hip Hop industry.

Jamie’s rough beginning forced him to mature very quickly. He is fully aware of political problems both in America and worldwide such as racism, discrimination, poverty and the illusion that money sets people free when it only blinds people to the fact that they must have love before money to be happy. Jamie references this in many of his songs, including "Love," "LOS (Last One Standing)," and "Operation" on his mixtape “Free Agency Era,” releasing September 13, 2016. J. Tune is a lyrical genius with only good intentions to bring beauty to the dulling world we live in. J. Tune and his team, Believers Dynasty, are passionately focused on creating ideas from which everyone, including those who don't listen to Hip Hop, can benefit. J. Tune’s mantra is that "It's about more than just the music with us." 

Uni-G Advances to the Next Round of his Dream #roadtoafropunk


Uni (born March 24, 1989), better known by his stage name Uni-G, is an African-American hip hop recording artist, and record producer from the Bronx New York most known for his single “Go Get It”(co-produced by Quincy Jones III) and “Swerve”. Recently, Uni had the chance to compete against many others in the Afropunk Battle of The Bands competition and his dream came true; he is among the top finalist in the competition. He took to the streets of NYC rapping for random people, stood in front of different colleges, contacting his supporters, (UNites) and performed at different shows everyday during the competition to make sure he received the votes . Uni has now been given the opportunity to perform in front of hundreds including the official SESAC and Afropunk judges on June 21st-June 24th to prove that he is the MC that deserves to grace the main stage at the Afropunk festival this year. With entertaining live performances, powerful and moving lyrics, we are all looking forward to see what Uni does during semi-finals. 

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1 of a Kind Collaboration Helps Man with Cancer Embrace Life


In 2008, Raymond Torres was diagnosed with a rare form of Multiple Myeloma, a cancer with no cure. With no option of surgery, Ray is forced to wear a body brace which only comes in bright white. On February 12th 2016, Elaine Mendez of Labyrinth Arts Collection asked us and John Exit to liven up the brace.

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