Walk the Warrior’s Way with Stonaawulf on New Track “Nope”
Warrior… Creator… Those are just two aspects of Stonaawulf’s musical self. He’s also an artist. He’s many things, but a rapper is not one of them. Though his father introduced him to Rap, Stonaawulf sought to evolve beyond Rap. “I’ve always had passion for music,” recollected Stonaawulf. “My whole life, I was always into it. When I got into high school, that’s when I wrote my first song. And I haven’t stopped since.” Beginning with that first song, Stonaawulf embraced a warrior’s ethic. “One of my friends came up to me and said, ‘Let’s write a song.’ I called it ‘My Opponent,’” he explained. “I heard that beat and felt like my opponent couldn’t defeat me.”
Now 27, Stonaawulf has chiseled and expanded his sound for a decade. He further differentiates himself from Rap, even recording a song called “Not A Rapper.” “When I heard that beat, something told me to say, ‘I’m not a rapper,’” said Stonaawulf. “The new music that I’m putting out now, I’m still rhyming, but I’m not rapping.” Stonaawulf recalled being encouraged by a sound engineer, who motivated him to push his own limits. “I wasn’t that confident in my older music,” Stonaawulf said. “My engineer who engineers my vocals, I consider him to be my big brother. He said, ‘We’re going to do something different.’ He suggested that I shouldn’t use profanity. I went along with that advice.”
The warrior’s ethic often separates him from others. With a trained eye on his purpose and mission, the warrior can have little patience for those who give little thought to their own lives. Stonaawulf explores these ideas on his track “Lonely Road.” “I feel like a lot of people are sheep,” Stonaawulf said. “I tend to be an introvert, but I have love for people. A lot of people are the same, they act like robots. They don’t have a mind of their own. When you try to tell them the truth, they don’t want to listen. But me, I choose to elevate. The Creator put this spirit in me. I feel like they will never know what the truth is. They will never be woke and conscious.”
Stonaawulf’s latest track “Nope” crystallizes his sound. He refers to his music as “spirichill,” a portmanteau of “spiritual” and “chill.” “That’s just how the songs come out of me,” Stonaawulf said. “In the beginning, I was just a straight rapper. But now I do a whole new genre. ‘Nope’ is a newer song that’s a prime example of me not being a rapper. I’m harmonizing and being more melodic on it. ‘Nope’ is the beginning of the rest of the music that I’m putting out. It’s going to be melodic and wavy.”
Stonaawulf wants fans to keep listening, and said he has a ton of music in the works. “Follow the Creator,” he admonished. “And believe in Him. Keep Him first. I know it’s a cliché, but you can be anything you want to be. Keep your mind healthy. Keep it strong. Be authentic, be original.”
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