You might have heard his tight flow and sharp lirycs on Any of The Beatnuts Album, or the platinum selling The Fast And The Furious Movie Soundtrack with N.O.R.E, or maybe on the DJ Honda Compilation, or The DJ Scribbles Album, or maybe on The DJ Tony Touch Classic 50 MC's MixTape or maybe you heard him with Cuban Link on “Pimpin” from The Black Mask Movie Soundtrack, and the list goes on..
The rough pavements of Corona, Queens has been home to many legendary figures in the rap game. Cats like Kool G. Rap, The Beatnuts, Noreaga, Eric B., and Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor, have all blessed the rap game with classic material inspired by the daily hustle and bustle that goes down in this tiny hamlet that sits in Northeast Queens. In the year 2008, Willie Stubz is set to burst on the scene and continue in the grand tradition of his neighbor hood forefathers. Packing a rugged flow, insightful lyrics and subject matter, combined with a commanding stage presence; Stubz is a can't miss prospect just waiting to make a big impact on the fickle rap industry.
As the love from his neighborhood grew, Stubz found himself wanting to get more out of his talents as the first thoughts of a rap career slowly began creeping through his mind. " I finally realized that I could make a career out of this and started focusing on getting my rhymes out there past my neighborhood." One thing led to another and Stubz was introduced to a DJ named SPK who was also making the transition to the world of hip-hop production. Things started to move quickly once Stubz got into the mic booth. The results of his late night collaborations gained Stubz a name in the underground hip hop scene and independent label projects began pouring in. " I put out a few records overseas and some here in the US that did well in the underground. Those singles led me to my first record deal."
In 1998, Melvin “MEGADON” Gonzalez caught wind of Stubz' skills and offered him a deal with then fledgling label Pentagon Ent. " When we first signed to Penatgon, it was like a dream come true. I was on an indie that had a lot of money and a great support staff. Working with them really taught me a lot about the game." Taking advantage of his new-found resources, Stubz poured himself in the studio and began working on his solo album. With the release of the first single, "Pimpin' Ain't Easy" featuring Cuban Link (Terror Squad) causing a commotion on the underground scene, Stubz met and signed a deal with Tommy Boy Records.
His dreams of champagne and caviar were cut short however when Tommy Boy underwent a huge restructuring and Stubz' project got pushed back. " I went from being the star to just another cat on a roster. I knew it was time to go." He quickly gained a release from the label and continued on the path that got him signed in the first place. But before he could get on again tragedy struck the label. Pentagon president Melvin Gonzalez was murdered, leaving Stubz without the support that took him to the next level. Shaken, yet undaunted, Stubz put his nose to the grindstone and continued working towards that ever elusive record deal. " At that point it was now or never and I wasn't about to give up after the taste of success that I had."
In 2003 Willie Stubz returned to his underground roots with the release of the single "QU..EE..NS" (featuring Capone & Nature) b/w "Get in 2U". "I’m bringing it back to the basics with this single and trying to give the people something hot to check for. Hopefully, the right label comes along and gives me the distribution to get my music out to the whole world." Using the sum of his past experiences as both inspiration and a guideline, Stubz is confident that his material will break through and gain attention from the masses. " I’m makin' good music that's about something, so I'm confident that it will blow. Even if it takes a few shots, at the end of the day people will know my name."
After a long learning hiatus 2008 finds Willie Stubz, a veteran rapper and up and coming producer set out on his own to continue making real hip hop music. The one man army adds the sum of his knowledge into a classic new album titled “Lead By Example.” This new and diverse album shows off Willie Stubz’ skills as a talented solo lyricist and producer. Stubz also gets some contribution from long time associate Psycho Les of the Beatnuts and other up and coming producers.“This time I have the freedom of doing exactly what I want to do”! “I’ve never been one to follow so, I have no choice but to Lead By Example.”