London Le’Blanc Magazine interviews with Stunna!
London Le'Blanc- What's up with ya?
Stunna - Erthang Cool with me, Happy to be here and thank you for having me.
London Le'Blanc- You come from a musical background. Who was your biggest inspiration growing up?
Stunna - Growing up my first inspiration was my father in a musical aspect as in a household of 5, I had 2 elder brothers and I remember we were always taught how to play the keyboard, guitar which he would request us to practice, then he had one day brought home a book for me on how to write songs which I hooked onto more than learning the instruments. What amazed me more about the music career was him telling us about his adventures as a musician and traveling the world and all that good stuff etc. I was later further influenced and inspired by HIP-HOP at a very young age. Picture stepping into a room where all you see is 2pac, Notorious B.I.G (may their souls rest in peace), and Snoop Dogg posters and their music always being bumped from the cassettes to the CD's, I had no other choice but to learn and dive deeper into the genre and it has made me who I am today.
London Le'Blanc- You're over in Abu Dhabi what's the Hip Hop scene like over there?
Stunna - The Hip Hop Scene in the Middle East is like a ring in the desert. You can spot talent, but with no record labels and proper management services available, it’s more like a pipe dream and if you do manage to get out and succeed, it's definitely worth the trip you feel me. Hip hop is what the youth will represent but with respect to the culture of the Middle East and its history, hip hop managed to still be loved by the citizens of this nation. You can see it by the constant events of the nation bringing in celebrities like - Sisqo, Drake, 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj, 6ix9ine, Outlawz, Travis Scott, Eminem just to name a few, if you catching my drift. Local talent would only be pushed on a cultural level as it's by the end of the day CULTURE and I respect that. People of other genres would have to make a name outside and later be acknowledged inside. It is what it is.
London Le'Blanc- How many songs have you released over the last decade?
Stunna - Within the last decade, I've released so many songs you can pile em up into 8 albums or so. I mean I was always in the studio, dropping music, whether in Abu Dhabi or when I visit Kenya, Tanzania it don't matter, As long as a mic was available, I was dropping something, cause I always had something on my mind and something to say.
London Le'Blanc- Out of all of them what's your favorite one, and why?
Stunna - I love all my songs, but with everything, I been through the song that hits home and was acknowledged by a lot was Mask Off. It's basically an autobiography of my trials and tribulations when having a family of my own. It's an open book and it's was my cousin's favorite song, she recently passed away from cancer (May her soul rest in peace), she would always vouch for me, cheer me on, and tell her children about me. I managed to influence her son who now writes and sings his own songs.