Stanley Ipkuss

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Young canny emcee with a raspy voice and an introspective state of mind who uses a laid back, multisyllabic flow to pay tribute to graffiti art, skating, smoking and other happy elements associated with the thriving underground subculture of the Bay Area.  In his lyrics Ipkuss adopts the persona of a lurker – an old soul who likes to stay in the shadows, observe his surroundings and relish in the moment.

How would you describe what you do?
I smoke, paint, read a lot, stalk crushes online when I’m depressed & rap every now & then when I get the chance.

What do you feel is the most important thing about your work?
The message.  There are some joints I make to evoke certain feelings, others I use to tell a story, and some that are just plain fun.  At the end of the day though, it’s about the message and I’m happy that people are starting to pay more attention to that and relate to it.

What keeps you motivated to create, and keep creating work?
Coffee & weed

Where do you see your work heading in the next twelve months?
Hopefully I’ll be touring a lot more, traveling, making connects & getting my music in the right hands.  I’m a nomadic being, hate being stagnant!

Who, what, where or how do you get your first inspirations?
Hard to say.  Everything inspires me.  I guess the first artistic/creative inspiration I can remember was way back in the 3rd grade watching this older kid catch a tag.  Pretty much ruined me for the rest of my life…

What has been your biggest success, or source of pride?
Um, I’m really proud of the “.indefinite.” project I released in May with ewonee thee beatnik.  It took a while to construct and I was painfully honest through out the whole thing.  It got great responses online & still does at live shows.  I did all the recording,  mixing, album art design, marketing, pretty much everything.  So I am very proud of it!

What do you think are the important issues facing yourself, and your industry at the moment?
Everything. Hip-hop is controversial and will always be.  There are a ton of things that are screwed about this industry, but thanks to the internet it’s easy to weave your way out of the bs.

Have any relationships, friendships, business or otherwise, been significant in shaping your work as it is now?
Pretty much everyone I know has helped me one way or another.  Even if they were jerks & screwed me over, definitely taught me valuable lessons I live by everyday.

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What would you do with the perfect Sunday afternoon?
Smoke a bunch of spliffs while listening to some Casey Van Reyk mixes, sip on some coffee, geek off hidden foreshadowing events in television shows, catch up on some readings, maybe squeeze in a fap or two.

And finally, who should Corinne& be profiling next?
For emcees you should check out both LuzID & DooF.  I really been digging their work for the past few years & I am juiced they were apart of my “.indefinite.” project.  For producers you should look into Bayroo Burner.  Producer out of San Francisco, CA who already worked with Action Bronson, Troy Ave (2014 XXL Freshmen) and many other cats deep in the game.  Him & I have a project coming out later this summer entitled “Too Chill”.  Couple of leaks on YouTube if you search both our names;)

Stanley Ipkuss @ Downtown San Francisco, CA Photo by BBCM Photography Stanley Ipkuss @ Tenderloin San Francisco, CA Photo by BBCM Photography