South Caroline born, Florida raised MC Lafayette Stokely continues his musical journey. Starting at the age of 17, Lafayette began to develop his own skills as a wordsmith stemming from his affinity with the storytelling styles of artist like J. Cole, Nas, and Jay Electronica. Lafayette began developing his sounds early on with fellow crew members The Solstice, showcasing his rhymes in their very first project titled “MF Wonders”. Receiving positive feedback from online publications coupled with the use to develop his craft, Lafayette decided to give it a turn as a solo act. On October 29th 2012, Lafayette gives us “Life’s journey” a project that’s everything the title entails, a brief insight into the life of Stokely with stories about his move to New York, pressures to be successful in his craft and his general perspective on life as he knows it.
One year later on the same day, Lafayette gives us the second installment of Life’s Journey with “Life Goes On”. On this project, Lafayette sheds more light into the life of Stokely, touching on everything from his southern roots, losing loved ones, his love life and why his time spent in New York was so necessary. All while exuding a newly found confidence and making it clear that he’s not just here for a spot in the game, but the top spot.
Fast foreward to 2015, Lafayette and his fiancé welcome two beautiful girls into he world. As expenses get higher and spaces get tighter, Lafayette is faced with a crucial decision. Constantly replaying his very own bars in his head “Never moving back to Florida thats my last resort” Lafayette ultimately makes a very difficult decision but the best one for his family, and that is to move back home.
Now back under the Florida sun, Lafayette with reservations being perceived as a failure he vowed to hit his hometown of Orlando and work until the city knows his name. Taking notes on the current climate of the music business. Lafayette decided to better his live performances. Hitting stages throughout Florida opening for some of your favorite artists, sparingly dropping songs by design all white carefully crafting his next body of work. As it turns out the move back to the sunshine state ended up being exactly what Lafayette needed. Reunited with fellow Soulstice crew member/producer Ross Munroe, Lafayette is gearing up to present us with his next chapter of life as he knows it.