Nowadays, real lyricists are hard to come by — which is exactly why Stam Goody is here to stay. Hailing from Camden, New Jersey and Wilmington, Delaware, the musician will tell his story in a new 6-part docu-series called If Anything Happens…
His goal is to open up his family as a case study, breaking the chains and stigma of the youth who fall victim to being a product of their environment.
From growing up surrounded by gangs and violence, Stam puts all his deepest thoughts and feelings into his music.
With the new EP and visuals to match, he turns a negative into positive inspiring audiences to do the same.
AllHipHop: At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal?
Stam Goody: I was always a writer. I used to write more than I spoke so I didn’t always talk to people, but always had journals. I never knew I was writing songs until probably 15 years old, when I realized that writing in a musical way is what I wanted to do. At that point, I was focused on basketball. It wasn’t until the last maybe 6 years I really started looking at this as “oh, this is what I’m supposed to be doing.”
You do a lot of things in life especially if you’re blessed to have different talents. I played ball, skateboarding, BMX, all types of s##t. Tried a whole lot of everything but music was always the first love. Sometimes you gotta go through that journey to figure that out, and that’s what happened. 6 years ago is when I realized this is what I’m supposed to be doing, versus all the other stuff I can do. Because there’s a difference.
AllHipHop: What inspired the 6-part docuseries called "If Anything Happens… "
Stam Goody: People around me telling me I need to be more vulnerable and open up more outside of the music. The music in If Anything Happens EP wasn’t something I usually wrote about. One, I was still doing things… my OGs taught me not to tell on myself. I’m not one of those people on Instagram posting money. I don’t do all that s##t, no disrespect to people who do. When I decided to open up that facet of my life, why not give people a deeper understanding of not only why they should listen, but why they should take heed to some of the lessons. Also give people the authenticity of what it is I’m talking about because there are other kids out there to change this narrative. They need to actually know and see there was someone literally in the position they were in, and is not there anymore. How did that happen?
AllHipHop: How does it feel to be compared to Kanye?
Stam Goody: For clarification, I got compared to old Kanye. [laughs] That was amazing! He’s gonna figure it all out, I got faith in him. It’s always amazing to be compared to people who you’ve looked up to, followed or you think are inspirations to the culture. I’m me, Stam Goody.
I’m definitely not Kanye West but if somebody tells me “oh you remind me of Kanye,” or lately it’s been a lot of Jay Z comparisons, it feels good. I hope I can continue on this journey and really carve out my own path so one day people say “oh you remind me of Stam Goody.” That’s the goal.
AllHipHop: Best encounter with a fan?
Stam Goody: The best encounter was through DM, this little 13-year-old girl. She’s an athlete, plays basketball and soccer. Right after the “Clutch” video came out is when I started getting a lot of new fans. She hit me with this long message explaining how it was really tough for her being a little girl and wanting to play with the boys, but she listens to “Clutch” before practice all the time and gets the confidence to go out and do her thing. I screenshotted it, but it’s on the computer. She was thanking me, I got a little emotional when I read that. Things like that really solidify this is what you’re supposed to be doing. All the other s##t is rapper s##t. You can do that s##t without music. Touching the people you want to touch is what’s important.
AllHipHop: What can we expect next?
Stam Goody: Next single first week of September, “Well Wishes.” I’m really excited because it represents one of the cities that I’m from: Wilmington, Delaware, about a situation that happened there. A lot of my family, friends, and the community there are waiting on that one. We don’t have a lot of people from Wilmington repping for us, that’s definitely something I want to do. Episode 2 of the docu-series, and a tour in the fall!