Former holy hip hop producer/rapper Stikk (who banged out beats for cats like Southern Gospeltality, Lil Raskull, Enock, and others) is now rollin' with an electric guitar and taken the stage name of Stephen Oran.
I was able to check out his brand of black rock (think Lenny Kravitz or Prince) at The Engine Room in Houston last night. Photos are below.
You can listen to his new stuff at: www.myspace.com/stephenoran
The Engine Room has a definite funk/alternative vibe. A phone booth in the back of the club caught my eye due to all of the band stickers on it - particulary one from the Tunnel Rats' Tunnel Vision album from several years back. (It's on the left side, second from the bottom.) I guess some HHH fans/street teamers have already been there and left their mark.
You can't really tell from any of the photos, but dude's got an all-girl band with one on the keys and another on the drums. His explanation for it? "Cuz, I'm fly like that."
The very first time I saw Stikk was at the SGR debut release party at Glory 2 Glory (back in 1999?) and he was playing electric guitar for one of Son of Jesse's tracks.
Kinda cool to see it come back around to that now.