For Terrance Williams (“Stress Dollaz”), music has been his passion. At an early age, Stress was exposed to numerous influences that have help stimulate his style; these influences include his roots in the Bronx his uncles, the renowned Mob Terror (aka Live Poets) and listening to old school rap, Jazz, and R & B with his mother. Hailing from the streets of New York has refused to compromise his style for an industry trend.
In an industry that has evolved so drastically over the years, there’s one artist in particular who has
remained consistent while resisting the industry trends. Often times, these trends have sacrificed an artist’s originality, leading to a trendy commercial formula.
This musical prodigy has evolved in becoming one of the greatest underground artists to date. As a child, his uncles taught him that there was more involved in perfecting a formless art than meets the eye. He was also taught to be knowledgeable in all aspects of the music industry in order to succeed.
Stress began mixing his own melodies with an antique Yamaha keyboard, a saxophone, and a trumpet proving that this was not just a phase but a potential way of life for him. After his family realized the intensity of his desire and love for music, they invested in his first mixing board and microphone. With these essential tools within his reach, Stress would begin to produce tracks for several local artists throughout the years.
While doing so, Stress began to gain experience while touring as he learned first on a first hand basis what it took to become a successful performer. Even with this small glimpse of lime light, Stress was able to dig deeper into the foundation of the music business. With seeing what was needed to thrive in the business, Stress became more versatile as an artist which enabled him to because to perform at the drop of a hat while maintaining his unique charisma.
As an artist, Stress developed the ability of being a the proverbial “streetwise rapper” to a conscious lyricist without losing his audience’s attention or his core fan base as illustrated on his debut album “Who Am I?” With of his release of this album, Stress was able to sell an unprecedented 10,000 copies without the help of national distribution, retail management, and in-store support.
Impressing the likes of many fans, Stress also earned the opportunity to open up for artist such as Joe Buddens as well as been featured on a 2006 Tape Master’s Inc. mix tape and various DIPSET TALIBAN mixtapes and 100‘s of other features. Even though as accomplishing as this seems for
an artist such as stress, nothing is as exciting as being nominated in the category of “Most Original Solo Artist” at the 4th Annual Underground Music Awards.
Upon this recognition, many inquired more about Stress as he’s made appearances at Howard University’s charity event to several underground clubs throughout the east coast. With this debut success as an artist, Stress spawned his sophomore album, ‘Patience is a Virtue’, which exemplified a vintage freestyle techniques Stress had acquired earlier in his career. “I want to give a new meaning to the definition of ‘a diamond in the rough,’ he said while also stating, “Showing what it takes to maintain a career without sacrificing your artistic integrity.”
Stress also will be the first to admit, “I’d rather be known as an overachiever that takes creative risks than someone that follows the same lines as everyone else does.” In 2010 Stress Dollaz formed a label Rotten Apple Entertainment not only a artist but also a superb business man giving opportunities to new fresh artist on the come up.
Expect a more diverse project from Stress in the future with a strong machine behind him and his
impecable hustle and grind Stress is a force to be reckoned with