Josh Stone is originally from Long Island, NY and is the CEO of his multi faceted entertainment company Real Vibez Only Inc. Under the tutelage of Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Josh decided to start his own record label after experiencing the industry first hand as an A&R and producer for some of the world’s biggest artists.
Formerly a high ranking NHL prospect, Josh had to learn how to deal with the pitfalls of life after suffering a career ending injury. Instead of wallowing in his sorrows, he sought refuge in music, turning his pain into art.
Having collaborated with high profile artists such as Jim Jones, Uncle Murda, Dave East, Juelz Santana, and Maino, Josh Stone puts his heart and soul into every track. He has carved out a distinct sound, which is devoid of pretension, yet rich in insight, loyalty and family. His flow, delivery and cadence are all top notch.
Yo Josh! Before we get into it, how are you feeling today? How is life treating you?
I’m feeling blessed, hungry for more, and just happy to be here. Thank you for asking!
How long have you been making music and who are some of the artists that inspired you to want to make music growing up?
I started making music in 2007 as a way to deal with one of my friend’s sisters being murdered in cold blood. I never really thought or wanted to make music growing up as I was an athlete. Some of the artists I listened to growing up and inspired me the most are/were 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Nas, Jay-Z, and Eminem, as well as The Diplomats and DMX. My first album was “Illmatic” on cassette that I still have it and Onyx’s “Slam” as well.
How would you describe your musical sound?
Authentic to who I truly am, NY/Cali Hip-Hop vibes. And I’d also say I can tap into emotions so people can relate, which I feel is missing in today’s musical landscape. Whether it’s something darker like “Feel My Pain” or something for the clubs like “Slide 101” ft. Dave East.
What projects are you currently working on as we speak?
I’m working on my next album set to release in March 2023. I’m also working on my artists’ projects signed to my production company Real Vibez Only Inc. Ariel Pearl who has her first song out titled “Let It All Go” working on her album. Swiv Da Don from Harlem released his first record titled “Till The Feds Come” working on his album and Relly Reallz from the Bronx released “SCE Party,” all produced by Grammy nominated Vekz Madison and myself.
Projects outside of music, I’m currently working with Tank Davis for his upcoming fights on endorsements, as well as NHL star Evander Kane from the Edmonton Oilers. Also have a film production company that’s in negotiations with major companies for a game show created by myself, my partner and brother Troy Stone as well as Former EVP of Warner Brothers Susan Kantor. A lot is going on at once but I’m a hustler. I hustle hard but more importantly I hustle smart and protect my energy at all cost.
Musically, who do you look up to? Who’s that one recording artist and/or mogul you look up to and say, “I want a solo career similar to his?”
I think as of recent Nipsey Hussle (R.I.P.) is/was dope, Pop Smoke (R.I.P.) super dope as he started this drill wave you can say and now everyone is just jacking it. But if there was a way to combined a little bit of 2Pac mixed with Eminem, 50, Dre, Jay, and Nas. I have to say because I’ve learned from all of their careers. Musically, I’d say Jay-Z, Nas, 50 Cent. But there really hasn’t been a Kobe to Eminem’s Jordan in Hip-Hop. So when it’s all said and done, that’s the goal. My bad for indirect answer, I’m a student of this game. These other white artists and artists in general just clout chase for fame and don’t care about the music. They don’t have a story, I do, and mine is as real as it comes. They want the instant gratification. I had to play many roles in order to get to where I am today.
What are the advantages you’ve been able to utilize as an independent rapper?
Rap is the art form. I’ve been able to learn the game from the best who have ever done it. Chuck D to Jean Nelson. And learned how to leverage my skill set to make the most impact on not just the culture but keeping relationships which most people burn bridges before even crossing the first quarter mile. Knowing how to move is a skill set, and I have been fortunate to be around some of the greatest. Relationships are more important than money.
Let’s now focus on your overall swagger. As far as style, delivery and appearance what do you bring to the table?
Authenticity, relatability, different flow patterns, and I’m actually able to make records something that’s lacking from the current climate. And I show up as myself. I don’t need face tats, or 20 chains for clout. I show up with a Rolex on and a nice peace on my neck. Some Jordan’s or name brand shoe. It’s nothing extra or anything I haven’t been my whole life.
What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment so far in your music career?
A. Staying alive. B. Working with major artists. Writing the hook for Arianna Grande’s “7 Rings” and putting out my first album and having the single off “Therapy Sessions” hit the top 10 on the iTunes charts.
What are your personal and professional goals you have set for you and your music?
To build out the biggest entertainment company and leverage it out with the proper partner and/or partners. And for me personally to become the #1 artist in the world to the critics and fans as well as keep producing Real Vibez Only artists.
Finally, is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Check out the mini documentary coming out on me to see how I got here. God doesn’t make mistakes. And to always listen to your gut instinct because gut instincts are guardian angels. Treat the janitor the same way you would treat the CEO and don’t do things for clout, find your higher calling.
Where can people find you online?