Between beefs, diss tracks, and somewhat questionable verses, there don’t seem to be too many secrets in today’s rap world. There’s a good chance that the scene’s greatest secret lies in 27-year-old Rhode Island native, Mike Stud.
You might know Stud’s story (All-American baseball player turned musician with a tendency to sell out venues in almost every state) but what you might not realize about Mike is the fact that he has such a genuine love for his fans, his craft, his family and his team.
This weekend, I put my life on pause to meet up with Mike and his team in New York City and Philadelphia and although it may take my credit card more time than usual to recover, the past two days included bowling alleys, bottle service, great music and even better vibes.
Mike powered through his set both nights like an old pro, taking requests from enthusiastic fans, chugging beers with his best friends-turned-tourmates, and keeping two full venues entertained.
While performing songs both old and new, there was a sense of comfort throughout the room. It’s so evident that Mike and his fans feed off of one another, no doubt powered by a mutual admiration. To the fans, Mike is living proof that you can fire back after life throws a few curveballs your way. To Mike, his fans are “the engine for this ride.”
That admiration was confirmed once again earlier this week when Mike tweeted, “3 years ago, we slept on the side of the road after shows in between taking turns driving. Literally just pulled over in a minivan. I will never take this shit for granted. Riding around with my bros, making our own rules, doing exactly what we dreamt about. Thanks to y’all.”
Those fans are the same ones who welcomed Mike’s new sound with open arms. When he dropped his latest album, These Days, back in January, he referred to this as another step in his journey to constantly change and find his exact sound. Based on crowd reactions in both New York City and Philadelphia, his fans are on board as Mike strides toward his biggest goal, “pushing boundaries and doing our own thing.”
There is no doubt that Mike did his own thing at the Back2You Tour’s latest stops. Between rowdy crowds, flying bras, endless drinks and constant cheers, I think the only disappointment came from the fact that Mike’s set had to come to an end.
I think I can speak for everyone in the crowd at Playstation Theater and the Theatre of the Living Arts when I recommend your presence at your local venue when the Back2You Tour makes a stop in your city. Mike has referred to this tour as something he’ll “never forget” because he loves “being in the same room with the people that gave me a second chance at being happy.” Don’t you want to be part of that? For dates, details, and tickets, head over to http://back2youtour.com.