During his college years, Stovetop wrote raps and experimented with production, but never really felt comfortable publicly displaying his skills until he started making music catered directly to his dorm mates at Northwestern in Orange City, IA. Describing it as a fraternity like atmosphere, Stover said his dorm mates took a shining to his ability to use his talent to drop bars filled with inside jokes and familiar stories.

After graduating from Northwestern in 2010 with a degree in public relations, Stovetop decided to take his desire to rap a little more seriously and began investing himself financially and by consistently writing rhymes in his downtime, something he still does today.

He released his debut album, “Work in Progress,” featuring lead single, “A.I.” in January.

The 11-track project has been in development for five years and features all original music and composition. “Work in Progress” is the culmination of Stovetop’s desire to spread not only his music to the masses but to promote positivity and spirituality as well.

“I like to have fun in my music,” said Stovetop, who built his following through his SoundCloud account, which has accumulated more than 200,000 streams. “I want it to be upbeat but at the same time have a decent message; that's the point of this project. I want to make music that I wouldn’t be ashamed to have my parents hear or that I wouldn’t have to turn off if my two-year-old walks in the room.”

“It’s easy to write club-bangers about women or getting crazy or whatever, but I wanted this project to be a little more encouraging mean something a little more than what rap is typically associated with. I love Jesus, I love hip-hop, and I love putting them together.”

Another theme behind “Work in Progress” is to show that no matter who you are and what you have accomplished, there is always more that can be done.

“No matter what you do in life, as a person — and I don’t just mean spiritually, physically, career-wise, you name it — you’re always a work in progress,” Stovetop said.

Over the 38-minute runtime, Stovetop encourages people to live their life to the fullest (“Bananas”), explains how to have fun on the dance floor without being provocative (“Feet Work”), never giving up (“Fighter”), rallying against secular materialism (“A.I.”), and more.

Stylewise, Stovetop has a hard time describing his musical style, but the lyricist is heavily influenced by both secular and Christian artists such as Andy Mineo, Drake, Lecrae, NF and tobyMac, a trait reflected by the extreme versatility on display in his burgeoning catalog.

While he has difficulty narrowing down a way to describe himself as an artist, he is adamant that Christianity, positivity, and encouragement are standard pillars of his music.

In addition to that, Stovetop works his day job at a non-profit ministry and runs a growing DJ business. He also loves to spend time with his expectant wife and 2-year-old son.

Direct download: Episode_044_-_Stovetop.mp3
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Professor Crow is a broken-hearted artist campaigning for change. His bold message reaches a broad and diverse audience. From people who've been to Princeton and even people who've been to Prison! People who go to church and people who go to the club! In a genre flooded with copycats, Professor Crow stands out like a sore thumb. With many supporters proclaiming “He sounds like no one I’ve ever heard.” Professor Crow could very well be what Hip-hop is praying for. After listening to his music it’s evident he is driven by a deep compassion and a past full of trying times. He seems to surf the sound waves with a Martin Luther King type of conviction. A man on a mission to change the world one song at a time!

Direct download: Episode_043_-_Professor_Crow.mp3
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