Joey Stylez, real name Joseph LaPlante, has opened up about his
own experiences with drugs and alcohol - and how those experiences
robbed him of happiness but he's not ashamed of his past. He wants
to use it to empower the people. "We are not the things we've done,
but the things that we think about consistently. When inner pain is
not dealt with, it can become something that propels alcohol and drug
abuse," said Stylez.
Describing himself as "a person who could have been a statistic,"
the entertainer said, "At this point, I have everything to
live for. There is not an experience of moods that stay for long.
I don't believe that a person is his or her emotions; it's how they
choose to deal with them. For myself, I like to get creative and
immerse myself in my work. I channel my energy into my work whether
it is art, writing, business or whatever. I utilize mindfulness
for wellness and that keeps me grounded."
Most recently, in 2017, JOEY STYLEZ won the award for Best Rap
and Hip Hop Album for his album "#GREYMAGIC".
Stylez has undergone a shift of mindset through the years and
since the birth of his son in 2016, it gave his life meaning. In
his song "The Oath", from his award-winning album "#GREYMAGIC",
Stylez writes about his son being his world and the love he feels
in his heart. Joey has no doubts that a person can control their
thoughts and utilize techniques of wellness for body, mind, and
spirit to become happy and live without numbing themselves. He said,
"Everyone deserves to be happy and I feel like far too many people
rely on a source outside of themselves."
Joey Stylez "The Starchief". This is his upcoming album,
which will be released in April 2018. "I have a lot of friends,
brothers, and sisters that grew up without parents or encouragement
in their life so that's where this album title comes from", he said.
He said, "They used to call me the Chief of the North, now they
call me The Starchief."
This will be his 4th studio album and something that he hopes
will elevate First nations people and all people of the color wheel.
In his hit-song "Save Your Soul ($Y$), there is a line that says
"One day all the colors will blend, we'll fix the heart of every
When asked about the colonization of indigenous people, he reflected
more generally on his life experiences, stating: "I think getting
back to our cultural beliefs and our own personal beliefs is powerful.
Instead of being forced what to say, do, think, how to act, we're
living in a time of spiritual awakening for indigenous people. What
has been happening for the last hundreds of years is terrible, but
indigenous people uniting and making their voices heard is something
that can help propel this generation and our future generations
out of bondage and slavery."
When asked about the bad times in life he said, "I'm perfectly
fine with people judging me based on my past because I'm not that
person. I'm always changing as a human being. Gratitude for today,
for life, and even the horrible stuff you know, is so important.
There is a lot of satisfaction about looking back at those things.
It's created who I am and that person is always capable of change
and growth. That's why I created the artist name Joey Stylez with
a 'z' to represent the different styles I incorporate into my music,
life, and art"
Stylez was discussing his retail company
Stressed Street and he feels very optimistic and genuinely
enthusiastic about the future. People all around the world
are starting to take notice of "Stressed Street" and they
are aligning with a lot of talents in different avenues.
Joey Stylez "The Starchief" album
will be available in April 2018.