Givenchy Antez Royal known widely by his stage name Statz 441 was born in St. Petersburg, FL, four years after the launch of a revolutionary Music Video Channel, now called MTV and the same year Hip Hop seemed to take it’s firm and everlasting place in the world. Touched by music early in life Statz grew up listening to groups from the Temptations to Public Enemy, he knew early on that he wanted to be a performer. At the tender age of 9 his mother made a strategic move that would change his life forever. She uprooted Statz and his older brother and moved them to the small town of Okeechobee, FL. Which boast the Infamous highway 441 that runs thru his hometown of Okeechobee, FL. Statz quickly became known as one of the cities’ best rappers.
At the tender age of 12 Statz released his first album, “2 Hot 2 Handle” gaining much success of the “2 Hot 2 Handle” Album Statz then followed up with highly anticipated 1999 street album “Rhyme-A-Nator”. In 2002 Statz released his self titled EP which boast songs such as “Novacane”, “Flexin”, and “XO”. In 2003, he signed his first record deal with Brown Entertainment based out of Atlanta.
Unfortunately, Statz 2003 record deal with Brown Entertainment didn’t pan out as expected and he parted ways with them in 2004 never releasing “Royal Empire” which was set to be his first in store album. Statz however did release his mixtape called “Crown Royal” which became one of his best selling mixtape projects and is still recognized as a classic. In 2006 he formed an Independent Label, F.R.A.T.T. House Ent. under which he released two albums, “StatzCounty FL” one of his highest selling Independent projects to date and “Devil’s Jacket”. In 2007 Statz also released the single “I Swang” an received an overwhelming 70,000 downloads.
In 2008 Statz 441 along with managers Big Snap, DJ Blazin Hell, and hip hop legend Super Lover Cee started a new Independent brand entitled “Swerve Music”. Working hard under his Independent Label Statz 441 dropped a highly anticipated mixtape entitled “441 A Gallon”. With lead off singles “Outta Here” featuring four time Grammy winner Lil Wayne and “Fire” , “441 A Gallon” was considered a classic. Statz has worked with some of the best in the game from artists such as Lil Wayne to the The Nappy Roots, Atozzio, Jackie Chain, Jokaman, Don Money & Keni Myles.
In Late 2009 Statz, Big Snap, and Ricky Runway resurrected the F.R.A.T.T. House Entertainment imprint. This time with a new roster of artists and a new staff. This time around the F.R.A.T.T. is stronger than ever. Siding with E1 Entertainment in Feb of 2010 the three business men began working non stop. Statz began working on his first in store album “The Overture” in September 2010 (releasing in 2011) and has not looked back.
I guess it’s safe to say that we should be keeping some “statz” on Statz 441. When we last checked in on him he was working with the hottest Artist,Producers & DJ’s both in the U.S. and Oversea’s. As a Fleet Dj’s and Certified Dj’s exclusive artist, he’s already touched The UK, Spain, Belgium, NY, CA, LAS VEGAS, FL, DC, VA, ATL, HOUSTON AND HIS LIST GOES ON.
People seem to always ask, with such a strong given birth name Givenchy Antez Royal why go by the street name Statz 441? Answering ever so thoughtfully Statz 441 says he’s making his mark on the music world putting up his “STATZ” in the music game…. and when the world is ready for him you will meet Givenchy Antez Royal.