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Cleveland MMA fighter, rapper R-Stonze premieres new song ‘Death In Front of Me’

September 12, 2018

Cleveland MMA fighter, rapper R-Stonze premieres new song ‘Death In Front of Me’

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Rapper Ryan Whetstone (aka R-Stonze) sees the good and bad in the city on his newest song “Death In Front Of Me.”

The track is a collaboration with fellow Cleveland rapper Young Vitto. Whetstone said it was inspired by the death of friend and fellow rapper Malik Williams, aka “Dolla,” which occurred earlier this year.

“The City of Cleveland is a beautiful city, but it’s also real violent in certain areas. Me and [Young Vitto] were just talking about things we’ve experienced, people we’ve lost. The inspiration for this song is from those events,” said Whetstone. “Not just for us though, there are a lot of people that can relate to that, not even in a violent way. Everyone has lost someone whether it’s a family member or a friend.”

The new song will appear on an upcoming R-Stonze EP, due out on Sept. 21. Listen to “Death In Front Of Me” below.

The process of creating “Death In Front Of Me” was organic for Whetstone and Young Vitto. “Usually when I’m used to making songs, I’ll sit down and start writing and writing until it’s complete and finished,” said Whetstone. “Now, I try to start writing a song and when I get stuck, I leave it alone and go live life and come back.”

Creating music has been a part of Whetstone’s life for the past 15 years. He’s been putting together songs since he was a teenager, originally creating humorous covers of rap songs about food at school. When he turned 15 or 16, he taught himself how to mix and master his work with computer programs.

Now 31, Whetstone is continuing to release new material regularly – but he’s involved in more than just music. Whetstone is also pursuing a masters in information management, and trains as a professional mixed martial arts fighter.

Whetstone trains at StrongStyle gym in Independence – the same gym used by UFC Champion Stipe Miocic and UFC fighter Jessica Eye. Whetstone said he competed in the 2015 USA Open for Team USA in martial arts.

His various interests intersected earlier this month, when Whetstone’s song “Haunting Me” was used as an entrance song for professional Muay Thai fighter Ognjen Topic.

The song appears on Whetstone’s album “Angels & Demons,” which Whetstone released on July 13. (Just one day before the birth of Whetstone’s son, Ryan Jr.)

Check out Topic’s fight entrance below.

Whetstone hopes to bring his music to the stage in the near future, playing shows at local venues around town. His upcoming EP can be found on all major platforms, including Spotify, iTunes and Deezer, on Sept. 21.
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