Willie Bakis

Will Thomiz: Making a Statement with the Statement

My first Salute to Stamford post goes out to my younger brother Willie. Growing up, we shared just about everything: a room, clothes, bikes, you name it. One thing that we still share is a taste in music. Our parents raised us on classic rock and oldies, which are both awesome in their own ways, but it just wasn’t cutting it with us. We needed to find a type of music that we can listen to and enjoy. That’s when I went to Coconuts (now AT&T) and bought my first rap CD.

Even though we really had no idea what Eminem was talking about when we first heard The Slim Shady LP (mind you, we were 9 and 7), we knew right away that rap was “dope”. When we were in our teens, that’s all we listened to. I even caught my mom bumping Ludacris’ “Area Codes “when she was our religion teacher at church. Regardless, we knew that rap was a part of our lives, and we wanted to be a part of it.

I’m not gonna lie, I used to rap. Started as poetry, but evolved into rap once I started listening to it more. In college, I rapped under the name “Philly Blunts” given to me by a friend who used to roll up in a Philly cigar. I guess you can say that it’s another thing that my brother and I share: the ability to write rhymes. He’s been writing raps for I’d say 4 years now, releasing his first mix tape The Statement when he was 18. The mix tape included freestyles over instrumentals from popular songs at the time such as “Rack City” and “5 O’clock in the Morning” as well as beats made by DJ DKemp, one half of the Kromatics.

Contrary to many rappers out there nowadays, Willie, aka Will Thomiz, has good lyrical content. His ability to switch from rapping about partying and women to telling a story over a beat is something that you don’t find too often with those who try to make it. Not only that, but his punch lines and ad-libs are creative and most of the time make you have to rewind the track to pick up pieces you didn’t get before.

Overall, I think that Willie has a lot of skill and is very passionate about his rhymes. Who knows? Maybe one day his lyrics will flow through the ears of someone well-known and give him a shot at something bigger. No matter what though, he’s got skill, and could definitely put Stamford on the map in the rap game.

To hear some of Will’s music, check out the link to his SoundCloud.

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