Today, July 24, is the birthday of Atlanta rapper Stat Quo.Born Stanley Benton in Atlanta, Georgia, Stat had every intention of making the most of his education and becoming a lawyer until fellow rhymer and Geto Boy Scarface convinced him otherwise. When Stat decided to focus on the rap game full time, Eminem and Dr. Dre discovered the young MC through his Underground Atlanta
mixtape series around 2003. They subsequently signed Stat to both Shady Records and Aftermath Records, making him only the second artist after 50 Cent to have that double contract. Though Stat was riding high off the hype and had the talent to back it up, complications pushed back his debut album, Statlanta
for almost a decade. After parting ways with Shady and Aftermath, Stat finally
in 2010 under Sha Money’s newly minted label
, Dream Big Ventures. In between working with Wiz Khalifa and creating the duo FUPM
with Creekwater, Stat followed up his debut with ATLA: All This Life Allows, Vol. 1
in 2014.Happy Birthday, Stat Quo!