Known by many as “the hip-hop trumpeter,” Silas Stapleton III (better known as SilaS) combines jazz, gospel, R&B, funk, and hip-hop to create a undeniably distinct sound.  Born Silas Stapleton III in Jackson, MS, the hip-hop artist exploded in popularity far beyond his hometown with the release of his 2015 single, “Gullah Gullah Island.”  With more than 700,000 Spotify plays and 122,000 YouTube views, the politically-charged yet Nickelodeon-inspired single took on a life of its own and brought SilaS national attention.  “Over a neck-snapping backdrop provided by Donchedidit, the Jackson rhymeslinger gets busy with utopian thoughts of an all-black island,” wrote Vibe Magazine.

2016 saw the release of SilaS’ debut album, The Day I Died, and an extensive tour through the southeastern U.S.  Currently, SilaS continues to perform across the country, bringing his lyrical delivery, nostalgic references, and unique blend of hip-hop to audiences everywhere.

Touring Highlights

  • Suede Lounge (Atlanta, GA)
  • Cafe Coco (Nashville, TN)
  • The Warehouse (Houston, TX)
  • The Office (Lafayette, LA)
  • The Hi-Ho Lounge (New Orleans, LA)
  • Cafe Istanbul (New Orleans, LA)
  • Chizuko (Pensacola, FL
  • The Nick (Birmingham, AL)


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“[The Day I Died] connects on a very personal level; you’ll find yourself being able to relate to every track. The album is filled with references to childhood innocence, Saturday morning cartoon blocks, anime references and classic video game samples.” – The Hood Hippie

“There is something to be admired when it comes to an artist comfortable in their own skin. Fearless storytelling is something you do not get a chance to experience regularly…. By fusing elements of jazz, gospel, R&B, funk, and hip-hop, SilaS is a young man content with doing anything outside of the norm.  Sticking to his own honest brand of music has the Jackson, MS product making waves.” –

“With a skillful use of his voice, beats borrowed from popular artists new and old, and his trumpet, SilaS concocts a rap-music experience that delves into his personality and lifestyle….While adding a hint of personality to every metaphor, the emcee takes his battle-rhyme style to another level.” – Jackson Free Press