Who Is?/Official Hype Stella Standingbear - Moonstruck EP - Artwork

Published on June 3rd, 2024 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Who Is Stella Standingbear?: Pioneering Lakota Hip Hop Artist

I couldn’t let the clock strike midnight in my part of the world without shouting out an amazing artist I got to experience first on Instagram. This quick profile encapsulates the journey of Stella Standingbear from what I could discover on the fly and her achievements. My word is, that the universe is positioning her as a pioneering force in the music industry with a bright future ahead. Standingbear has a fire new single out now called “Rock The Boat” that dropped recently…I’m a bit late on the post is all I’ll confess to!

I haven’t had the chance to catch up with her yet, but this is just a salute to her and her hard work as well as that of her team…she literally appeared out of nowhere on my IG timeline and stopped me in my tracks…meet Stella Standingbear!

Stella Standingbear’s Groundbreaking Wins

As the first Lakota artist to secure two historic victories at the 2023 Indigenous Hip Hop Awards, Stella Standingbear’s ascent in the music industry is nothing short of remarkable. Winning Best Female Hip-Hop Artist and Music Video of the Year, she has solidified her influence on the culture and set a new standard for Indigenous representation in Hip Hop.

Early Life and Musical Journey

Hailing from Salt Lake City, UT, and now residing on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Stella Standingbear brings a unique blend of melodic alt-rap that has captivated a global audience. Her debut single, “Home Runs,” became a TikTok sensation and reached #1 on the NCI FM Indigenous Music Countdown, showcasing her broad appeal and musical versatility.

Stella’s Versatile Catalog

Stella’s music offers a rich tapestry of emotional and experiential expressions. Each track resonates on a personal level with her listeners, making her catalog diverse and relatable. Her work has earned her stage time with respected artists like Kirko Bangz, Montana of 300, Futuristic, KYLE, and Bizzy Bone, along with endorsements from Queen Latifah, Waka Flocka Flame, Paul Wall, and more.

Social Media Impact and Mainstream Recognition

Stella’s reach on social media is significant, with her remix “SKODEN” going viral across Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. Her presence in mainstream media is further cemented by features in Teen Vogue, indicating her growing influence in the industry. This is a version of the song clip that put me at full stop a while back…yeah, I said it’s a late post…let me be!

Upcoming Projects and Future Aspirations

Stella Standingbear continues to make waves with her latest music video, “Rock The Boat,” which takes viewers on a journey through New Mexico’s majestic landscapes. This video, featuring locations like Elephant Butte, Gathering of Nations Powwow, and U.S. Route 66, highlights her cultural roots and artistic vision. Stella is set to release her upcoming Moonstruck EP, which promises to elevate her status in the music world.

Video Credits: Directed by Anthony Ryan Johnson, Wardrobe, Hair, & Make-Up by Stefany Marie Songwriter: Stella Standingbear Music produced by: Adam Banx, Dancer: Atiya Joe, MGMT: Josh Martin

Stella Standingbear - Moonstruck EP - Artwork

Stella Standingbear – “Moonstruck” EP Cover Art

Don’t sleep, this is a must-watch artist imo and I’m excited to see what she’s got in store Presave: Moonstruck EP here.

You should also check out her November 23 culture feature in Teen Vogue by the incredible Kate Nelson to whom Strongbear states, “Music is Medicine…” It’s richly written and composed, but one would expect nothing less from the amazing Editor-in-Chief of Artful Living.

Title: Hip-Hop Artist Stella Standingbear is Shattering Stereotypes about Native American Sound (November 23, 2023 – Teen Vogue – https://www.teenvogue.com/story/stella-standingbear-profile / Nelson)

For more information about Stella Standingbear and her upcoming projects, visit her website. You can also check her out via her lively Instagram below…don’t forget to follow @StellaStandingbear



About the Author

Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, Media and SEO Consultant, Journalist, Ph.D. and retired combat vet. 2023 recipient of The President's Lifetime Achievement Award. Partner at THM Media Group. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, the United States Press Agency and ForbesBLK.

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