“Everyone's life is plagued by hardships, bumps in the road that can hinder one from achieving his/her own life's dreams, but it is what the person does with those hardships that defines his/her path in life.”
Wali Sultan’s message is meant to turn a tragic story into a triumphant victory. “Never let circumstances decide what your life is supposed to be. If you have a passion, fight for it, with a free mind and a free spirit!”
Wali Sultans’ music comes from his perspective of self-empowerment, realizing that every adversity you face is an opportunity to overcome and become more of a believer in your own self-worth. “This can’t be more true for Wali Sultan, who has dealt with the harsh reality of life from a young age.”
Wali Sultan Lundy was born on September 8, 1983 to Joanne and Brian Lundy in the urban neighborhood of New Brunswick, New Jersey. Wali is the youngest of four boys. Wali’s young life consisted of plenty of testing times. Loosing both his father and mother before the age of nine, Wali leaned a lot on music as his mentor through the roughest years in his early life. In 2006 Wali’s Eldest brother passed away suddenly and Wali said, “that’s what sparked my life long dream to become a music artist.”
Wali Sultan’s biggest influence in his music career to date would be his oldest brother now deceased, Shaheed Lundy. “He always made me listen to lyrics, even as a young boy he made me listen and pay attention to the lyrics.” Shaheed’s biggest impression on Wali’s young life was when he introduced him to Jay-Z’s first album, Reasonable Doubt. “Just the lyrics and the word play from bar to bar on that album, and how Jay-Z put every song together! Reasonable Doubt is classic to me and a major reason I fell in love with Hip-Hop.”
Throughout Wali Sultan’s life he has had many accomplishments, some of his biggest accomplishments to date have been in sports. Wali Sultan earned a full scholarship to the University of Virginia for playing football in 2002. Where he quickly became noticed not only for his on the field play, but also for his passion for music!
Wali Sultan has been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated On Campus, highlighting his aspiration to become both an NFL player as well as a musician. He was later featured in the Bleacher Report, again capturing his lifelong dream of breaking into the music industry following a brief stint in the National Football League playing for the Houston Texans. “Music is my therapy, it’s a way to get out all of my deepest thoughts and frustrations.”
Wali Sultans’ current EP This Is Me consists of thought-provoking lyrics capturing many of his own life struggles and his views on life’s adversities. From the title track, “This is Me,” which expresses Wali Sultan’s own experience of losing everything he gained following his football career, to “Think Too Much,” where he emphasizes the social issues that our urban youth fall victim to every day, Wali Sultan brings a voice to the perpetual cycle of life that we all can relate to on some level. Whereas, “Equality” addresses doing whatever it takes to gain equal opportunities for everyone. “This Is Me” shares many personal lessons learned in life, but lessons we all can learn from and appreciate.
“Wali Sultan’s music brings a new and invigorating meaning to conscious music, combining thought-provoking lyrics with a classic hip-hop vibe.”