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Crocker / Press

"Stephen Crocker, the Spartanburg rapper who made headlines earlier this year when the city controversially removed him from the performance schedule for Spring Fling, is feeling vindicated these days. Lovelorn Records, the hip-hop label that he co-founded with Caleb Naquin in 2010, is set to celebrate its third anniversary with a concert Friday at The Showroom at Hub-Bub."

"Whether it’s his vocabulary or the enunciation of his r’s, South Carolina rapper Crocker drags his whiteness throughout the album, Catharsis. His slang and twang are comparable to that of Paul Wall’s, which makes good and perfect sense, being they’re both from the south."

"All are Greenville-based artists except for Crocker, the Spartanburg-based rapper who was controversially ousted from the entertainment schedule for this year's Spring Fling. “This festival is something I put together independent of the city of Greenville,” (Wes) Gilliam said. “There's no better way to epitomize that than to have someone like Crocker out there who was shunned by the city that he lives in.”

" The city of Spartanburg has removed a local rapper from the entertainment lineup for this weekend's annual Spring Fling. Stephen Crocker of Spartanburg was scheduled to perform on the Underground Stage at 5 p.m. Sunday. However, the city decided to cancel that performance after receiving multiple calls and emails from people who were concerned about whether the content of Crocker's music was appropriate for the family-friendly event."

"Crocker said he found it ironic that he was singled out for exclusion from Spring Fling, especially considering that the festival will feature such national acts as V.I.C. of “Wobble” fame. “If it says anything to me, it says that they're OK with exploiting black culture as long as it encourages apathy, drug usage and/or sexually suggestive dancing,” Crocker said. “And if you check the roster of the quote-unquote urban acts, you'll see (those elements) documented in their song repertories.”

"Stephen Crocker, who's known on stage as "Crocker", was set to perform on what's called the underground stage Sunday, but the city has pulled the plug. The city said they got a number of phone calls and emails so they made the final decision to cut his act."

"After it was all said and done, Crocker’s story was heard by thousands of people across the world thanks to “The Rise Guys” and the hundreds of people sharing the news articles over social media. A small group of people tried to silence an artist because of his views and wound up making his voice even louder. And that, my friends, is a story that makes me smile."

"Although casual rap fans who go for the newest club hit or radio ruler may not “get” Crocker, those with an affinity for hip hop will find much to dig into. From his fluid delivery to the incredible lo-fi beats that structure his songs, the Spartanburg native has made an intriguing debut and delivered a record worth talking about in the area’s still sparse hip hop scene."

"Hip hop spitter Crocker has shared this (Stephen's Fort Sumter Sing Along) indomitable, and cleverly cut short for our listening pleasures. Honestly, any spit that includes anything about “tea-bagging” gives me a sly smile and keeps my interest."

"Stephen Crocker has been an active participant in the Upstate hip-hop scene for the past seven years. The 24-year-old Spartanburg native (who performs under the name Crocker) has recorded a handful of edgy, underground rap albums, including his latest solo effort, “The Muta Scale.”

"Like many of hip-hop’s most memorable acts, Crocker casts a persona that is somewhat larger than life. Love him or hate him, at least you know him. He along with his group of like-minded individuals at Lovelorn Records have been a continual driving force for quality Upstate hip-hop over the past few years..."

"Dope shit from some homies from my home state of S.C. That’s what’s up." In reference to Crocker & The LoneGunmen's "The American Way" video

"A Hip Hop album lives or dies depending on how well the MC can put lines together. In that sense, this album is alive and well. Crocker applies his trademark style throughout the album..." - Review of Crocker & Prof. Logik's "Crocker Does Audible Palindrome."

"Some different shit coming out of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Not bad."

"He sounds like a less talented Eyedea."

"Crocker will “piss on your Lambo” and I wouldn’t even be mad at him even it was mine."

"In an age of phonies, Crocker keeps it real"

William Buchheit - Hometown News, Inc

"Within Spartanburg's burgeoning hip-hop scene, one rapper, Crocker, is hoping to stand out from the rest."

"I will go so far as to say that Crocker is a very promising performer."