Stephen “Night Train 357” Wilkes is a creative emcee that enjoys infusing wordplay with unique subject matter not often touched upon in the Hip-Hop community. Night Train 357 (Train) is the representative for the everyman. Not hood, nor rich – he’s in the middle, trying to make it through this world like everyone else. He tells stories with a twist, constantly reminding the listener how the average can become above average. He’s a breath of fresh air, a change from the mundane, and the cure for the common cool.
Train began his career as an emcee while studying at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington DC. It started as an attempt to find another way to express his creativity during a difficult time in his life. The death of his father (The original Night Train 357, his namesake and a talented writer and bass guitarist) toppled with the stress from home, work and school forced him to find a new outlet for creative expression. He began to write while performing at open mics in the local DC Metro Area, building a name for himself as an offbeat energetic performer with an old school lyrical style that was influence by mainstream and underground Hip-Hop of the mid-to-late 90’s.
Train has performed with the likes of Black Sheep, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna, Slick Rick and Biz Markie.