The Evolution of Stalley
This is the year Stalley debuted his mix tape titled ‘Going Ape’. The following year he released ‘MadStalley: The Autobiography‘ over jazz-hop beats by Madlib. Stalley purposely avoided rap’s “money, guns and hoes” cliches, but the content of “The Autobiography” was particularly meaningful for him.
He stated in an interview with Alive “That was more of a strategic mixtape. I picked the production specifically to fit what I was trying to do. Since I had more eyes and ears on me, I was trying to relay that story and show that transition from a small town of Massillon to New York”
Stalley signed a deal to Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group (MMG) label in 2011. He worked with producers Ski Beatz on a few tracks, including Address, S.T.A.L.L.E.Y., Do It Big, and Harsh Ave. I always liked Stalley as an MC, but I never thought MMG was a good fit for him or Wale.
Stalley continued to write and release music, and by 2017 he had released 7 mix tapes and one album. Critical reception for his debut album ‘Ohio’ was positive. Commercially, it did OK. The album debuted at number 35 on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 10,246 copies in the United States.
In 2017, Stalley released his second and third albums through Real Talk Entertainment, ‘New Wave’ and ‘Another Level’. In the summer of the same year, he announce he was independent.
He’s done a few interviews addressing his departure from MMG, but he always maintained there was no love lost between himself and Rick Ross. He explained that he was an independent artist before signing to MMG, and enjoyed the freedom and power that comes from independence.
Just recently he was on Sway In The Morning, and talked about his faith as a Sunni Muslim and how it impacts his lifestyle and his music. He also spoke on his new project ‘Reflection of Self: The Head-Trip’ that comes out Friday.
They played two tracks off the new project, and it sounds like the Pre-MMG Stalley. What I’ve witnessed so far is not really evolution. It’s more like the Ohio MC going back to his roots. I like it. What are you thoughts?
Please support this brother. His album will be available Friday on all platforms including Apple Music.