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Stalley: Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music)

Clean. Intelligent. Smooth. Those are three words I’d use to describe the music of the Ohio native rapper named Stalley. If you haven’t heard yet, you’re truly missing out, especially if you are attentive to lyricism. Take a couple of minutes to hear one of my favorites from him; “Pound” :

 

It’s almost completely unnoticeable how he avoids curse words in his music. You may have a preferable style, but who doesn’t appreciate lyricism? There’s no dumbing down his choice of words by using “hoe, bitch, nigga” (etc, etc); he takes you to a higher level of thinking, which is what an artist is suppose to do.

I appreciate the creativity of today’s young mainstream artist who make their hits from catchy hooks and metaphors,but some of us need something deeper than that. Allow me to introduce another favorite named “Hard” :

 

You get a quality deal with this cat. Fresh, head nodding beats, clear and creative choice of words, a distinct style and image; there’s something for everybody! I may find favoritism with him because I automatically cling to the use of instruments like the bass trumpet in “Slapp” and even other sounds and instruments I haven’t heard before. Bottom line is it’s different and it works.

Signed to MMG, he’s rubbing elbows with other valued rappers such as Rick Ross, Wale, and Curren$y. ┬áHis mixtape “Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music) was already released last November, but it’s never too late to catch up on great music. It all speaks for itself.

“Brain waves of intelligence is what I send out” -Stalley. That you are, son.

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