Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Stalley Makes Music For His Ohio Hometown To 'Ride Out To'

'This is something I wanted to give back,' rapper tells Mixtape Daily about Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music).
By Jayson Rodriguez

Photo: Jan Ferrer

Main Pick
Street King: Stalley

Holding It Down For: Massillon, OH

Mixtape: Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music)

Real Spit: Stalley is a hometown hero. He might have moved out of his home state of Ohio, first by taking a scholarship to play hoops at the University of Michigan then later at Long Island University. But his heart never left Massillon, a blue-collar town bred on basketball and football dreams.

For his latest project, Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music), he recruited a fellow Ohioan, producer Rashad, and the two created the soundtrack to Massillon's night life.

"It's paying homage to my hometown, and in my hometown there's a street called Lincoln Way that everyone cruises on Friday and Saturday nights, showing off the cars, whether it's an old muscle car or a new-school paint-up car with a loud system. This is something I wanted to give back, as far as a music project, for that strip. Something that people can actually ride out to or be that soundtrack to that journey."

Start it up.

Joints to Check For
» "She Hates the Bass": "A lot of people like to drive old-school cars where I'm from," Stalley said. "They have systems tuned and popping. That's what I'm giving them. I'm giving them something they can ride from but also listen to and learn from."

» "See the Milq From My Chevy": "There's a theme to it, the project. The best way I can describe it is 'intelligent trunk music,' " he explained. "There's a lot of concepts, a lot of lyrics, a lot of hard work in it. So, what I'm giving them is putting that sound, that 808, that slap, trunk music [into a bigger picture]."

» "Lincoln Way Nights (Shop)": "Where I'm from, it's a small city built on steel factories and the railroad industry," Stalley said. "It's blue-collar and a lot of toughness around, so that's what's in my music. I just want to paint that picture and bring to life a small city that may be overlooked. There's a lot of small cities that are over looked that have a big responsibility on the way America runs."

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