Sure Stalley lives in New York City nowadays, but he apparently never got the memo that he had to “take his talents” elsewhere or completely abandon his home state to find success. No, Stalley perpetually keeps the crooked Cleveland “C” logo glued to his dome and drops his much-anticipated Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music) mixtape co-sponsored by Mishka, XXL, Highsnobiety, DD172 and TSS. Recorded and produced entirely in Columbus by Rashad, the project comes with a Block-O seal of approval. The tape’s leaks – from the redefined thump of “Slapp” to the sly cymbal crashes of “Hercules” – have all hit Jim Thome-sized home runs, further cementing his growing importance as the state’s next big wordsmith.
Strap your seatbelts because Stalley’s about to rev the engine on his souped-up box Chevy, hopefully allowing Lincoln Way Nights to make “S-T-A-double L-E-Y” just as recognizable as “O-H-I-O.”