Stalley Talks New EP, Nike's 'Blessing,' Rick Ross as a 'True Fan'
Maybach Music Group nurtures a mishmash of personalities with Stalley's being the most idealistic of the crew. By now, rap fans are at least somewhat familiar with his background. The Massillon, Ohio native had a solid fanbase overseas before Rick Ross welcomed him and gave him the certifiable MMG stamp of approval. Still, even with the wholehearted backing of the label head, some followers of the culture doubt Stalley's ability to fit in with the boisterous spirit and gilded one-liners Rozay and company are known for. What the naysayers don't know is that the rhymer is always at ease and right at home -- if anything, the MMG pendant, heavy on his chest, just signifies where home is.
Believe it or not, Stalley's been surpassing career goals consistently for years. He's been rapping for less than five years and has managed to release three critically acclaimed projects and sign to one of hip-hop's most heralded imprints in recent years. The release of his latest, Savage Journey to the American Dream, has fans eager for his official debut album, slated for arrival in October. The BoomBox caught up with him to talk about European love, Nike believing in his vision, the tentative title of his new EP and Rick Ross' hands-off work ethic.
You've stated your reasons for titling your mixtape Savage Journey to the American Dream were based on trying to figure out the next goal after reaching "the dream." Do you feel fulfilled in having achieved your American Dream?
Have I? Is that what you're asking? Nah... And that's the saddest part of it. I feel like, as individuals or as humans, we're always looking for something after the accomplishment, you know. We could always say that we want a million dollars, or we want one championship,