Cameron Giles is not the only rapper who used to get it in Ohio. Stalley, the Blue Collar Gang founder and Maybach Music Group member still puts on for the Double O despite having lived in New York for years now. Well, that's not entirely true. A more accurate way of putting it would be that he still reps Ohio even though he's been living on the road for the past few years.
Such is life when you're a part of rap's most visible collective, MMG. Their boss Rick Ross hit a pretty rough patch after the debacle that was his verse on Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O." but Wale's album topped Billboard this past June while Meek Mill's Dream Chasers 2 broke Datpiff.com with 2.5 million downloads, setting a record for the site. And of course Stalley is releasing his first mixtape since last year's Savage Journey To The American Dream today. Honest Cowboy finds the Midwest native concentrating on making his presence felt around the world. Most critics are on board, often hailing Stalley as MMG's true lyricist, but his popularity still pales in comparison to radio mainstays like Meek Mill and Wale.
We sat down with Stallley to ask him, among other things, if it bothered him that he hadn't reached the popularity of some of his label mates. As always, he had some thoughtful insight to share about that as well as his overall position at the label. Savage Journey indeed.More »