It’s early October and MMG rapper Stalley has invited us to hear his debut album OHIO once again. This time, instead of sitting in the back of a tricked out Cadillac, we’re smack in the middle of an industry celebration for Double M’s Man of the Hour. Stalley’s album listening party speaks volumes to who he is and what his core fan base is about. The eclectic, retro ’90s “around the way” girls dripping in camo, Air Jordans and gold bamboo earrings are a great contrast to the notable media hip hop heads that can’t stop checking emails, Twitter or the ‘Gram.
Bobby Shmurda fills the air and rings off before the mood music changes at Coopers Classic Car shop on the West Side of Lower Manhattan. Once the garage door opens, Stalley arrives in, what else, but a candy painted ol’ school. Massillon’s favorite son is all daps and hugs, addressing the crowd with a warm welcome. Tracks from his album play, but what’s most notable is the energy. Stalley’s Blue Collar Gang homies hit the center of the floor and surround him with lyrics and love. Tonight is about both the music and Stalley’s emergence. Sure, he’s a rapper, but for a brief moment he’s heralded, gawked at and mobbed like he just won MVP of the NBA Finals.
This is his moment.
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