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Stalley Rides Solo on ‘Tell the Truth Shame the Devil’

Stalley always fit like the round piece of a square puzzle within Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group. He’s spent his…

Stalley always fit like the round piece of a square puzzle within Rick RossMaybach Music Group. He’s spent his career flirting with flash; seemingly content with his 6th man status while the rest of the Maybach roster were pushed that extra mile towards chart success. His new EP, Tell the Truth Shame the Devil, showcases Stalley stepping out on his independent shit and he results are pure fire.

Tell the Truth Shame the Devil boxes Stalley out of his comfort zone and strays far from the Midwestern soul sampling that has become a trademark of his work. The project is produced entirely by Supah Mario, the former janitor-turned producer with credits from Drake to Young Thug. Mario maximized Stalley’s lyrical power by laying instruments over trap drums, creating a cohesive atmosphere rather than relying on trap’s frenetic monotony that has nearly played itself out in 2017.

The project kicks off with the gritty “1 Deep (Solo)”, Stalley’s glorious middle finger salute to the corporate world. He’s firing shots at what can only be perceived as his previous employers over a ferocious beat. “These niggas full of lies, I got trust issues. And I ain’t sending shots, I’m sending scud missiles. No subliminal’s, directly in your fuckin’ face. No back and forth banter; I do the Porsche, Phantom. I ran my course granted, I been lappin’ you niggas since the jet landed.” Shots fired.

Stalley quickly finds his footing on “Jean Jacket” where he spits, “artists nowadays is new slaves, trying to appeal to the Masters, tap dancin’ to get a check, who can run to it faster.” This obvious frustration with the label process provides a firm backbone for the entire EP; exploring the notion that the independent grind pays out exactly what you put in.

“My Line” featuring Migos is the EP’s true single. The song rides a predicable wave and has all the makings of a run of the mill release in 2017, but doesn’t wear out its welcome with multiple listens. Migos bring the star quality to a track that will likely introduce Stalley’s Blue Collar Gang mentality to a brand new audience. His fans may argue that the Migos connection doesn’t gel straight away; but it plays like a brilliant business move for a rapper who is clearly tired of playing the sidelines.

Whether or not Stalley finds his pot of gold is yet to be seen. His catalog is strong, his fan base is loyal, and his live show is on point; yet he’s still lurking inches from the spotlight. Tell the Truth Shame the Devil is a swing for the fences, employing some very familiar tricks that have made less talented rappers a boatload of cash. Trap-Stalley might be a blip on his career radar, but who can be mad at the man for chasing a bag?

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I’ve brought this up pretty much every time I share this guys shit, but the songs are always standalone even without the visual treatment. Subtract the video, and the track itself is fun as hell, filled with his usual brand of nerdery, intertwined with a plethora of penis punchlines and puns, like how she calls his D “ridiculous,” or how he’s not British but has a “BBC.”

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Vast Aire & COSMIQ Tease Upcoming EP With New Single

The free EP drops on Thanksgiving Day

Vast Aire (Cannibal Ox) and producer COSMIQ dropped a brand new single called “Shadow Dancer” on Halloween day — in advance of the Thanksgiving release of their long-awaited EP Live From The Aireport FreEP. Sponsored by UndergroundHipHopBlog, the critically acclaimed MC is dropping a handful of additional singles leading up to the release. “Blessings to my true fans,” Vast wrote via the new single’s YouTube.

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In an interview earlier this year, Vast and COSMIQ told AAHH about the upcoming EP. “I would look at it as Live From The Aireport FreEP is just a series of dope new records from [my crew] IGC, and all the people connected to IGC,” COSMIQ said. “Just giving fans a window into what we’ve been working on.”

Vast added “The EP is on a similar wavelength [as the upcoming album], but it’s not all COSMIQ … [he] will be on it, and he’ll be helping to guide it, but it’s not gonna be all him. I’m gonna have guest producers, and there’s gonna be more interaction with different MCs.”

The duo promise the impending album, Aireplane, will be cinematic in nature, with multiple layers of complex rhyming sure to make real heads — and longtime fans — swoon. That is set to dro this winter (though no exact date is confirmed). For now, we can look forward to Live From The Aireport FreEP this Thanksgiving.

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