You allow us this interview for your new album release “Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music)”. For those who don’t know you, can you, in a few words, talk about you, about your record?
Greetings, this is Stalley. I’m from Massillon, Ohio and Lincoln Way Nights is my ode to classic Midwest rap with a New York – where I now live – twist.
So, the 11 of January 2011 will “Lincoln Way Night (ITM)” be released. In 2009, you recorded “MadStalley: The Autobiography” mixtape which get back on your move from Massillon (Ohio) to New-York. What are you talking about on the new album? Is there any main theme? Why did you called it like that?
Lincoln Way is a street in Massillon where we used to spend Friday nights. Cruising, listening to music, you know just hanging. I wanted to bring that feel back, plus the big 808s of the music I grew up with. Thematically, I’m talking about everyday American life. Massillon is a blue collar town. My reality pushing toward my piece of the American dream is the theme. Plus, I take some opportunities to talk about what bothers me about rappers today.
We just mentioned your lyrics. How did the musical working out happened?
It’s been a long road. I’ve released a few different projects since I began taking music seriously. New York has brought a lot of opportunities and friendships that have pushed me forward.
Who’s part of “Lincoln Way Night (ITM)”?
My self and Rashad, who produced each and every track.
Damon Dash opened you his infrastructure. Did he have any direct influence on the artistic working out?
Dame is a great friend. He has opened the doors to DD172, which has certainly helped me grow as an artist. As far as artistic influence, he’s hands off. Lincoln Way Nights is all mine.
You worked with Creative Control for your clips. What is, for you, the link between image and music? Do you consider the clip as a promotional tool or as a different (or complementary) mean of expression?
Creative Control and the aid with visuals is a terrific promotional tool. Video is a tremendous means of expression, and one that allows me to express myself and my style beyond the music. My lyrics are also very visual – very descriptive – so I love to combine the senses of sight and sound.
Are you inspired by other arts? What have been your influences?
I am inspired by other writers. I am particularly fond of American authors like Hunter S. Thompson, a guy who I respect for his rebellious spirit and freewheeling nature. Great American song writers are always an influence too. Garth Brooks and Bruce Springsteen, how can you beat those dudes? Sailor Jerry, a tattoo artist who lived and worked in Hawaii is another influence. His bold tattoos and the way he lived his life just the same.
Well, a last question. Do you plan any european tour? What are you projects?
I will certainly be in Europe. I really look forward to performing in France. I hope to rock Marseilles. Of course, Paris is a must. And, I’d love to get up into the Alps as well.
(Interview by etc-stream for Ozarts Etc℠)