For 2016, I’m going to try to get at least 2 posts a week, hopefully more. That means more Shots of That 100 Proof vs lengthier pieces. Which makes sense given that I have a hard time writing long pieces for music about which I have little to say. And that’s what is most often released. Hopefully that plan agrees with you. I’m not trying to simply get more “content” online, I want to say what I think about as many things as possible, and not every release deserves 1000+ words.
Stalley is best when talking about cars and/or drinking lean. This has been documented on Honest Cowboy. His ability to do other things was documented on his disappointing album, Ohio, where he ignored his slowed-down roots for the sake of blasé-ass hip-hop. Where I once thought that Ohio was a creative blunder, I not think that label expectations inspired that poor direction, because Stalley is right back to his old tricks on this likely expectation-less mixtape, The Laughing Introvert. Continue reading Shot of That 100 Proof: Stalley – The Laughing Introvert;→
I liked Honest Cowboy a lot. Well, I liked some of it a lot. I was probably much too positive in my review, but there are a few joints from that mixtape that I love. Swangin’ and Cup Inside a Cup showed Stalley in his lean sippin’, classic car pushin’ element, and A-Wax showed his emcee skills were well developed if not always engaged. Expecting progression, I had high hopes for Ohio, his major debut album. But since I’m talking about it during the Airing of Grievances, you can likely guess what happened to those hopes.
Disclaimer the first: I was born in northeast Ohio. In a little city named Elyria, to be exact. Stalley is also from that part of Ohio, about an hour away in Masillion. No, we don’t know each other. But my home-state bias is what drove me to Google after seeing him on Sway in the Morning.
Disclaimer deux: I’m reviewing the datpiff version of this EP. Amazon has another version with a few extra songs but it’s missing others that are the best on the whole EP. So if you choose to grab this, I suggest going to datpiff.
Stalley is the first national emcee (in my memory) in a long time to rep Ohio so vocally, which is just one thing I love about him. Another is that he’s very good at crafting dreamy, relaxed, good times. These moments, plus a few criminal songs, are Honest Cowboy at its best. Out of 11 tracks, only 4 really bore me or are bad. Yeah, not perfect, but that’s a pretty damn solid record.