& FRIENDS : "Ohio" Album Release
Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 8:30 PM EDT
(7:30 PM Doors)
Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights, OH
Numerous trailblazers call Ohio home. The state boasts a musical lineage that includes artists as diverse as The O'Jays, Bootsy Collins, Roger Troutman, Heatwave, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and Kid Cudi, most recently. Hailing from the tiny Ohio town of Massillon, Stalley proudly upholds that tradition of artistic innovation on his aptly titled full-length debut, Ohio. [Maybach Music Group/Atlantic Records].
Growing up in a city of 30,000, the rapper gravitated towards music at a very young age, immersing himself in multiple genres. His grandmother would clean the house to country songs playing on Massillon's sole radio station, while he would spin everything from Nas and Outkast to Bruce Springsteen and Travis Tritt in his bedroom. As a result of those diverse influences, he developed an inimitable style.
"It's Intelligent Trunk Music," he proclaims. "It's got those big hooks and sounds that you can vibe to, but it's also very conceptual and lyrical. You can enjoy it in the car, in the club, or in your headphones. At the same time, I wanted to tell you a story and show you my life."