Stalley’s “Saving Yusuf” Mixtape Is A Return To His Soulful Slap (Mixtape)

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For several years, Stalley has excelled in creating what he has dubbed “Intelligent Trunk Music.” As the name suggests, the sound is characterized by Stalley’s own brand of thoughtful lyrics, enveloped in car-rattling soulful beats. When Stalley signed to Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group, the contrast in the two MCs’ lyrical content left some scratching their heads about the fit, but Ross has always had a penchant for hard-hitting soulful beats, as well, and Stalley’s messaging remained consistent with his work of the past.

On his new mixtape, Saving Yusuf, Stalley turns to some of his most trusted sonic craftsmen in Rashad, who played a vital role on the Ohio MC’s vaunted mixtape Lincoln Way Nights, as well as The Block Beattaz, who handled the lion’s share of Stalley’s Savage Journey To The American Dream. The producers have played roles on a number of the MC’s projects. Stalley opens the aperture to other producers, as well, including Re, Ceez, FKI and Black Diamond, but the sounds remain cohesive throughout.

Stalley holds down the majority of the MC’ing on his own, but is joined by Big K.R.I.T., Chuck Inglish and a few others on select tracks. The entire mixtape is available for stream and download below.

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