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    Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:55:59

    Album of the Week: Stalley – "Ohio" - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    There's only one Stalley in hip-hop. That's what makes Ohio so potent, punchy, and powerful. He can ease back on a jazz-y beat and go bar-for-bar with Nipsey Hussle on "What It Be Like", and then he can tell a heartbreaking family story on "Problems" all while keeping each hook catchy. The essence of Ohio lives inside Stalley's fascinating storytelling.

    While Rick Ross delivers his signature bravado amidst on August Alsina hook, Stalley makes "One More Shot" an impressive rap-a-thon punctuated by his devotion and dexterity. One of many standouts "Always Into Something" drops a booming beat in between one of Ty Dolla $ign's most infectious refrains, that says a lot mind you, and undeniable, unique, and unrestrained rapping from Stalley. Then, there's "3:30pm", which feels like the right time for another anthem.

    This whole ride through his home state leads up to the dreamy De La Soul-featuring "Navajo Rugs". It shows a different side of Stalley altogether from the intelligent and inspiring tales of Midwest struggle. In fact, it blasts off to outer space.

    By the time the journey ends, you want to begin it again. Ohio isn't just the place for rap now; it's one of the year's best albums. Meet one of the game's new leaders…

    Rick Florino
    11.03.14


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