Six months after beginning his journey with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group, the label's Ohio artist Stalley finally releases his new mixtape, Savage Journey to the American Dream.
Mixed by Young Guru, the 14-track mixtape features appearances from the likes of Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill, Curren$y, 2 Chainz, Avriel Epps, and Anthony Flammia with production from The Block Beattaz, Soundtrakk, Chuck Inglish, and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes.
"It's the most album-sounding project for me as far as the music goes," Stalley said of the new tape. "[People] are going to see the growth lyrically, musically, production-wise. There are definitely some surprises on there. But it's still Stalley, it's still that Intelligent Trunk Muzik vibe to it."
Following his critically-acclaimed Lincoln Way Nights album in 2011, the former collegiate basketball player has been serving up an assortment of music in his "Songs by Me, Stalley" series to preface the release.
"The American Dream is something I'm still struggling to define," the rapper says on the inspiration behind the mixtape's title. "When I was younger, my dream was to be a professional basketball player as a way out of a small town. You hear stories about people leaving their town to follow their dreams and 'make it.' I wanted to make it. But for me, personally, my dreams shifted because injuries prevented me from becoming the athlete I wanted to be. Now my goals are totally different. I'm still in pursuit of the 'American Dream', and one day I'll define it."
The theme carries over into its artwork, designed by artist Patrick Martinez who used his signature neon works to symbolize the twisted and broken roads on the long journey towards the elusive "American Dream."
1. "Savage Journey"
2. "Petrin Hill Peonies"
3. "Route 21"
4. "Hammers Vogues" - ft. Curren$y
5. "Lover's Lane" - ft. Anthony Flammia
6. "Home To You" - ft. Wale & Anthony Flammia
7. "Island Hopping" - ft. Avriel Epps
9. "Everything New"
10. "Seen It All"
11. "Hell's Angels American Heathens" - ft. Rick Ross
12. "Live At Blossom"
13. "BCGMMG Remix" - ft. Rick Ross & Meek Mill
14. "Party Heart" - ft. Rick Ross & 2 Chainz