Stalley

Kyle Alfonso Myricks (born October 30, 1982), better known by his stage name Stalley, is an American rapper from Massillon, Ohio.

Stalley
Myricks performing in 2012
Myricks performing in 2012
Background information
Birth nameKyle Alfonso Myricks[1]
Born (1982-10-30) October 30, 1982 (age 38)
Massillon, Ohio, United States
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Years active2008–present
Labels
Associated acts

Music careerEdit

In 2008, Stalley made his mixtape debut, titled Goin Ape, with fellow Ohio-native rapper Terry Urban. In 2009, he followed with the release of the new mixtape, titled MadStalley: The Autobiography, and a newfound reputation as a force on stage.[2] Stalley attended the 2010 Iron Mic Competition in Beijing as the featured MC.[2]

2011–2017: Maybach Music GroupEdit

After Stalley signed a deal to Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group (MMG) label. Stalley has worked with producers Ski Beatz on the tracks, including "Address", "S.T.A.L.L.E.Y.", "Do It Big", and "Harsh Ave". Artist, named Rashad Thomas, was featured on album Lincoln Way Nights and a recording artist, named J. Rawls would be featured on the track "Babblin".[3]

Stalley was featured on Curren$y's Universal/Def Jam album Pilot Talk on the track "Address" (released in June 2010), as well as he featured on Ski Beatz's Universal/Def Jam projects– including 24 Hour Karate School and 24 Hour Karate School, Pt. 2.[3] In February 2011, Stalley completed a sports-themed music project, commissioned by ESPN, for future use in television and online programming.[4] Stalley's Lincoln Way Nights (released in February 2011) has received 130K+ downloads and reigned at number 2 for Bandcamp hip hop releases.[5] Lincoln Way Nights (released in November 2011) debuted at number 18 on the iTunes hip hop charts and has sold 4K+ copies.[5] Stalley also was featured on the Maybach Music Group albums, including Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, along with Rick Ross's mixtape Rich Forever. He also appeared on Ross' fifth studio album God Forgives, I Don't.[6]

His most recent mixtape Savage Journey To The American Dream (released in March 2012), which reached 100K downloads in the first week, and was featured as the Stereogum Mixtape of the Week and the Spin Rap Release of the Week (7 out of 10).[7] It was graded an XL by XXL, and HipHopDX awarded it 3.5 out of 5.[8][9] The mixtape almost entirely produced by Huntsville, AL underground veterans Block Beattaz. Stalley's debut retail single "Swangin" featuring Scarface, from his Honest Cowboy, released on March 26, 2013 reuses a beat from G-Side's namesake track "Swangin" off their 2008 album "Starshipz & Rocketz", also produced by Block Beattaz. The music video was released on July 9, 2013 and featured a cameo from Paul Wall.[10][11] On August 8, 2013, following of his mixtape's release, it was met with generally positive reviews from critics such as PopMatters.[12] After it was revealed, it received a nomination at the 2013's BET Hip Hop Awards for the "Best Mixtape Category".[13] After receiving a great response from his label, he released Honest Cowboy: EP to iTunes on September 17, 2013, which is on the same day as the release of the label's third compilation album Self Made Vol. 3.[14][15]

On August 22, 2014, Stalley announced his debut album, Ohio, and four days later, he announced October 27 as the release date.[16]

On August 21, 2015, almost one year since announcing his debut album, Stalley released a seven track mixtape, titled The Laughing Introvert.[17] On January 25, 2016, Stalley released his 7th mixtape titled Saving Yusuf.

2017–present: IndependentEdit

In 2017, Stalley released his second and third albums through Real Talk Entertainment, New Wave and Another Level. In an August 4 interview with Respect. magazine, he confirmed he was now independent.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Stalley is a Muslim.[19][20] When asked about his beard, he revealed he wanted something to grow with him as he grew as an artist, and "Second, I am a Sunni Muslim and it’s part of my religion and me reflecting on all the prophets and great men who had beards before me who were all wise and humbled in their ways of greatness."[21]

DiscographyEdit

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US R&B
US Rap
"Lincoln Way Nights" (Shop-Remix)[22]
(featuring Rick Ross)
2011 Lincoln Way Nights
"Swangin"[23]
(featuring Scarface)
2013 Honest Cowboy
"Jackin' Chevys" 2014 Ohio
"Always Into Something"
(featuring Ty Dolla Sign)
"One More Shot"
(featuring August Alsina and Rick Ross)

As featured artistEdit

List of singles as featured performer, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US R&B
US Rap
"Slow Down"[24]
(Torch featuring Meek Mill, Wale, Gunplay, Stalley and Young Breed)
2012 U.F.O. Vol. 2
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearancesEdit

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Address"[25] 2010 Curren$y Pilot Talk
"Do It Big"[26] Ski Beatz, The Cool Kids 24 Hour Karate School
"I Got Mines"[26] Ski Beatz, Tabi Bonney, Nikki Wray, Ras Kass
"S.T.A.L.L.E.Y."[26] Ski Beatz
"Cook Up"[27] 2011 Wale, Black Cobain, Tone P N/A
"The World Is Ours"[28] 2012 Rick Ross, Pharrell, Meek Mill Rich Forever
"Party Heart"[28] Rick Ross, 2 Chainz
"Slow Down"[29] Torch, Meek Mill, Wale, Gunplay, Young Breed U.F.O. Vol. 2
"Gentleman's Quarterly"[30] Ski Beatz 24 Hour Karate School Presents: Twilight
"Another Round" (Remix)[31] Rick Ross, Wale N/A
"Ten Jesus Pieces"[32] Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don't
"Tye Dye"[33] Chevy Woods N/A
"Love Sosa" (Remix)[34] 2013 Rick Ross
"Fuckin' Problems" (Remix)[35]
"Thot Street" 2014 Fat Trel Gleesh
"Chain Smokin'" 2015 Gunplay, Curren$y Living Legend
"5x A Day" 2016 Westside Gunn Hitler Wears Hermes IV
"Payout" Skyzoo, Apollo Brown The Easy Truth
"Hustle Route" 2017 Leeb Godchild N/A
"Peace of Mine" 2018 Gerald Walker, Rockie Fresh N/A

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ACE Repertory".
  2. ^ a b "Interview: Stalley Talks New Mixtape, His Maybach Music Group Crew, and Self Made Vol. 2". Complex. March 29, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Rick Ross Signs Stalley To Maybach Music Group". Complex. April 19, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  4. ^ "Stalley charts own course after basketball - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. March 10, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Lincoln Way Nights (Deluxe Version) by Stalley". Itunes.apple.com. November 8, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  6. ^ "iTunes - Music - God Forgives, I Don't (Deluxe Edition) by Rick Ross". Itunes.apple.com. July 31, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  7. ^ "Mixtape Of The Week: Stalley Savage Journey To The American Dream". Stereogum. April 11, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  8. ^ "Stalley, Savage Journey to the American Dream - XXL". Xxlmag.com. March 30, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  9. ^ Ortiz, Edwin (April 6, 2012). "Stalley - Savage Journey To the American Dream (Mixtape Review)". HipHop DX. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  10. ^ "iTunes - Music - Swangin (feat. Scarface) - Single by Stalley". Itunes.apple.com. March 26, 2013. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  11. ^ "Stalley Swangin Video Scarface". Complex. July 9, 2013. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  12. ^ "Stalley: Honest Cowboy". Popmatters.com. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  13. ^ Music News Desk. "MMG Rapper Stalley to Release 'Honest Cowboy' EP; Out, 9/17". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  14. ^ "iTunes - Music - Honest Cowboy by Stalley". iTunes. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  15. ^ "Maybach Music Group Talks 'Self Made 3' With Breakfast Club, Teases New Tour". Vibe.com. September 11, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  16. ^ Trevor Smith. "Stalley Announces Title Of Debut Album [Update: Release Date & Album Cover Revealed]". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  17. ^ Ken McLauchlin. "Stalley the Laughing Introvert New Mixtape". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  18. ^ "Trunk Muzik: An Interview With The Midwest Savior, Stalley". Respect-mag.com. August 4, 2017.
  19. ^ "MMG Stalley: How Ross discovered him. Speaks on being Muslim, on tour w/ Kendrick Lamar & more". YouTube. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  20. ^ "Stalley Reveals Progress On "Self Made Vol. 2," And His Relationship With Rick Ross". HipHopDX. May 11, 2012.
  21. ^ "Stalley: Man Plans and God Laughs". April 27, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  22. ^ "iTunes - Music - Lincoln Way Nights (Shop-Remix) [feat. Rick Ross] - Single by Stalley". Itunes.apple.com. October 24, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  23. ^ "iTunes - Music - Swangin (feat. Scarface) - Single by Stalley". Itunes.apple.com. March 26, 2013. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  24. ^ "iTunes - Music - Slow Down (feat. Meek Mill, Wale, Gunplay, Stalley & Young Breed) - Single by Torch". Itunes.apple.com. July 24, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  25. ^ Jeffries, David. "Pilot Talk – Currensy". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  26. ^ a b c Jeffries, David. "Ski Beatz – 24 Hour Karate School". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  27. ^ "New Music: Wale Ft. Stalley, Black Cobain x Tone P "Cook Up"". Rap Radar. June 2, 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  28. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Rich Forever – Rick Ross". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  29. ^ "New Music: Torch Ft. Meek Mill, Wale, Stalley, Gunplay & Young Breed "Slowdown"". Rap Radar. January 31, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  30. ^ "New Video: Ski Beatz x Stalley "Gentleman's Quarterly"". Rap Radar. December 14, 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  31. ^ "New Music: Rick Ross, Wale & Stalley "Another Round (Remix)"". Rap Radar. March 12, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  32. ^ Jeffries, David. "God Forgives, I Don't – Rick Ross". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  33. ^ "New Music: Chevy Woods x Stalley "Tye Dye"". Rap Radar. October 25, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  34. ^ "Rick Ross & Stalley "Love Sosa Freestyle". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  35. ^ "New Music: Rick Ross x Stalley "Fuckin' Problems (Freestyle)"". Rap Radar. February 7, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2013.

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