The bearded MC, who released his mixtape, Savage Journey to the American Dream, in March, traveled south to Atlanta to hit the studio with Ross for the follow-up to 2011's Self Made Vol. 1. "I throw a lot of verses on stuff that Ross already has," the rapper tells The BoomBox. "Ross is one of those guys that kinda sets records up. He's like, 'Listen to this, listen to this and listen to that. Pick what you like then put a verse on it' or 'Pick what beats you like and do what you do.'"
While working alongside Ross, Stalley's witnessed firsthand how the MMG head honcho creates his songs. "He'll then formulate it or add somebody to it," he shares. "I could put two verses on it and then it could have a hook that's just like a reference. Then he'll take that and he'll send it to like Ne-Yo or somebody and be like, 'Ne-Yo, sing that hook' or 'John Legend, put a hook on that.' And then the song comes together."
Stalley knows little about the producers or song titles for the new LP. "I don't even know 'em," he admits. "He just be like, 'Here is a folder for Self Made Vol. 2. Pick what you like. Write to it, put a verse to it.'
However, the "Hammers and Vogues" creator is aware of the collaborations that are featured on the forthcoming opus. "A couple of [the songs] had Wale's [and] Meek's [verses] and a few other artists, I can't really say," Stalley discloses. "I've done a lot of solo songs too but who knows who will end up on them.
As far as joining forces with other artists for his solo work, Stalley's wishlist includes rap staples and others in the rock spectrum. "I would love to work with Nas, I would love to work with Andre 3000. Scarface," Stalley states. "There's a lot of people outside of hip-hop too. I want to do a record with Bruce Springsteen. Yukimi from Little Dragon. Sampha from SBTRKT."
For a rhymer who is signed to one of hip-hop's lauded imprints, Stalley's musical selections as of late don't include rap. "I barely even listen to hip-hop," he states. "I've been listening to Bon Iver, his first album. SBTRKT [and] the Drums."
Stalley's Savage Journey to the American Dream mixtape serves as a prelude to his debut LP, set for release on Maybach Music Group.
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