Lincoln Way Nights
Label: Blue Collar Gang
Lincoln Way Nights is Stalley's shining moment after years in the underground trenches. Originally released as a free mixtape, this retail version arrives after the Cleveland emcee signed with Maybach Music/Warner Bros., and it includes a disposable remix of the title track with benefactor Rick Ross. The real highlight is Stalley's humble yet determined grind toward rap stardom, a journey that mirrors the working-class stiffs he celebrates in "330," "Slapp" and "Sound of Silence," the latter of which turns Brazilian bossa nova into slow and slumping bliss.