Stalley Talks Politics in Hip Hop, His Beard

Stalley breaks down the conscious elements of his lyrics and how it's taken him three years to perfect his beard.

NBC New York recently caught up with recent Maybach Music Group singee Stalley to promote his upcoming performance at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. During the interview, Stalley broke down the political inklings behind his lyrics and why he sampled famed political columnist and Rolling Stone journalist Hunter S. Thompson in his song “Pound,” off his mixtape Lincoln Way Nights.

“[To be a political rapper,] I just think it takes being active in the community,” he said. “[Artists need to be] active in their surroundings and knowing what’s going on in [their] surroundings. [You have to be] conscious of the news…and things are going on in the world – and not just in your community, but [also] across the seas.”

He also added, “That [sample is] just me being a fan of Hunter S. Thompson and everything that he really represented. I think that we all are on this…savage journey for the American dream, and it’s important that we kind of sit back and look at our lives and focus on…what we presume to be the American dream.”

Stalley also discussed his impressive and iconic growth of facial hair. The Ohio rapper explained that he’s been growing his beard for nearly three years, and that once he had committed to music as his career, there was no going back from beyond the beard.

“It took three years [to grow],” he admitted. “It’s been a lot of maintenance and training…some days, it’s longer, some days it’s shorter, depending on how I feel…I consciously decided to grow it once I started doing music.”

The full interview can be seen below.

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8 Comments

  • mb

    that "she hates the bass" joint by him is dope. heard it on the radio here in chicago

  • Bridget K. Raff

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  • TAYLORD

    LOL HIS BARS ARE KINDA WEAK BUT RLY IF HE SHAVED THE BEARD HE'D LOOK LIKE A GIMP

  • dj khaled is a arab

    WILLIAM IS THE BIGGEST FAKE IN MUSIC HISTORY. EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT THE C.O STUFF BUT HE ALWAYS WENT TO UNIVERSITY TO STUDY CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND STOLE THE REAL RICK ROSS'S NAME, DRUG BACK GROUND, IMAGE, SHAVED HEAD AND BEARD. HE SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO GET AWAY WITH THAT.

  • dcollins

    I dont hate this nigga but he really dont be talking about nothing and his bars are super weak

  • Eli Porter

    Ugly Rick Ross looking ass nigga. Remove that crab infested beard you getto Santa clause lookin ass nigga.

  • Aaron Bryant

    It's about time this man gets some publicity. I don't like that he and Wale are on MMG, but if it means more people can hear him spit, I'm content.

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