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Stevie Stone Talks Rollin' Stone, Fan Appreciation & Strange Music

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Columbia, MO native Stevie Stone has had a wild ride to this point. With last week's release of Rollin’ Stone, his Strange Music debut, Stone promises to take listeners on a roller coaster ride as he continues to establish himself as a rising member of the independent outfit. The former Ruthless Records MC is currently on a record-setting tour with Tech N9ne and the Strange Music family. With his career gaining momentum, XXL caught up with Stone to discuss his love of 808s, his relationship with Tech N9ne, and connecting with the fans. —Calvin Stovall (@CalvinStovall)

On Rollin’ Stone:

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“It’s a rollercoaster ride, even my slow records and my serious records are gonna have that 808 and that kick up in there. But on this album, I think it’s a very full album, it’s something for everybody. This is more one of the party records, the club type records for the album. But there’s definitely different records that’s gonna put you in a different mind frame. Like I did a record called ‘My Remedy,’ and that’s just saying that when I hit the stage, music becomes my remedy and all my problems fade away. Music is my escape. It don’t matter what happens, I been in situations where I get a bad phone call like five minutes before I hit the stage on some bullshit. But soon as I hit the stage and I give it to the crowd and they give it to me back, all that shit just goes out the window… Strap on your seatbelt when you listen to it. I definitely think it’s gonna turn a lot of heads. You gonna see on the album, you can’t necessarily put Stevie Stone in a box.”

"Meant To Happen"

"'92, I was 21/Sellin' rocks for my auntie, was plenty fun/And yes she loaded the house with many guns/She got me a TEC-9 for my birthday, 'No more trippin' from anyone'"

On signing with Strange Music:

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“We knew it was supposed to happen. When I was on Ruthless I did a tour with him, KOD tour, and his fans really adapted to me and embraced me. And me and him, we been family forever. But when I went out with them they got a chance to see me perform and how the crowd was reacting and everything. It was just a perfect fit. Like I was supposed to be on Strange Music. So as soon as we were able to make it happen, we made it happen. But we had been kicking it forever.”

On Krizz Kaliko:

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“Krizz is a monster. He’s definitely a genius at what he does. I actually got him on the album, also. He’s out here politicking with these people. The fans love him. I believe they did very, very good on Billboard, and he got to number 2 on iTunes. So very, very great for an independent. The top 5 were all majors, and then you got Krizz Kalico in the mix and it’s because of the fans. It’s because of all this groundwork that Strange been doing. Getting out there, we hitting every spot. Anyone that wants to see us, we gon’ go there and we gon’ rock out. And give their best concert that they’ve ever seen. These kids love it, they soak it up.”

Hopsin

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Coming off his Freshman cover coronation, Hopsin followed the path laid out by his mentor, Tech N9ne, eschewing mainstream commercial opportunities in favor of building a devoted cult audience via heavy touring and a heavier web presence. In July 2012, the Los Angeles native released the fifth installment of his “Ill Mind of Hopsin” video series and garnered more than a million views in less than 24 hours—at press time had amassed nearly 25 million. He also appeared on the 2012 Cypher at the BET Hip-Hop Awards alongside 2011 Freshman Mac Miller, Mystikal, and 2013 Freshman ScHoolboy Q. He is currently preparing a new album, Knock Madness, and a collaborative EP with fellow Southern California native, drummer Travis Barker.

On Connecting with the Fans:

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“Be yourself. Be honest, do music and be yourself and there’s gonna be millions of people that love that and feel it just like you do. But what they taught me was, you get out here and you touch these people. Like the meet and greets, I don’t know anyone that does a meet and greet as far as like 3-4, 3-5 every single day all these shows, the fans actually can come in and take pictures. We sign their autographs and get a chance to talk to them—that builds a connection. The fans know you. So it’s not like, they hear a song and they in love with the song. They actually know who Tech is. And what I’ve found out is the fans love that. They see you just like one of them. That’s how they become loyal fans. Touching ‘em, letting ‘em come talk to you, taking pictures with ‘em—we go to small cities. Like on this tour, we did Blackford, Idaho. We hit the big cities, too, but it’s also the other ones where everyone’s skipping over.

“It’s something that the fans will never forget. When they can be up and close and personal and talk to you. And then listen to your music, and you’re telling your life. And they feel, they can adapt, they relate to you. They love the music, but they love the person.”