Stalley definitely felt the love during his listening session for his Savage Journey to the American Dream mixtape at The Beats by Dre Store in the Soho section of New York City on Monday night (March 12). In addition to DJ Khaled, the Ohio rapper was joined by his Maybach Music Group family: Rick Ross, Wale and Meek Mill.
“I gave him the nickname Savage,” Rozay explained to the crowd on hand for the listening. “We got a lot of records. We did over a dozen records, just for various projects and just to see my homie grinding…I’m happy to be here. So I’m going to sit back and enjoy the music.”
“We just want to show some love to our man Stalley, the newest member of Maybach,” Wale added. “And, it’s just good to see dude come in and just work so hard. This is a team where you get what you put in. You know what I’m saying? Everybody doesn’t make it here. You get exactly what you put it, and I’ll just leave it at that, man.”
Several songs off the project were played, including the first single, “Everything New,” the female-friendly “Lovers’ Lane” and “Home to You” featuring Wale. The opening track, “Savage Journey,” sums up being down with MMG, according to Stalley. Curren$y is the only non-MMG artist who contributed a verse on the compilation. Otherwise, the project features guest appearances from Ross and Meek and production from the likes of Chad Hugo of The Neptunes.
Savage Journey to the American Dream doesn’t, however, include any contributions from Rashad, who produced and mixed all of the songs on Stalley’s last mixtape, Lincoln Way Nights: Intelligent Music. Block Beattaz did most of the production on this mixtape.
“I just wanted a different sound, basically,” Savage told XXLMag.com, when asked about Rashad’s absence from Savage Journey to the American Dream. “I don’t like any project to sound like the last. From Autobiography to Lincoln Way Nights to , like conceptually, musically [and] lyrically, it’s all different. I’m going to continue to do that. I’m down to work with whoever has that sound that fits the project, basically.”
The new mixtape will be his first solo release since Lincoln Way Nights: Intelligent Trunk Music dropped in February of last year. Still, he has appeared on Rozay’s Rich Forever tape and has released many individual songs leading up to the release of his new mixtape.
Savage Journey to the American Dream will be available March 30, the release date doubling as a reference of Stalley’s hometown’s area code, 330.—Christopher Minaya @CM_3