By Steven Roberts
Stalley's inclusion in Rick Ross' "invincible" Maybach Music Group probably came as a surprise to plenty of people — because it definitely came as a surprise to the Ohio MC himself. Arguably lesser-known than Wale, Meek Mill and Pill were before they joined the team, Stalley nevertheless caught the Bawse's attention. When MTV News caught up with the rapper earlier this week, he said New Orleans spitter Curren$y actually linked them up.
"Curren$y had called me, and he told me that Ross was looking for me and that he wanted to reach out," Stalley recalled. "Curren$y asked if it was OK if he gave Ross my number, and I was like, 'Yeah, of course.' "
Stalley said Ross flew him down to Dallas during the first leg of Lil Wayne's I Am Still Music Tour and asked if he wanted to be a part of the team. Stalley said he jumped at the opportunity because he felt the team was very family-oriented and that he would retain total control of what he was already doing.
It's a few months later, and Stalley has MTV's Jam of the Week for the remix of his "Lincoln Way Nights (Shop)" featuring Ross. The video, which was directed by Spiff TV, features the two rappers riding around, eating lavishly. Stalley is set to re-release his mixtape, Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music) on November 1, completely re-mastered by Young Guru and Tony Dorsey.
"It sounds like a whole different project," he said." I'm just very excited, and I'm very happy to re-release it for those who might have not got to hear it."