16 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

An up-and-coming St. Louis rapper aligned with Tech N9ne and his growing Strange Music empire, Stevie Stone hit the scene a few years back with New Kid Comin' and continues his rowdy-yet-witty approach on Rollin' Stone. With an aggressive rhyme style somewhat reminiscent of early Mystikal, he growls, threatens, and boasts over an array of headbang-inducing, 808-punctuated tracks. With a few exceptions (the dreamy "My Remedy," the reflective tale "My Life," and the Auto-Tuned "2 Far"), the vibe here is overwhelmingly rambunctious and upbeat, especially on bangers like "Keep My Name out Your Mouth" and the Onyx/M.O.P.-esque "Mosh." Guest features come from likeminded homies such as Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Yelawolf, Big Scoob, Bernz, and Tech himself, on the appropriately titled "808 Bendin'." It's a rock-solid sophomore album from an emcee on the rise; don't miss the discount store–heist epic "Dollar General."

EDITORS’ NOTES

An up-and-coming St. Louis rapper aligned with Tech N9ne and his growing Strange Music empire, Stevie Stone hit the scene a few years back with New Kid Comin' and continues his rowdy-yet-witty approach on Rollin' Stone. With an aggressive rhyme style somewhat reminiscent of early Mystikal, he growls, threatens, and boasts over an array of headbang-inducing, 808-punctuated tracks. With a few exceptions (the dreamy "My Remedy," the reflective tale "My Life," and the Auto-Tuned "2 Far"), the vibe here is overwhelmingly rambunctious and upbeat, especially on bangers like "Keep My Name out Your Mouth" and the Onyx/M.O.P.-esque "Mosh." Guest features come from likeminded homies such as Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Yelawolf, Big Scoob, Bernz, and Tech himself, on the appropriately titled "808 Bendin'." It's a rock-solid sophomore album from an emcee on the rise; don't miss the discount store–heist epic "Dollar General."

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About Stevie Stone

Based out of St. Louis by way of Columbia, Missouri, Stevie Stone first discovered a love of music through his mother, a singer and choir director who introduced the rapper to gospel, blues, and soul at an early age. As he grew up, Stone had his feet in the worlds of music and sports, pursuing a basketball career as well as playing piano and drums. Though he received an offer to play ball for a junior college in Iowa, he was asked to open at a show just weeks before he would leave for school, and it sparked a love for performance that made focusing on his rap career an easy choice. In 2007, Stone signed on with Ruthless Records, which released his debut, New Kid Coming, in 2009. Not long afterward, the MC left the label to join up with Tech N9ne's Strange Music, which was fast making a name for itself as a giant in the independent rap world. Strange Music's emphasis on touring was a perfect fit for Stone, who loved performing, and the label's knack for connecting with its fans helped him grow as a rapper. His second album, the more personal Rollin' Stone, arrived on Strange in 2012. The 2015 album, Malta Bend, was another personal effort, one named after the Missouri city where Stone was born. His fourth full-length, Level Up, followed in 2017 and featured production from a number of industry heavyweights. ~ Gregory Heaney

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