The underdog artist of the Maybach Music Group has finally dropped another mixtape and made his way on to the BITM page. His last mixtape, “Savage Journey To The American Dream” was a great addition to his catalog and a good body of work for 2012. It was also his debut joint under the MMG Empire. I personally don’t think he should have signed under Rick Ross, but it was a smart move for him because he knows Ross is a great A&R.
Honest Cowboy has a very serene and placid feel to it. Majority of Stalley’s music is laid-back, that’s his steez and he adheres to it. You won’t find any high tempo beat on this mixtape. A lot of the songs have a southern influence on it predominantly Texas in particular, in which you will see Dj Paul Wall and Scarface (who also drops a verse) in Stalley’s video for “Swangin.”
On the upside to this mixtape, there is a lot of chill beats that you can cruise to, smoke & chill to, and listen to someone with a nice flow. There are a few standout tracks on this joint like “Swangin” feat. Scarface, “The Highest,” and “NineteenEighty 7” feat. Schoolboy Q. Stalley has a couple tracks that explain the title of the project. Stalley has not shied away from his Muslim religion and exercises them with his Malcolm X like points of views in “Raise Your Weapons” and “Long Way Down.”
This is not Stalley’s best work but it is a decent piece to add to his catalog. A few tracks got repetitive with a little of the same content but nothing extreme. Some people have said he is boring and can’t rap, this one is a complete toss up but just like any artist that’s an individual’s choice. “Honest Cowboy” gets 3 tapes…
Checkout the video for “Swangin” below