Kyle Myricks or “Stalley” as you may know him, grew up in a little town in Ohio called Massillon. Coming from such a small town, he has worked long and hard to get to where he is today. He recently signed with Rick Ross‘s label, Maybach Music Group. At first I was unsure of how I felt about that collaboration but Stalley can and will conquer any record label. The first time I heard “Lincoln Way Nights” (ITM), I was shocked. I couldn’t believe the amount of creativity and energy that must have been put into his first project. Once I heard he was performing in Cleveland I knew I had to be there.
I arrived to the Grog Shop around 8pm, with my buddy Jean by my side and money in my hand. I had never been there before but I have heard good things. The venue has a very urban feel. From the wall to wall graffiti in the restrooms to the cement floors. Seeing the empty stage awaiting the openers reminded me of the movie “8mile“. I knew the crowd would be tough and judgemental. In order to impress this group of music lovers, the openers needed to pull out their best tricks.
DJ Corey Grand helped the impatient crowd wait out the openers arrival with his amazing choice of music. Not too much longer, host Terrence J walked out on stage with his microphone and everyone knew it was about to be on! The openers line up went a little like this: ESQ, LB, Taj Torrence, Drastic, Molly, Rhyme and Reason and Rashad. Most of them had amazing energy. The audience was definitely a tough crowd. There were people from all over Ohio including, 216, 330, 614 and 419. Many of the openers had a team in the audience chanting all of their lyrics and getting the crowd hype. I watched them all intently for they too may be in Stalleys position.
The audience was definitely getting impatient to see Stalley. Once he jumped on stage, everyone went bananas. As he got into his first song, there wasn’t one person who didn’t have a hand in the air waving it from side to side. He captivated the audience with his high energy and passion for his music. I could tell he loves what he does. I say this because any time the crowd chanted his lyrics, a huge smile came across his face. I felt a sense of pride witnessing the history being made in the Grog Shop that night. Being from Massillon myself, it’s inspiring to see someone put on for my city in such a big way.
After the show I got a chance to talk with Stalley. He greeted me with a big hug and was excited to learn that I was from his hometown. He mentioned that he felt proud to have such amazing support from his State. Stalley also mentioned that as of now he is touring and he hopes to plan a show in his hometown Massillon (hopefully at Paul Brown Stadium). He also said that he brought Rick Ross to LincolnWay to show him around his hometown. He is a very humble guy and doesn’t mind talking to fans. I believe he will do great things in his musical career. I will definitely be on the look out and you should be too!
Stay Classy Cleveland.
“I dream. I create. I sing. I love people. I don’t see color, I see through stereotypes. I am a Single White Female, Addicted to Detail”
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