Malta Bend

Malta Bend

by Stevie StoneStevie Stone

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Overview

Like his 2012 effort Rollin' Stone, Stevie Stone's 2015 LP Malta Bend presents itself as a "personal" album where the rapper's brain is sliced open and a difficult history spills out, but here, the self-exploration doesn't seem old, tired, or stale, partly because the good is remembered along with the bad. Part of it is also the St. Louis rapper's somewhat Southern delivery, which isn't all that different from his label boss' -- Tech N9ne's -- style, but the main reason is probably Stone's ability to sing the sufferer's song with style, a debt he owes -- according to the album's long intro -- to his mother, an ever optimistic and often majestic figure. As such, highlight "The Homies" punches through the roof during its verses, then sings the sweet song of unity during its chorus, which honors friends and family. Infectious baller "Run It" is one of the best balances of tough and tuneful since the Terror Squad released "Lean Back," and "Rain Dance" comes 'round with special gruff guest Mystikal tempered by a Native American Choir, although the topic is female ejaculation so expect that title to pay off metaphorically. Speaking of things kids shouldn't come across, highlight "Suicidal" makes "giving the middle finger to the law" sound much cooler and easy than it should, but the moral compass is back for the album's title cut, a rare hip-hop number that honors the working class for how far they can stretch a paycheck. Elsewhere, there are strip bars, fine weed, and all Polo everything, but Stevie Stone is always the master of balance, able to tell his story and see the beauty and worth of everything, and then communicate it with an attractive swagger. Kevin Gates, Tech N9ne, and Ces Cru help him deliver the goods, while skits and interludes keep the album from straying off concept.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/2015
Label: Strange Music
UPC: 0853435003722
catalogNumber: 722

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stevie Stone   Primary Artist
Big Mike   Vocals
Mystikal   Vocals
King Harris   Vocals
Tech N9ne   Vocals
Christopher Watson   Vocals
Chris Handley   Bass Guitar
Glasses Malone   Vocals
Isaac Cates   Piano
Lance Bennett   Drums
Peetah Morgan   Vocals
Kevin Gates   Vocals
Ordained   Vocals
Jeffery James   Vocals
Ben Cybulsky   Acoustic Guitar
Delynia Brown   Vocals
Tyler Lyon   Vocals
DJ P-Caso   Vocals
Darrein Safron   Vocals
Dana Mitchell   Vocals
Matt Steele   Vocals
Godemis   Vocals
Christopher Sean Harris   Vocals
Rich Rocka   Vocals
Roshawn Eve   Vocals
Latoya Betts   Vocals
Deji Laray   Vocals
Zalika Miller   Vocals
Ubiquitous   Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael McClain   Composer
Michael Tyler   Composer
Mayday!   Producer
Isaac Cates   Composer,Choir Arrangement
Benjamin Miller   Composer
Michael "Seven" Summers   Producer
Bernardo Garcia   Composer
Michael Summers   Composer
Donnie King   Composer
Travis O'Guin   Executive Producer
Keith Cooper   Composer,Additional Production
Charles Penniman   Composer
Jeffery James   Composer,Producer
Stephen Williams   Composer
Mike S. Viglione   Composer
Gianni Perocarpi   Composer
Peter Morgan   Composer
King Harris   Composer
Tyler Lyon   Composer
Daniel "Keys" Perez   Additional Production
Daniel Emilio Perez   Composer
Anthony G. White   Composer
Darrein Safron   Composer
Thomas Burns   Composer,Producer
Kevin Gilyard   Composer
Ben "Bengineer" Cybulsky   Producer,Engineer
Pamela Wells   Composer
William Crawford   Composer
Christopher Sean Harris   Composer
Timothy James   Composer,Producer
Richard Mims   Composer
RCM2   Producer
Deji Laray   Composer,Producer
J. White Did It   Producer
Aaron Yates   Composer

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