Stackwell is quite the unique player on the local scene. To understand his story more thoroughly, I'll direct you to Brendan Kiley's well written "Prison Rap" profile. He's currently serving a seventeen-year prison sentence in the Coyote Ridge correctional facility, and collaborating mainly through the mail on his musical projects. He's recently released S.T.A.C.K.W.E.L.L., an eighteen-track album which mainly deals with his time on the streets, hood life, and the consequences he and many others like him have had to face. Both his animated delivery and the g-funk production (handled by people like DJ Roc'Phella and Illoquint) are way West Coast, and sound surprisingly clean for the obvious hurdles involved. He's effective on songs where he's able to put aside his rather offensive pimp-leanings and speak in a more introspective voice. "I dedicate this to anybody that lost their life in the struggle. I also dedicate this to anybody else who lost part of their life in the struggle," he ad-libs on one song. "It's a fucked up feeling just trying to write it out," he says on another.
I'm all for some hardcore rap when it's done with purpose, whether it's to paint an accurate picture of the tumultuous street life, or capture the short-lived joy that comes with doing something just for the fuck of it, but he raps in a pretty glorifying way about doing some pretty terrible things to women - explicitly - and that, I can't get behind. I understand that saying something doesn't necessarily mean he condones it, or even that he's actually done it (or plans to do it again), but he pushes it too far in the way that way too many have before him. With that said, there are very well done songs like "In It to Win It", "Come On", "I Stay On", and "Hard Hustle" that deal with hardships in much better ways, I'd say, and the album's worth a listen for them.
When he's not out touring the world with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (like he's doing as we speak), Olympia MC Xperience (from Oldominion) is holding his own in the studio. The man just released The Durden Papers Vol. 1 on his website. I'm about half-way through it sounds like some pretty standard XP (a good thing): singing and rapping in his trademark pulpit tenor over some quality local and borrowed beats. His video for "60/40" - a highlight from the release is above.