The Cardo-produced record finds Walker sewing together poignant lyrics about his upgraded lifestyle. “Now I’m in a whole new playing field/ I’m from the mud, trust, I was barely even paying bills/ Shit got ugly like the face of Seal/ fast-forward, seven major tours without a major deal,” gloats the rising hyphenate.
In case you’re wondering why Walker is oozing with more confidence, it’s because he secured a new partnership with Stalley’s label, Blue Collar Gang. The two artists originally paired up on Walker’s “Peace of Mind” record and later forged not only a friendship, but a sturdy working relationship.
“He’s a phenomenal artist and someone that I want to see win just as much as myself. We both are from the Midwest, so we can relate and we both know there isn’t an easy road to success in this music industry coming where we come from,” says Stalley. “You have to have the blue-collar spirit and work twice as hard as anyone else, and Gerald embodies that. I’m glad he is part of the BCG family. We’re about to make some magic happen, so everyone needs to get ready.”
Walker is equally elated about his decision to join Stalley’s imprint and is ready to help build a formidable Midwest tandem with the Ohio star.
“Having guys like Stalley and [my manager] Beejay [B.J. Moore] extend an olive branch is not only flattering, but humbling. I understand that ‘no man is an island’ and we all need help; but it’s always been important that I align myself with the RIGHT people. And I believe they are absolutely the right people,” says Walker. “I’ve always been a fan of Stalley’s music, however, seeing how he comports himself personally and in business is already contributing to my development as an artist. Beejay is a straight shooter and someone I believe will challenge me to become a better artist as well. With them in my corner the sky is the limit!”
Regarding Walker’s move to BCG, Moore says: “You can really tell that he spent time with his music. He’s one of the few hip-hop artists I know that can compose a full song without knowing how to play an instrument. He knows how to arrange the vocals and melodies to get the vibe that he wants to express through his music. He’s like the cousin that you meet for the first time at the family reunion and you immediately connect with him.”
Listen to “Trenches” below.