Palermo Stone
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Palermo Stone

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Established on Jan, 2012
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"Palermo Stone's RARE take on hip hop"

The one-time Mac Miller hype man just released his third solo album — but his work with kids is just as important to him.

In 2009, Palermo Stone was touring the country — as Mac Miller's hype man. A couple years later, Miller had made the big time, but Stone had already settled into working on a solo career.

"I felt like it was the right time in his career for me to move away," Stone says, recalling the conversation he had with Miller about moving on. "It was a pursuit to have something for myself."

Sure, if he'd stayed on board, Stone would be rolling in cash now — but then he wouldn't be heading up his own company, R.A.R.E. Nation, and he wouldn't have his third solo record, R.A.R.E., available now. And he wouldn't be touching lives back at Woodland Hills High School, of which he's a 2008 alum, the way he is now.

Stone's new album includes an insert with work from several local artists, some of whom are current Woodland Hills students. "When I first started with music," he explains, "I was a senior in high school. And when you say you're going to do something against the grain ... " He trails off, then changes gears: "I had a great education there, that led me to what I'm doing as an entrepreneur, so I wanted to give back."

Giving back means helping out those students interested in music and visual arts, via gallery shows, concerts and eventually, Stone hopes, a scholarship in his name for a performing-arts student from the district. That's what R.A.R.E. Nation is about, on top of being an artist-management company.

For now, Stone is supporting R.A.R.E., the album. (It stands for "Revitalizing Art, Reinventing Emotion.") It came out Fri., Dec. 21, and features 15 tracks, many produced by Stone's collaborator Jazz Logic, a U.K. producer who makes beats with live instrumentation rather than samples. Other producers include Hitt of MCM Studios and Big Jerm of ID Labs.

If R.A.R.E. sells, Palermo Stone will be happy — but his main focus isn't on his own success.

"The attention and quote-unquote fame is cool," he says, "but the things that are gonna last are the things that are gonna touch people's lives." - Pittsburgh City Paper


Still working on that hot first release.



To encapsulate Palermo Stone is to try to categorize something that is ever-changing and evolving. He is a man with a vision and drive matched only by the depth and hunger heard in his lyrics. Creator and leader of the R.A.R.E. movement (Revitalizing Art, Reinventing Emotion), Palermo has established successful musical relationships with Mac Miller, Dee-1, The Come Up and other hip hop focal points.

Palermo Stone is a Pittsburgh hip hop artist with three solo albums under his belt (“R.A.R.E.” – 2012; "For My Culture" – 2011; "Beautiful Music" – 2010). November 2010 saw the release of his debut album, "Beautiful Music," led by a fan-favorite single of the same name, to a very positive reception. Palermo then quickly released a collaboration effort, "Hey Young World," only 5 months later, and its sequel on New Year’s Day of 2012.

As his fan base grew with each release and subsequent show, so did his exposure to the world of hip hop. In January of 2012, Palermo released his second solo project, "For My Culture," which aimed to capture and depict every facet, both good and bad, of the culture that is hip hop. Receiving critical acclaim nationwide, Palermo began his own movement, R.A.R.E. (Revitalizing Art, Reinventing Emotion), with the idea that something truly genuine is rare these days. R.A.R.E. evolved into an artistic movement, putting the power back in the hands of the artist with the goal of merging hip hop and art in an optimistic light, creating unique opportunities and results for the artists involved, and being a positive role model for youth and young adults.

Palermo Stone is an extremely diverse artist who prides himself on creating music with a powerful message. His style focuses on bringing the musical and artistic aspect back to hip hop, including using a live band in his performances. His third album, R.A.R.E., was released in December 2012 and was well-received nationally, resulting in coverage from numerous publications located from the East Coast to the West Coast.

“Being unique is being an individual—a free-thinking, passionate, caring individual. In a world of media robots, being yourself is rare; expressing your emotion in an unfiltered and undiluted way is rare. Be unique. Be yourself. Be R.A.R.E.” – Palermo Stone

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