“Sol” recently turned 21, yet has years of experience in the Northwest music scene. Having been surrounded by music his whole life and having created hip-hop since his pre-teens, Sol brings experience and wisdom beyond his years to his musical expression. In 2009 Sol released his first full-length album, The Ride, and digitally released the “Dear Friends, EP” which received significant fan support, critical acclaim, and national press. Sol’s musical journey began long before he started recording albums. As a young child he used to be extremely interested in the fine arts. Before he could read or write he was drawing and making paintings that told stories. People praised him for his artwork, but as he got older he became more curious about music and literature. “I am always exploring new territory. I feel that both good music and good writing can be used to create an image just like a painting, but in addition music can make someone listen, dance and interact by singing along”.
Throughout his musical career Sol has established a significant fan base in the Northwest. His music has become known for its quality and originality; however, audiences are most captivated by his live performances. Sol’s real home is the stage. “Performing is my favorite part of the musical experience. While on stage I get to present my art, have my message received and in turn receive the audience’s emotional reaction. You can’t get that anywhere else”. Recent performances of significant measure include; an “at-capacity” EMP slot at the 2009 Northwest Folklife Music Festival, the 2009 Annual Capitol Hill Block Party, his nearly sold out album release party at Seattle venue Chop Suey, and sold out shows at The Nectar, the University of Washington, Bellingham’s The Wild Buffalo, and most recently his very own Haiti Relief Show at Neumos which also sold out and raised more than $7,000 for Sol’s maternal homeland of Haiti. Sol has performed around the United States west coast, Canada, and Brazil and has shared the stage with; the Wu-Tang Clan, Zion-I, both RZA and GZA (of Wu-Tang), Mistah F.A.B., The Blue Scholars, Big Sean, Macklemore, The Pack, Grynch, Grayskul, and Common Market.
Sol’s influences are by no means limited to Hip-Hip or even music. Sol draws his inspiration from the writings of folks like Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Tupac Shakur and Langston Hughes, and music from the likes of Bob Marley, Prince, Bob Dylan and hip-hop such as De La Soul, Jay-Z and Outkast. “The context in which I make my music is both political and social, but the music I make tells a story in a way that is enjoyable to listen to without compromising creative integrity. I make life music, first and foremost; the good, bad, and the ugly (but mostly the good)”. Sol has created a name for himself both locally and nationally by not confining himself to either a regional or musical box. “I just happen to rap, but you will hear me also singing and doing other things with my music that you might not expect from the contemporary emcee”. Sol’s talent as an artist, musician, and performer were recognized last year when as a solo hip-hop artist he received 2nd place in the Experience Music Project 2009 Sound Off! Northwest 21 & under battle of the bands. Sol ‘s music merited a full spread on the cover of the Seattle Weekly music section, articles in The Seattle Times, The Stranger, and the UW Daily. He enjoys heavy support in the blogosphere including nationally popular hip-hop blogs 2dopeboyz.com and soulassassins.com. Sol has had both rotation and radio interviews on both KEXP 90.3 Street Sounds with DJ B-Mello and KUBE 93.3 Sunday Night Sound Sessions with DJ Hyphen and J. Moore.
On May 21st, 2010 Sol released Dear Friends, Volume II his “best work yet” and he is also already in the studio recording his 2nd full-length album, which features national-level artists and production from some of Seattle’s best producers. Sol has been publicly praised as one of Seattle’s most promising new artists and possibly “the guy from Seattle to make a great impact on music” – Seattle artist Grynch. “The new sound I am making is the kind of music I have wanted to be able to make my whole life. I feel ready for the world, and I hope that the world is ready for me.”
1. Dear Friends
2. Not The One
3. So Damn High
4. Wake Up Ft J Pinder & Dice
5. Cruise Control
6. Spliff Remix Ft Grynch, Prometheus Brown, & Thig Nat (Bonus Track)
Sol – Dear Friends
Sol – Not The One
Sol – So Damn High
Sol Ft J Pinder & Dice – Wake Up
Sol – Cruise Control
Sol Ft Grynch, Prometheus Brown, & Thig Nat – Spliff Remix