In recent years, Sol's name has become known for a variety of reasons: topping the iTunes hip-hop charts with his debut album Yours Truly, putting a hold on his career for a year of traveling the globe, and then returning to share the stage with the likes of G-Eazy, Zion I, and Macklemore. But above all of that, Sol is an up-and-coming artist building his name and fan base with a consistent release of quality music comprised of fundamental hip-hop sounds, smooth melodies, and sharp lyrics. Following a year in which he has been quietly hard at work, Sol is back showcasing the evolution of his craft and reminding his fans what they love so much about his music.
Laced with live instrumentation by Sol's team The Zillas (Nima Skeemz & Elan Wright) and silky rhyme schemes, "Ain't Gon' Stop is fun, good hip-hop. Sol's hope for "Ain't Gon' Stop" is simply for the single to serve as "a source of positive energy for people as they go through the daily grind", a reminder to both himself and others that music is meant to be fun and it is clear that Sol is currently having lot's of fun. This is only the beginning of what appears to be a busy second half of 2015 for the Seattle emcee. "Ain't Gon' Stop" is currently available for stream on Soundcloud.
Written by Sol
Produced by The Zillas (Nima Skeemz & Elan Wright)
Trumpet by Steve O'Brien
Trombone by Greg Krammer
Recorded at Undercaste Music by Teal Douville and The Ruby Room by Nima Abbassi & Elan Wright. Seattle, WA
Mixed by Randy Ross at Undercaste Music
Mastered by Jared Hirshland
Zilla Music, LLC
More about Sol:
Rather than adopt an alter ego through a rapper alias, Sol decided early on to use his real name drawing from his life-long immersion in hip-hop culture and his multi-ethnic background—his mother was born and raised in Haiti and his father’s family emigrated from Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution. Because of his unique upbringing and heritage, Sol has adopted a deep sense of social responsibility as he continues to organize and play benefit concerts, helping raise thousands of dollars for causes such as relief efforts in Haiti and the Philippines.
Sol first captured an audience in 2012 with his Dear Friends EP trilogy. Following shortly after, he independently released the full-length album, Yours Truly, which quickly hit #1 in the U.S. and #4 worldwide on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts. Then, at what seemed to be a decisive moment in his burgeoning career, Sol did the unexpected; he left. As a cum laude graduate of the University of Washington, Sol was offered the prestigious Bonderman Honors Travel Fellowship as he simultaneously was receiving offers from record labels. Ultimately, he chose to keep blazing his own trail and embarked on the 10-month journey across the globe. While travelling, his music continued to flow as his new experiences only added to his already global perspective. Sol’s journey and his new inspiration deeply influenced his next project, the Eyes Open EP, which debuted in the Top 10 on the global iTunes Hip-Hop charts.