Sole is no stranger to the rap game. He put out his first vinyl at age 16, appeared in magazines like Playboy, Spin and Rolling Stone, launched a record label in ’98 (Anticon), avoided releasing solo albums for seven years, left said record label due to “ideological business differences” in 2010 and helped spearhead the alternative hip-hope genre. The man best known for his far leftist, shit talking, anti-capitalist, humorous, social commentary tracks has finally decided to grace the world with another one in preparation for his upcoming release A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing (named after a Marx essay). The track, “Young Sole,” was produced by Factor and is a smooth bicycle ride down city streets at midnight in the dead of summer. Even at that time of day it is hotter than hell. The heat from this track is brought by Sole’s rhymes. He takes on the hip-hop scene by suggesting that its participants “say something real” and forget about the “f**king fashion show.” He takes on his nation of residency saying that it is “just a medicine man who has run out of medicine.” He even blasts consumerism and waste when he raps “10,000 years from now they’re gonna dig us up, they’re gonna look through everything we’ve left behind, they’re gonna find DVD’s, they’re gonna find CD’s and they’re gonna say no wonder these motherf**kers went extinct. Step your game up.” Not sure what else Sole’s album will have in store but what I’m hearing here is fresh, its real, its timely and it makes me excited to be here. That doesn’t happen as much as it should.
To pair with “Young Sole” we need something that brings a balanced attack. Part heat, part soothing reassurance that only you can make yourself do something that is right for the world. That would probably be the Vegan (since Sole is a vegan) Buffalo “Chicken” and Blue Cheese Spring Rolls that hit my oven the other day (go here for the printable version of the recipe).