Stats for this track
In 2 Sets
- 23 Tracks, 1.25.25
On Letter to a Young Rapper Sole teams up with Canadian super producer Ryan Hemsworth to draft a sarcastic yet poignant message to aspiring rappers. Although the hip–hop community wasn’t clamoring for a hip-hop take on James Joyce’s “Letter To A Young Poet” Sole delivers it with his trademark of wit & vitriol. Throughout the course of the song everyone from Rob Bass, Goldman Sachs, Emma Goldman, Nirvana, The Game, white rappers, dictators and Hologram Tupac are evoked to paint a portrait of “banality gone wild.” “Letter” hones in on the interests that control the music and manipulate artists, the artists that sacrifice content for image, and the spectacle that binds it all together.
“To the rappers with skills who don’t wanna sell they souls, remain anonymous.” -sole (quoting Ras Kass circa 1994)
A Ruthless Criticism Of Everything Existing Drops on 11/13 and is available for preorder exclusively at http://soleone.org