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Sole

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Sole, born Tim Holland, is an alternative hip hop artist and a co-founder of the anticon. collective. Sole is known for his dense, often dark stream-of-consciousness writing style. His verses are often filled with abstraction, metaphor and sarcasm while avoiding or deconstructing traditional hip hop topics. His albums and record label have been featured in magazines such as Playboy and The Wire. Sole is also a producer and releases his self-produced experiments under the alias mansbestfriend, taken from the name of his Apple G4 computer

Sole was born in 1977 in Portland, Maine. He recorded his first demo in 1992. He shopped the demo to Entertainment Resources International. There was serious interest, and he was flown to Florida to record a few songs. However, the record deal fell through, and soon after, at age 15, sole got together a new group called “45 Below Records”, which included Alias, Jd Walker and a DJ Cuz the Highlander, now better known as Moodswing9, and together released an album titled “Mad Skillz and Unpaid Billz” under the moniker “Northern Exposure”, selling more than 300 copies. At the age of 16, sole pressed up his first 12” and gave it away for free at the 1995 Gavin Convention. In 1996 sole started up a “Webzine” and online radio station, run directly from his basement bedroom in Portland, Maine. His Live Poets 12” from 1997 garnered some press and college radio play, selling a few thousand copies and leading to connections with other like-minded artists like Doseone (Adam Drucker), Jel (Jeffrey Logan), Atmosphere, The Shape Shifters, and the Sebutones (Sixtoo (Vaughn Robert Squire) and Buck 65 (Richard Terfry)).

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  • nosmo

    Been a fan since I heard his bit on cLOUDDEAD's s/t and his anticon days but his newer stuff is even better.

    18 Aug 12:46pm Reply
  • Cashmach1ne

    PERFECT

    15 Aug 10:09pm Reply
  • bEATWEAKer

    Today's main pic looks like Ryan Dunn xD

    5 Apr 3:58am Reply
  • SorenAlexShuya

    So stocked for Death Drive.. participate to the campaign people!

    2 Mar 8:46am Reply
  • ru1ner

    People suck I guess. Sole is still at the top of his game. Death Drive will be dropping in May, who else is pre-ordering?

    21 Feb 2:06am Reply
  • nonnyidaho

    Why not more love for his latest albums? They are an education in class warfare. Revolutionary

    9 Feb 7:16pm Reply
  • sombrero825

    maybe i'm just totally ignorant of what else is going on in underground hip-hop, but am i off base if i think he's prolifically put out some of the best hip-hop since 2007? if alternative rap is your thing, i really don't know who's done it better than him

    18 Jan 3:04am Reply
  • YourParentsAreN

    Crimes Against Totality is great!

    17 Jan 4:56pm Reply
  • MegaBananka

    Check out please! :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cItdELQZ3XI

    11 Jan 5:34am Reply
  • bEATWEAKer

    THE WHITE MAN'S THE FUCKING DEVIL [2]

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • SorenAlexShuya

    Using the illusion is so dope, damn.

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DreamFragments

    Digging the new album. More like his material with Sole & the Skyrider band than his more recent material.

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • SorenAlexShuya

    Crimes Against Totality is out.

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • coleheideman

    I OWN KANYE I OWN THE NRA

    18 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ironarmatom

    THE WHITE MAN'S THE FUCKING DEVIL

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • rightyjohn

    "King of NY" is the shit!

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Yeah_Brah

    I definitely don't care about his last few albums but his older albums are fantastic. Hate it or love it, Sole will always be one of the most unique rappers and producers.

    13 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Zythifer

    I like the new album a lot, but it does have some problems with flow. He's just trying way too hard to cram political speech into lyrical patterns that can't handle it, and underusing metaphor.

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ezgizissou

    Guess I found my new album to put on infinite loop on public transportation. Awesome work!

    9 Jun 2013 Reply
  • PhyrePhox

    sole.bandcamp.com --- to listen [or buy] the albums

    6 May 2013 Reply
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