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Sole and the Skyrider Band


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Sole and the Skyrider Band formed in Flagstaff, AZ, the summer of 2006. Sole, founder and former member of anticon records, a pioneer of the indie/alternative hip hop movement, teamed up with the Orlando psychedelic trio to explore the idea of a post-rock experimental hip-hop aesthetic. From ‘07- ‘09, the band toured the globe relentlessly, sharing the stage with bands from all genres of music. In 2008, Skyrider relocated to Los Angeles, where their post-rock sound became informed by its proximity to what would later become the “LA Beat” scene. Around this time, Sole was thoughtfully refining his anarchistic stream of consciousness rants into a tangible modern pop-rap format.

In the summer of 2010, most of the band found themselves living in Denver, CO, where they combined these influences to create a bold new sound that marks a new step for the band. Sole and the Skyrider Band can be described as electronic rap inspired by current movements in gangster rap, progressive electronic and neo-classical music. The band explores a wide range of emotion and composition, from club anthems to dark melodic introspection to cinematic hip-hop.

Their new album Hello Cruel World was released on Fake Four, Inc. on July 19th, 2011.


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  • SorenAlexShuya

    "Similarly, Selling Live Water is the last Sole album worth listening to." Yeah, your opinion is the almighty truth, ay.

    10 May 2014 Reply
  • TheJ-Man

    Agreed. Nothing beats the self titled. Similarly, Selling Live Water is the last Sole album worth listening to.

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Dr_MoonOrGun

    Ha. The SSB discography confirms it. You can't feel new. Nothing is free.

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
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  • lagginswag

    hello cruel world is such a dope album, not that i would expect anything less from sole.

    15 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Notjoeybloom

    Loving The Challenger EP! Sole is doing some amazing things.

    14 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Dr_MoonOrGun

    So of the 4 songs on The Challenger EP, 3 of them are collectively better than Hello Cruel World. This is a good thing. This is a step in the right direction. Plus Write or Die made the cut, and it's a sweet song.

    13 Dec 2011 Reply
  • BoiledInfection

    Some of the best poetry out there

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • LiquidPhill

    Nothing is free

    8 Nov 2011 Reply
  • crazypugdriver

    Great stuff

    10 Oct 2011 Reply
  • luddewho

    New album is really good! Best he ever did with this Skyrider stuff..

    7 Oct 2011 Reply

    Hello Cruel World is FUCKING AMAZING!

    18 Sep 2011 Reply
  • sameoldthing

    true just liked We Will Not Be Moved

    10 Sep 2011 Reply
  • sameoldthing

    Just finished my instrumental Hip Hop album. It got some IDM, Orchestral, Electronica, Noise, Rock and many more involved genres mixed together. Its called Second Try and got 11 FREE Tracks and 33 Minutes of Music. Check it out and hit me up, if you wanna tell me something bout it. Mediafirelink on album page.

    10 Sep 2011 Reply
  • subtractthesky

    Dr Moonorgun nailed it on the head. The new album is disappointing as fuck mainly because of the production. Also that pictureplanes guy ruined bad captain swag. Honestly the worst hook for a song ever. Some of us, I imagine a lot of us, listen to Sole and the like because we DON'T want to listen to the braggadocio. And in the past it has seemed like something he's been vehemently against. To my ears this new, more polished, production is without character.

    4 Sep 2011 Reply
  • yparc

    it's actually napoleOn, please report

    30 Aug 2011 Reply
  • MichaelLeSuer

    I've come to accept the new album, but I haven't come to accept the fact that Sole has completely moved on from anticon.

    20 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Notjoeybloom

    just got into this. LOVE SOLE AND THE SKYRIDER BAND.

    15 Aug 2011 Reply
  • esophagus

    sole is possimistic about all of us

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
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