Selling Live Water

Release date
1 Jan 2004
Running length
15 tracks
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1 Da Baddest Poet 4:21 13,199
2 Shoot the Messenger 2:14 17,960
3 Salt on Everything 2:17 17,440
4 I Hope You Like My Stupid Painting 0:30 3,233
5 Respect Pt. 3 4:12 4,457
6 Tokyo 3:48 11,097
7 Plutonium 4:52 12,152
8 Sebago 4:37 11,057
9 Slow, Cold Drops 4:01 7,050
10 Pawn in The Game Pt. 1 2:29 1,799
11 Pawn In The Game Pt. 2 3:15 1,582
12 The Priziest Horse 4:05 11,266
13 Teepee on a Highway Blues 4:01 8,385
14 Selling Live Water 4:28 11,419
15 Ode to the War on Terrorism 3:11 6,047

About this album

With legions of rookie rappers trying to master the art of rapping every single day, it’s hard to imagine someone establishing a rap career without relying on the genre’s built-in special skills arsenal comprised of spectacular flows, innovative use of slang, rhyming prowess, a commanding voice, etc. but based on emotion-driven poetics instead. Yet Sole and his Anticon cohorts have done just that. Then again, they’ve come a long way, despite their quick rise to prominence. Just press play on Sole’s second LP, “Selling Live Water” to catch a glimpse of where this guy is coming from:

“The white man’s a fuckin’ devil
I wanted to be black at age 14
so when they say I don’t respect the culture…
truth is, I only rap cause I ain’t smart enough to write a book”

Welcome to Sole’s world, where live water is a metaphor for humans, where self-doubt brings forth inner strength and where text fragments, despite looking like taken out of context, should +not+ be taken out of context. His debut’s clear message to inquiring minds - “and if you don’t understand it, I can’t explain it” - still echoing, “Selling Live Water” is a brand new collection of stream-of-consciousness excursions along the outer regions of rap music. To argue that to understand Sole, you’d have to understand hip-hop, would be a bold statement. But knowing where someone’s coming from sure helps you understand where he’s going. The album-opening “Da Baddest Poet” is where Sole reaches deep into his past, digging up a line he recorded way back in 1993 to reflect his younger, possibly gangsta rap-influenced days.

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