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Nobody gave sOuL permission to make his brand of hip-hop, and he likes it this way. Sometimes eclectic, sometimes fierce, pounding on the doors of the establishment, sOuL has been on a collision course for expanding the boundaries of contemporary music for some time now. Releasing his first album in the early 2000's A World Without End showcased sOuL's own beats and lyrics with the collaborative mix of live musicians, recorded in a day; this combination brought forth a steady stream of live performances with his 4 piece band in and around the California Bay Area. In 2006 came sOuL's 12” vinyl offering: Body in the Trunk (A side) and As I Walk (B Side) circulated amongst local, national and international DJ's along with numerous free downloads on the internet. This single was the setup for the long awaited second EP release: The Unspoken Word.

 

With sOuL's unfiltered lyrics The Unspoken Word is both introspective and futuristic traveling through the social, political, the serious and the funny. From the opening track's “Copx”- a psychedelic trip-hop song that expresses lyrics of outrage searching for justice, to “Boombastic” triumphant horns and driving bass, infused with such lines as  “crushed velvet spit kickers for the heat seekers”. “Black Mahogany Frost” finds sOuL flipping words and images of sleepless nights “before garbage men come come clean the streets/pickin up pieces of dreams and pieces of me/across cold kitchen floors on bended knees/just hope my kids wait to discover the scene”

Go Back”, a track that echoes the feeling of longing for yesterday with its 70's beat, allure and feel: “ Street signs don't look behind but keep reaching/ forward and I know it but the past strip teasing/showing off the best disguising the unrest making me feel like them times was the best”.  Years in the making, the album took many twists and turns, as sOuL experienced the haunting of perfectionism, the project got put on hold twice, with numerous song versions and re-writes along the way. Turning over a majority of the production duties to a talented group of beat makers, producers and musicians freed sOuL up and aided the album's completion. As sOuL explains it, "This album is my tribute to the chants, the rhymes, and the invisible that moves and unites us all! I had to make it as hot as I could!" Widely available through Bandcamp, iTunes, and Pandora and a host of other digital music sites. The Unspoken Word should be heard!