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Hailing from New York City, Iron Solomon is best known as a freestyle battle rapper, paying dues through performing coast to coast in various competitions and catching a zillion views on YouTube. On his debut album he looks to prove that he's a fully formed emcee and avoid the pitfalls of other battle-tested wordsmiths who failed to make the transition (see: Juice, Supernatural, Jin, Skillz, etc.). Following up his well-received collabo single with DMC ("Sucker MCs"), Monster finds him in autobiographical mode, with a strong collection of joints centering on his NYC upbringing, his struggle toward success in the flooded music industry, young love, lyrical gifts, and more. Produced by Solomon and his in-house camp, the album features beats that are a solid mix of hard-knocking boom-bap and freaky synths, with nods to the old school ("The Empire") and more modern sonic accents ("Classic Girl"). For the most part, it's a high-quality release from a young emcee on the rise, with features from Paul Wall, Talib Kweli, and Jean Grae, among others. Don't miss "Get on My Level" and "I'll Be Back."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from New York City, Iron Solomon is best known as a freestyle battle rapper, paying dues through performing coast to coast in various competitions and catching a zillion views on YouTube. On his debut album he looks to prove that he's a fully formed emcee and avoid the pitfalls of other battle-tested wordsmiths who failed to make the transition (see: Juice, Supernatural, Jin, Skillz, etc.). Following up his well-received collabo single with DMC ("Sucker MCs"), Monster finds him in autobiographical mode, with a strong collection of joints centering on his NYC upbringing, his struggle toward success in the flooded music industry, young love, lyrical gifts, and more. Produced by Solomon and his in-house camp, the album features beats that are a solid mix of hard-knocking boom-bap and freaky synths, with nods to the old school ("The Empire") and more modern sonic accents ("Classic Girl"). For the most part, it's a high-quality release from a young emcee on the rise, with features from Paul Wall, Talib Kweli, and Jean Grae, among others. Don't miss "Get on My Level" and "I'll Be Back."

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