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Originally from Portland, Maine, Sole is among the most prolific and divisive figures in hip-hop's sub-underground. He got into a well-publicized beef on wax with Company Flow's El-P, put out the critically acclaimed Music for the Advancement of Hip Hop (which came out just as the Internet was blowing up), and found a fervently loyal audience around the world. Breaking free of traditional limitations regarding beats, rhymes, cadences, and general funkiness, Sole and company (Doseone, Jel, Why?, Pedestrian, etc.) rejected all notions of what music should sound like and basically set the standard for avant-garde rap. Hello Cruel World is his third album with The Skyrider Band, and it's just what fans would expect. Melodramatic storytelling and unpredictable cadences are set to freaky time signatures, heavy synths, and glitchy beats, with help from co-conspirators like Sage Francis, Ceschi, and Xiu Xiu. It's unlikely to set things off at a dance party, but it's sonically compelling and undeniably original. Check the title track, "Immortality," and "Progress Trap."

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this album is great from start to finish

His best yet...

With this album Sole has managed to stay above the fray of mediocre hip-hop currently being produced. The production on this album is incredible, and with The Skyrider Band, Sole has found the perfect production team to temper his taste for the avant-garde - creating a sound that is more accessible to a wider audience than some of his previous albums. Clever, ambient and refreshing...this album perfectly captures the zeitgeist of the marvelous times we seem to be living through. This is his best album yet...and I imagine that this contribution will nudge hip-hop in the right direction. Artists like Sole continue to show the world that hip-hop need not fit into a genre-box...and that this is the sound of the future of music in general.


His best work so far, ez to listen to and deep toughts.

Hello Cruel World, Sole & The Skyrider Band
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