I think hip hop is the toughest type of music to be accepted by the masses because most people already have a negative perception of what the genre is all about before they even give it a chance. At least that’s what I have experienced personally. But for those who appreciate hip hop music as an art form like I do, where ideas and thoughts take different shapes and crazy sizes, listening to a cleverly constructed track can be one of the most incredible musical experiences anyone can go through. “Jump In” by Seattle artist SOL is the perfect example.
The intro to “Jump In” is attention grabbing to say the least and the resulting electronic sheen really sets a cool upbeat tone from the start. And when the hard-hitting beats drop I am definitely all in. SOL throws it down with a silky style that is slick and controlled. It’s a flow that reminds me a little bit of ‘Kanye’ at times, but minus the corny ‘West’ rhymes or tones I have a hard time getting into. I really like all the unique instrumentation I hear and feel scattered across the track from the smooth trombone grooves and random vocal splashes, to the Mexican style trumpet outbursts. And even though some of the lyrics to “Jump In” tiptoe the line of lacking creativity, the overall wall of sound keeps my head bobbing!
“Jump In” is the first single from the upcoming Eyes Open EP, which should be released on September 10th. SOL has long been a major player in the Northwest music scene and I believe a stronger national presence is just around the corner!