After spending 10 months traveling the world, Seattle rapper SOL returned to the studio this summer to get back to business. The result is a batch of new tracks that's sure to have hip hop heads buzzing.
Aptly titled the Eyes Open EP, this 8-track collection (10 on the deluxe edition) finds the artist reflecting on the many people and places he encountered during his travels to to countries including Haiti, Uganda and Ethiopia. And while rooted in the artist's relatable lyrics about love and life, this release finds a more daring SOL - one whose not afraid to address the privileges his position as an American citizen granted him during his time abroad. In a statement on his Facebook page, SOL writes:
Even though the EP is just a mere blip on the radar of music history, this record means much more to me than anything I've accomplished to this point. For each question raised with my 2012 album Yours Truly, there is an answer on Eyes Open. After seeing what I have seen and connecting with people in some of the world’s most intense conditions, this was the project I needed to make. As an American and as an artist I battled with the privilege of my position. I entered impoverished communities that lack the resources and connections that I have taken for granted since the day I was born. "
Beyond SOL's new perspective, Eyes Open introduces a more eclectic sound for SOL - whose attention to gritty instrumentation and precise arrangement continues to set him apart as a Northwest artist.