Anybody who knows me – like, really knows me – knows that I’m a sucker for lyrical prowess when it comes to Hip Hop. It almost doesn’t matter what’s being said for me so long as how it’s being said is dope. I listen for the poetry in it which is, no matter what, the true essence at the core of rhyming. Combine that with good storytelling, passion, and heart, then you’re golden in my book.
So it was a blessing when Soja hit me up with some new tracks from his upcoming EP titled No Boxes, a project the young emcee openly admits he’s doing in order to test himself. “I want to bring back the art of concepts and clever wordplay,” he said when I asked him what his mindset was while writing and producing the project. “I feel like it’s missing and I feel I am versatile enough to not be limited in a creative box.”
The two singles “Fly High,” and “Let Go” follow the precedent that Soja is setting with this project. Set against hard-hitting, thumping beats that are quickly becoming his trademark, Soja’s lyrics paint a vivid picture of someone who is breaking any and all restraints and really going hard with his craft. “‘Fly High’ is me saying I’m done holding back,” he explains. “I’m freeing my mind and aiming for higher ‘cause I’m dope enough and more advanced than these rappers lyrically.” Soja’s confidence definitely comes through in this song, and is a nice contrast to “Let Go,” which focuses more on his attempts to move past his self-doubts. “‘Let Go’ is a very emotional song for me,” he admits. “It’s literally me letting go of the doubt, the hurt, the confusion – reaching within self and letting it all out and going beyond your own expectations. That song means everything to me.”
In an era of music where the material things get more shine than genuine, from-the-heart, skillful rhymes, I think Soja is refreshing and is saying things in his music that we can all relate to. But I know you’re tired of hearing me talk, so I’ll let you listen for yourself. You can get both singles on iTunes for $0.99 each. And look out for No Boxes, dropping early 2013.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Singles on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fly-high-single/id561719388
Yungg Soja on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/yunggsoja614
Yungg Soja on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/yunggsoja
Yungg Soja on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/sojamusik
Yesterday Columbus, Ohio native emcee/producer, Yungg Soja, hit my Facebook wall with a handful of links that included new music, interviews, and performances. Among them was Vol. 2 of his collabo project with fellow Columbus emcee, Turnz, called Deadly Combination. Another rhyme, one that really stood out for me, was Food For Thought, a lyrically intricate message that observes blatant social issues while making the point that we are often the cause and solution to those problems. Soja chimes:
Get your job right,
cause we on the verge of self destruction,
unlawful structure soaked in the stench of urban corruption
In an era of Hip Hop that’s more testes-hugging skinny jeans and pop than anything, it’s nice to see someone take it back to a street-conscious level. And, having heard Soja’s rhymes for a little while now, I can tell you one thing…social messages aside, this kid is about nothing but raw lyricism; that kind that you have to rewind to catch, making it seem like everyone else is just Dr. Seuss-ing their raps. I’m not going to say too much else. I’ll just leave you with the links and let you hear for yourself. But drop a comment…let me know if you dig it.
Oh, and if you’re in the Columbus area, Soja and Turnz will be opening for Raekwon at Skully’s on April 23rd.
Yungg Soja & Turnz – Deadly Combination 2:
Yungg Soja on Facebook:
Raekwon at Skully’s:
Yes. More Hip Hop for your ears, people.
I was chilling, drawing…the usual…when Yungg Soja hit my page with a link to his newest mixtape, Pen n Pad Vol. 2.
I’ve been so out of the loop lately that I wasn’t aware that he had this mixtape in the works, and I had been dying for some new music so this came right on schedule. I hit play, then after a few bars….
Yungg Soja the lyric addict, I’m back at it/trying to add my stats up, impossible mathematics/the mathematics with these bars, infinite past ya’ll/spit it sicker, iller, quicker, beyond sars
…I had to hit pause.
Hold on, I thought, is this just the intro???
See, I love multis and intricate rhyme schemes, and Soja never wastes time delivering on both. Straight out of Columbus, Ohio, I think this young artist is destined to put his city on the map. But I’ll let you listen for yourself, since bars speak louder than words. You can listen to and download Pen n Pad Vol. 2 for free at the link below:
And I’ll just leave you with a sample of some sick lines from the artist himself.