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I'm in My Own World

by soce, the elemental wizard

Is soce's world rap, hip hop, pop, classical, or organic? All we can say is that it is wonderfully fun, melodic and enjoyable.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Hip Hop
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1. Feels Good
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2. I'm That
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3. News
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4. Work/Play
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5. RPG Interlude
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6. H but H
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7. Broken Heart
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8. Not Wanted
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9. Wistful Breeze
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10. Magnifying Glass
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11. I Miss You
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12. Going Further
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13. Be Mine
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14. State of Affairs
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15. 7 Hp
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16. Funny Feeling
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17. Bonus Track #1
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18. [Silence]
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19. Bonus Track #2
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A full-fledged adventure into a new style of hip hop, mixing in pop, r&b, and live instruments. soce spills out his heart in his intensely personal and uplifting debut. You will laugh, cry and stare with wonder.. most importantly, you will have fun and want to dance the whole time. Recorded live in the Elemental Palace, then professionally mastered and pressed.. full color.



"Editor's Pick
Soce, the Elemental Wizard - I'm In My Own World

I bet by looking at the cover you wouldn't guess this is a hip-hop album would you? Then again it's a mixed bag, coming from an artist whose produced music for rappers, folk artists, anti-folk artists, and R&B singers. That kind of diversity is spotted throughout the entire album. As he says on "Feels Good", "It's the Jewish, Gay, White MC", which leads you to believe that he's faced tough dilemmas in the past and taken them head-on. The production is outstanding and the rhymes are incredibly impressive and well-felt. He may be in his own world but he's more than willing to share it with us all. Who else wants in?"

- J-Sin, Smother.Net



"In his own world, indeed. The hook here is that Soce (pronounced so-say) is white. And Jewish. And, for good measure, gay. Take that, Matisyahu! The Elemental Wizard is all that, a fact he bluntly confronts in "I'm That": "I'm that rapper that you make fun of, right?/I'm that rapper you can take in a fight/I'm that rapper that you hate/'cause I'm white". Soce takes the joke seriously, and so rises above it. Helps that he's an agile, playful rapper whose frank outness ("He's hot but heterosexual/so delectible" he laments in the comically frustrated "H but H"); is matched by his creative skills behind the board. A prime example: the remarkable "Wistful Breeze," wherein Soce blends peppery beats with lush, jazz-tinged orchestration, achieving a cinematic setting in which he flows soulfully. You've never heard a hip hop record like this one, trust me."

- Demo Universe



"In My Own World is a title that holds true to this release as the album is about Soce's experiences, and definition. Soce dazzles listeners with realism; rather than, ice out rhymes that gas up the talk, and say absolutely nothing. In the record store this album may be over looked as hip hop due to the tranquil cover art that has less hip hop in its design that Stompin Tom's Cowboy boots. But it's more about the music than anything, and that is where this album delivers some of the most imaginative, creative, and inspiring music fans have yet to hear.

In My Own World opens with "Feels Good", a powerfully inspiring track that is blessed with strong lyrics that command attention, and a blissful beat that appeases the inner soul, and makes you want to move. "In My Own World" is new age hip hop that makes fans feel really good while listening. The album follows with 17 more tracks, 2 of which appear to be bonus tracks as they are not listed on the covers track listing. The next song up is "I'm That" which is a very conceptual track that really introduces fans to Soce. Dope beat, Dope lyrics, ill track. All of the songs are equally as strong; however, the few standouts are "Feels Good", "Work / Play", "Wistful Breeze", "State Of Affairs", and "Funny Feeling". Track 5, the RPG Interlude is the least appreciated track on the album, and although creative, informative, and artist, it breaks up the flow of the album. Interludes have no place on an album as fans would much rather a banging track, or a continuously hot flow than a stop-n-pause chatter break.

Another strong point is that the music can be appreciated by wide audience of listeners. A touch of R & B, a hint of Jazz, light hearted hip hop vibes, positive, non offensive lyrics make this album appealing to more listeners. Soce, the Elemental Wizard does not go out with bling bling lyrics, but rather keeps it real. Soce has incredible flow, and delivery as a lyricist. He has a real talent when it comes to articulating his rhymes, and capturing the listener's attention. Soce is an excellent song writer as well, and extremely creative.

In My Own World is an excellent album fans need to recognize and check out, and that's the bottom line. This album will impress most listeners if they give it a chance."

- HipHopHotSpot.com



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"So I put this CD in my stereo, and suddenly I'm listening to ethereal, new agey rap hip-hop from a Jewish, gay, white MC. And it doesn't seem strange at all. Instead of sitting here trying to figure out what I'm listening to, I'm just pulled right into it. This take on hip-hop feels really good.

Each track pushes the boundaries of what hip-hop artists are supposed to look and sound like. What I've seen of the genre, thanks to MTV, tends to be miniskirt-chasing and homophobic, Yet this self-admitted misfit insists on taking his place in this genre, telling us exactly who he is, what it was like growing up liking guys, and how he's not going to let his true nature stop him from what he wants to do. No self-pity. A little bitterness, maybe, but it feels more channeled into determination.

He also refuses to take himself too seriously, as tracks like "Work/Play" prove when he gets downright silly on the chorus. And is that a violin on "News"? Some rappers would have heart attacks, but they should be grateful for such musical blasphemy. It suggests that hip-hop can be more musically diverse and present more than sex, violence, and hating other minorities.

What gives soce so much credibility is that he not only presents himself as he is but tells us again and again what he's not. He's not from the Bronx. He's never been to jail. He's never killed anyone. Just think, if this guy had come along a few years ago, Vanilla Ice never would have had the cajones to show his face at all."

- Jennifer Layton, Indie-Music.com


"Let me tell you right away, this is great hip-hop (just like his website says)."

- Past and Present Webzine

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Jed Ryan of PM Entertainment Magazine

"I'M IN MY OWN WORLD" by socetew
"I'M IN MY OWN WORLD" by socetew

soce (pronounced SO-SAY), the elemental wizard, AKA socetew for short, has been performing all over New York City's formative downtown music scene for a while now, usually wearing his trademark wizard hat and pleasing crowds with smart, funny raps like "Aside from Boy Scouts I ain't never shot glocks... The worst thing that I could do is cock block!" His debut CD, "I Am In My Own World", is expertly crafted, musically intricate, and ultimately addictive hip hop with a street-smart urban sound-- yet his music also carries an original, deep, and often brilliant perspective underneath those hot beats. What can easily overshadow socetew's music skills is his bio. He's white, Jewish, openly gay, and Ivy League-educated. From the very first track "Feels Good", he wastes no time in establishing his, shall we say, "unique" niche:


'It's the Jewish, Gay, White MC,
You might envy my style, and my high energy.
Falling asleep is what people do at your show.
Calling a jeep is how they get to my promo."


In "I'm That", the second track, he continues:


"I'm that rapper that you make fun of, right?
I'm that rapper you can take in a fight.
I'm that rapper that you hate cuz I'm white.
I'm that rapper. I'm that rapper."


It may be too easy to label soce, the elemental wizard as a novelty. But there's absolutely NOTHING gimmicky about this guy... and any gimmicks or labels would fall flat if an artist didn't back up his image with his musical skills. Yes, he may occasionally make fun of his own persona, but don't think for a minute that socetew doesn't carry himself like a star all the way. You'd be hard-pressed to find a similarly young rising hip hop artist with greater sense of personal artistic style or clearer eye on his own musical agenda than socetew, which comes through in both his live shows and his CD's. On "I Am In My Own World", he delivers clever and occasionally self-indulgent rhymes from his own one-of-a-kind New York City boy perspective, often breaking new ground when he raps about stuff like gay male vanity and body obsession ("Wistful Breeze") and the drama of meeting Mr. Right ("State of Affairs"). He's not above rapping about some lusty desires, like on "H But H" ("He's hot but he's 'het'", with lyrics like: "Because he's hot, but he's heterosexual. Cut the bullcrap, cuz you phat, but I knew that. This cool cat is not selectable. He's like a vegetable; not flexible.") an instant classic that would have enough casual appeal to make it a radio favorite-- if mainstream hip hop stations only, 'scuse the expression, had the balls. Despite a few lighthearted verbal topedoes at the recording industry and a few shrewd observations about the state of hip hop music today ("Funny Feeling") , mostly the rapper takes a lighthearted journey through his own life-- musical aspirations, sex and love ("Not Wanted"), and life in general. Check out "Magnifying Glass":


"Individuality,
Has a very low salary,
It's often seen as a malady,
And that's a reality...
But you gotta give it a try,
You should never have to split the pie
Cause someday you could hit the fly,
Unless you'd rather just sit and sigh..."


In addition to rap, socetew shows off some greater vocal skills with tracks like the feverishly romantic "Broken Heart", adopting a soulful style of delivery which owes a bit more to old-style classic R&B than today's sounds. With some seriously smooth yet lively grooves in the background, the tracks are pretty astonishing-- something of an homage to '70's style funk and soul, even though we suspect that this artist would be too young to remember that era. Yes, he can rap AND he's got a singing voice. On much of "I Am In My Own World", he does both, layering the two vocal styles often in the same track-- like he does on "Not Wanted", "Be Mine", and "I Miss You". The first time I listened, I certainly didn't believe it was the same singer, until soce himself told me that he usually does ALL the vocals on his music. It ain't just socetew's words or voice that stand out on "I Am In My Own World". His brand of lyrical indulgence could be deadly for a hip hop artist if the music wasn't flawless. But in "I Am in My own World", the beats sound 10 years in the making. As soce, the elemental wizard raps and sings, state-of-the-art musical intricacies and special effects go off in the background. Even on a whimsical track like "Work/Play" ("I hate doing work, but I love playing games..."), the music takes on a well-crafted, multi-faceted effect.

Yeah, I know that I could go into a whole pseudo-sociological analysis on the significance of white rap stars in today's modern NYC music scene, but why bother? Great music is great music. So instead I'll sum up the intense appeal of "I Am In My Own World" with the first lyric that the star smoothly delivers on the opening track: "Because it feels good". Check out socetew's website, www.socetew.com or www.greathiphop.com. It's more than just soce's personal site... it's a multi-dimensional Xanadu for hip hop fans and music lovers of all varities. Be prepared to be spellbound...
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matty c (endless flame)

you rock
very good cd. you inspire me as always. love it and adore you.
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Michael Dichard

LOVE IT
I love this cd soce has a way with words that no other hip/hop rap artist I've ever heard can match. You'll love this one and all his cd's. Believe me heard the all now hear from THE BEST
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