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Passion Hunger Sacrifice

by Sol Ace

The Sol Ace EP, a story of Passion... Hunger... and Sacrifice. Raw lyrics, real stories, straight Hip Hop.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: East Coast
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1. The Sacrifice (Intro)
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2. Whats Good
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3. Since U Been Gone (feat. Lagato Shine)
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4. Love & Hip Hop (Interlude)
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5. 2 Step
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6. My Lil Man
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7. Rhyme No More (Interlude)
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8. Tales of a Thug (feat. E Pope)
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9. Memoirs of a Teenager
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10. Blow Up (Freestyle)
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11. Daydreamin / Phs (feat. Olivia Gilmore)
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12. The Love Song
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13. The Format (feat. Cash Talk, Mook Diamonds & Lagato Shine)
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14. Eyes On the Prize
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15. Dear Ace
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16. Outro (feat. Lagato Shine)
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17. Swag Like Me (Bonus Track)
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Album Notes
SOL ACE (BIOGRAPHY)

HIP-HOP / RAP / SOUL
NEW YORK, NY

"Set backs, poor choices, and being knocked down has lead to some of my best music...it inspires me."

In the face of adversity, Rapper/MC Sol Ace has consistantly managed to draw from a multitude of life situations and translate them into an intriguing musical experience. In an era dominated by lyrical heavyweights, the Hempstead, NY native developed his niche at an early age.

Starting out writing rhymes and recording himself with a karaoke machine, a young Sol Ace (at the time known as Ace Hardware) uncovered an outlet through which he would channel his every ambition, inner thought and emotion. By the time he was 14, young Ace grew a reputation as a hungry hip hop artist with genuine talent and a unique style. His newly found passion was accompanied by a growing desire for greatness, and an unshakeable determination to be recognized not only locally, but historically as one of hip hop's elite.

After a period of various group attempts, Hardware's distinguished lyrical abiliy, flow, and track presence stood out amongst his peers and it became obvious that his potential was without limit. It was this potential that caught the attention of Loud/Sony Recording artist Lagato Shine, who took the promising artist under his wing.

"Linking up wit Shine was the defining moment for me...like that's when music became much more than just recreation. Actually, it was the birth of my career in music."

Presently, Sol Ace finds himself in an ideal situation, in which his destiny lies in his own hands. As co-founder of Last Run Entertainment, his company has secured distribution through The Orchard, who also distributes the likes of TVT Records, Wu Music Group and Babygrande Records amongst others.

"The sky is the limit, and at this point we're still on the runway"

The Sol Ace EP: Passion...Hunger...Sacrifice is Sol Ace's solo album debut. Up next Sol Ace will be releasing a joint venture album with label mate Lagato Shine in 2014.




REVIEW: SOL ACE, SINCE U BEEN GONE

SOL ACE, SINCE U BEEN GONE
29 APR, 2014 CHARLES SWEET


With current hip hop transitioning into an amalgam of drill, pop and electro, there’s been a noticeable lack of anything resembling the foundation lain by the forefathers of rap decades ago; compositions rife with high quality rhymes with substance, with topics ranging from the socially conscious to remembrance of good times with your crew. Many question what’s to be done but the Hempstead, New York’s resident MC/Producer Sol Ace has an answer, and possibly the only real one at that: stop worrying about ‘bringing New York back’ and instead bring back the feel, the attitude and the raw essence of what made the Golden Era so great; top-notch production and quotable bars. A simple, yet effective riposte and evidence of this can be found on “Since U Been Gone”, the first single from his upcoming The Sol Ace EP: Passion…Hunger…Sacrifice.

“Since U Been Gone” comes on with a choppy sample and Sol setting the scene with “It’s been a while/Good to see you…/” before launching into a chorus that rides the beat smoothly and what jumps out at me from the get-go is how well Sol Ace is able to nail home an authentic feel, especially during the midpoint of his verse where he spits “This ain’t candle lights and wine and dine/More like Black & Mild, Smirnoff rise and shine/It’s nine to 9, on my way to my 9 to 5”; these are the kinds of stories that we hold dear because we all understand the struggle of trying to pursue your dream while simultaneously struggling to make rent. There’s no question about Sol’s ability to tell a compelling story, and that arguably above everything else is why I dig this song so much.

Sol Ace’s second verse on “Since U Been Gone” comes in like a 1-2 punch; whereas before he goes in-depth to narrate the hardships a young MC faces, the second time around he does away with all formality and goes directly for the jugular with piercing bars like “Emergency red lights go ‘Danger! Danger!’/ bullsh*t detected, I’m ‘bout to be infected/put the microphone down, you ain’t even check it”. I’m a big fan of old school nods and when Sol Ace broke out the reference to the classic Jay-Z song “Friend or Foe”, I knew he was for real. Overall, the song is solid as he stepped up to the mic and did his thing amicably. The beat was unpretentious and the scratch effect on the hook was the crowning jewel on what really is a preview of much greater things to come. The song did exactly what it was supposed to: have me looking forward to The Sol Ace EP: Passion…Hunger…Sacrifice when it drops.

Review by: Charles Sweet
Rating: 5 (out of 5 stars)

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Alice Neiley

Sol Ace, Passion Hunger Sacrifice
If an ‘inspirational rap’ genre exists, it’s embodied in Sol Ace and the new hip-hop EP, Passion Hunger Sacrifice. In the intro, “Sacrifice,” Sol Ace immediately employs golden spun word play, introducing the album as quick, tight, and thematic. There’s no room for beating around the bush, only for growth, drive, and loyalty—even if these themes repeat themselves a few times, there’s strength in numbers, there’s power.

Sol Ace produces inspiration even with the use of controversial, even offensive language—not just your usual cursing, but words like ‘faggot’ as well, as in “What’s Good.” Oddly, the context in which this word is used doesn’t make it any more significant than a mere throwaway phrase, so I barely even bristle. In fact, I’m all in. The album moves progressively from the general subject matter of moving up the financial/fame ladder—‘this one’s for the kids in the hood up to no good thinkin’ he ain’t got no where to go but oh no,’ to more specific ones like winning over a woman in a club in “2 Step—“baby I don’t dance but I can two step,” which is a very well played, witty word play for sexual seduction, to story songs like “Little Man,” about a father and son. Sol Ace clearly knows what to emphasize first to make the doorway into the album as huge as possible, then layering details along the way, drawing the listener into a narrative as thick and rich as his/her own life.

Regardless of what seems like unnecessarily harsh language, especially for this ‘rising from the rough’ theme, Passion Hunger Sacrifice has me at hello, not only because of the stories within each track, but because of the musicality— rhythm, instrumentation, and an incredibly skilled use of rhyme. ‘Hello’ could end up rhyming with something fairly ordinary like ‘mellow,’ or slant rhyming with something like ‘ring the bell, bro—’ in “Memoirs of a Teenager,” for example: ‘they wanna know what’s on my mind but it’s too much to speak and I often ask myself why’s this happen to me why I have to be the one with nothin’ to eat,’ and ‘don’t let it fool you too much that I’m young in my years/cuz my mind’s old and wise and I see things clear.”

The instrumentation, layered loops of percussion and synthesized sounds, mostly serves as background, with a few surprises like the ‘cocking gun’ sound effects in “Tales of a Thug,” and the covered Adele riff that introduces “The Love Song,” and reappears as interlude and background throughout the track.

The vocals emerge from a classic hip hop/rap style, not especially melodic like Kanye or some of Tupac, but not shouted or growly like Ice Cube, either. As brilliantly demonstrated by “The Love Song,” melodies are established within the intro and they often loop throughout the tracks. This is hip hop at its best. Though not especially innovative as a whole, the use of this largely classic rap music recipe allows Sol Ace to make lyrics his primary art; his beats and occasionally starkly unique riffs send those words over the fence, like Babe Ruth calling his never-seen-before shot.

That being said, each track does have a completely different vibe than the one before, often because of a shift, if only slight, in instrumentation, as on “Blowup (freestyle), “Special,” where clapping, synthesized organ/electric guitar, and a lowball, bass vocal riff takes over the intro and continues to lay down a thick wall of sound that almost overshadows the words and trades them for a feeling of all consuming, angry intensity. Almost, but not quite. Lines like, “brand new baby boy/the reason for my journey/back to the basics of reachin’ for the heavenly,” balance out the track just enough to keep the album inspirational while also covering a full range of emotions.

On the other side of the coin, “Eyes on the Prize” introduces a sudden mellowing of tempo and drastic reduction of complexity. It begins with a single piano and layer of rap, and even when the tempo picks up, gathering a drum beat on its way, the track remains simple in both instrumentation and message “I’m headed to the top no lie/believe like a bird you can fly.”

“Dear Ace” is similarly mellow, but Sol Ace switches three quarters through the song from a repetitive, deep, head-bobbing rhythm and echoey organ synth, to a digital, high pitched ‘chipmunk’ vocal bridge which transitions the song into even more simplicity than how it began, both instrumentally with solo organ synth and thematically (the album being about Sol Ace’s own journey to the top) with “I don’t know where I’d be without ya/Sometimes I don’t know what I’d do without ya/so I had to write this song about ya,” which seems to be directed at himself.

“Outro” and the bonus track “Swag Like Me” perfectly wrap up the album musically and thematically—solid, deep vocals, words like “passion,” “endurance,” “dedication,” in “Outro,” and the playful, Lil’ Wayne-esque dance beats of “Swag Like Me,” continuing the lyrical story of a star rising to the top: “homie I’m next up and I’m comin.’”

Even if the album seems to lack shiny, imaginative subjects—the insistent push of theme occasionally feels exhausting—Sol Ace uses musical surprises to make up for it, and the album is either magnetic in lyric, instrumentation, or, on the best, most radio likely tracks (“Sacrifice,” “The Love Song,” “Swag Like Me”), both at once.

Passion Hunger Sacrifice suggests, again and again, in both word and structure, that there is a push, a thick skin to hardship, and an insistence necessary for success, for stardom. And Sol Ace has done it. He is indeed a risen star, perhaps something even brighter—a moon, a rocket, an exciting, yet familiar planet.

Reviewed by Alice Neiley
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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Charles Sweet

Sol Ace, The Sol Ace EP: Passion Hunger Sacrifice
Ordinarily I wouldn’t put a spotlight on an album’s intro song but “Sacrifice” is something special and worthy of mention. When I first heard the sample drop I felt a chill; this is the epitome of quality hip hop at its core and that Sol Ace DELIVERS with the bars from jump helped me understand that the anticipation I had very well was worth it. “But ‘Hov taught me something, you can run with some of the greatest!” was as profound a punctuation in a song as I’ve ever heard and if the album had 15 more cuts just like this the only obstacle I’d feel he had was time because his persistent care is all over this track.

“Love & Hip Hop” features that classic break beat that you undoubtedly know but probably can’t place. The instrumental changes a couple times and Sol has no problem keeping up with it as it switches on a whim. This is that 60 Minutes of Funk off-the-cuff freestyle vibe and I found it clever how he was able to sew the different pop references into a cohesive web that rocked heavily. “Tales of a Thug” features E Pope and the track is as gritty as the words, wrapped in dilapidation with a violent edge but optimistic; I really felt included in this one as the two set the scene and the song reminded of “Coming of Age” by Jay-Z and Memphis Bleek.

“My Lil’ Man” touched me because of the genuinely vulnerable nature of the song (my man even broke out in off-key song at one point) and that it, as a concept, is often overlooked—fatherhood—and the ramifications of a father being there. That he mentioned how his son was picking up cues from his life of rhyme shows just how influential his son has been in his life. The beat was smooth, precise and enjoyable. Bump this in the whip and reminisce.

There isn’t much to speak negatively of here—Sol Ace has long since proven himself capable of carrying a track to an impressive conclusion—but what there is, it is criticism that must be made because of how it affects the grand scope. More specifically, it’s his want to step outside of what he knows works and adventure through more mainstream aspects. “Swag Like Me” is unnecessarily included as a bonus track and everything about this song says ‘no’; he’s far too lyrical to dumb himself down for a pseudo-club song. The song doesn’t fit the feel of the project, he sounds completely out of place and if I were there in the studio with him I would’ve asked him to keep that one off Passion Hunger Sacrifice entirely. The only other thing I couldn’t rock with is the series of freestyles present: either they’re an attempt to lengthen the album or a misguided attempt at showing his prowess over alternative styles of beats. Either way, they’re

Overall, Sol Ace doesn’t disappoint with this album; it is a solid piece of work with an understanding of what it is supposed to be and a no-frills attitude. At the end of the day it’s still very much as Phonte of Little Brother fame put it, “Good beats, good rhymes, what more do y’all want?”

Review by: Charles Sweet
Rating: 4 (out of 5 stars)
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Alex Henderson

Sol Ace, Passion Hunger Sacrifice
For those who know a lot about the history of hip-hop, Long Island, NY has a lot of credibility. It was Long Island (or as many MCs have called it over the years, “Strong Island”) that, back in the 1980s, gave us Public Enemy (one of the best, most important political rap groups of all time), EPMD, De La Soul (who were quite influential in alternative rap) and Eric B. & Rakim. And the 1990s gave us the likes of Craig Mack, Keith Murray and R.A. the Rugged Man, among others. So Long Island, be it Nassau County or Suffolk County, is a good place to be representing if one is a rapper. And in 2014, Hempstead native Sol Ace represents Long Island in a recognizably East Coast way on The Sol Ace EP: Passion, Hunger, Sacrifice.



This CD isn’t really an EP: it is a full-length album that lasts an hour and has 17 tracks altogether. And it is an album that is easily recognizable as hip-hop from the Northeastern Corridor. Listening to “2 Step,” “What’s Good,” “The Sacrifice” or “Blow Up,” one hears a straight-up East Coast b-boy style. There are many regional variations in modern hip-hop, from the Dirty South school found in the southern states to all the rappers out in California. But the approach on The Sol Ace EP: Passion, Hunger, Sacrifice is pure New York City b-boy. From Sol Ace’s rapping style/flow to his infectious beats, the northeastern b-boy aesthetic is alive and well on tracks like “Eye on the Prize,” “Rhyme No More” and “The Love Song.” And Sol Ace isn’t afraid to deliver lyrics that have substance.



Modern hip-hop is full of cartoonish artists who spend all their time rapping about “bitches and hoes and Alizé” and offer a steady diet of decadence, materialism and hedonism. Instead of keeping it real, they are keeping it in the fantasy realm and favor pure escapism. But Sol Ace, on the other hand, doesn’t shy away from meaningful lyrics. A serious, introspective tone prevails on “Eyes on the Prize,” “Memoirs of a Teenager,” “Daydreamin’/PHS” and “Since U Been Gone” as well as on “The Sacrifice” and “Love and Hip-Hop.” Sol Ace, for the most part, is clearly going for substance, not frivolity.



On “Tales of a Thug,” Sol Ace raps about a subject that MCs have been addressing ever since Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five recorded “The Message” for Sugar Hill Records back in 1982: thug life. There are different ways to rap about thug life: West Coast gangsta rappers like Ice-T, N.W.A, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Above the Law and DJ Quik rapped about it in the first person, whereas “The Message,” Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde’s “Fast Life” from 1984 and the Fat Boys’ “Don’t Be Stupid” from 1985 took the third-person approach. And the third-person approach is what Sol Ace takes on “Tales of a Thug,” which is a cautionary tale about urban crime and violence. On “Tales of a Thug,” things end badly for someone living the thug life just as they did 32 years ago on “The Message” or 30 years ago on “Fast Life.” The message of “Tales of a Thug”: crime doesn’t pay, although it’s easy to get caught up in it if one lives in the ‘hood.



One thing hip-hop fans have learned over the years is that no city, area or region can expect to dominate hip-hop forever. If one area is turning out a lot of successful rappers today, that doesn’t mean that it will be just as hot tomorrow. But when an area has given us as many major-league MCs as Long Island has given us, one cannot help but root for the area. And Sol Ace represents Long Island with solid results on The Sol Ace EP: Passion, Hunger, Sacrifice.



Review by Alex Henderson
3.5 stars out of 5
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