Esohel
Gig Seeker Pro

Esohel

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
Band Hip Hop

Calendar

This band hasn't logged any future gigs

This band hasn't logged any past gigs

Music

Press


"Esohel Grinding Daily"

Esohel started off as a grade school kid influenced by music videos displayed on The Box, a local television station dedicated to playing videos at viewers request. With no money to purchase cd’s at the time and with the help of a cassette recorder, Es would record the audio from some of his favorite videos to play back on demand. Not fully understanding the lyrics from some artists, Esohel would spend hours decyphering songs by stopping and playing songs off the tape recorder and writing the words down as he heard them. With this practice Esohel was able to recite his favorite songs on point to his friends, realizing he too could write his own raps.

Looking back at his first writings, one syllable rhyme patterns and simplistic topics allowed for a foundation to be built and left room for improvement each time around. Only a few people knew of his hobby which he was reluctant to reveal at the time. The encouragment of his brothers and the hate from naysayers at school stuck with him and only furthered his drive to pursue music. The Artists that helped inspire Esohel early on were the likes of Busta Rhymes, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Nas, and Chicago natives Crucial Conflict. The styles of these artists helped him develop an understanding of the art form of hiphop from delivery to rhyme schemes, and allowed him to create one of his own.
By Freshmen year in High School, Esohel (Then Emce Sol) had gained enough confidence to publicly display his own work at the annual talent show. Making the cut and performing in front of hundreds of people, his first on stage appearance sparked a fire that to this day can not be put out. That same year a demo was submitted to Chicago local radio station 107.5 WGCI for their Music Seminar placing Esohel as a finalist. These accomplishments gave reassurence to his talents and motivated him to work harder.

In 1999, Sol began work on his first solo album “Eclipse” on the independent label Under Investigation Records which was formed with the help of his older brother DJ Poor. In house production along with savy marketing strategies helped gain street buzz for the emerging artist’s first release. With great response to the album, the label grew its artist roster and wrapped up work on Esohel’s second album “Full Exposure” solidifying him as a serious artist in the local underground scene.

Consistantly dropping music allowed Esohel to rock shows all over the city and surrounding states, opening up for Cam’Ron, Styles P of the Lox, and L.E.P.Bogus Boys to name a few. Esohel performed at venues such as the infamous Club E2, Subterranean, Abby Pubb, and McCormick place.
Esohel dropped a couple mixtapes for free download in 2010, both receiving rave reviews. The year was topped off with a trip to New York where “Take Notes”, the first video off of “Essential LP”, was shot and directed in the 5pointz Graffiti Mecca by Beast Factory Films’ Sense Hernandez and released this year(2011). With hype building up, “Essential LP” dropped in July and was featured on major websites FakeShoreDrive.com, KevinKnottingham.com, DefSounds.com. The album is still receiving a major push with the help from the lead singles’ videos “Bleed” and “In the Rain” which received over 2,000 plays in the first 2 days of release this October. The songs “Let Me Show You”, “Take The World” and “Last Chance” all off “Essential” received a warm welcome on Dj Timbuck2's “Go ILL” radio show on Chicago’s number one Hip Hop Radio Station WGCI 107.5 FM.

Esohel is currently shooting video for “Struggle and Pain” off of “Essential” with director Carlos Martinez and is begining work on a few projects slated for release next year 2012. Now with Dj Ricky Dubs as his official stage dj, his live sets have raised the bar for raw hip hop performances. Plans for the near future include viral video campaign leading up to his next official album release along with more out of state shows such as SXSW. With his fanbase building and the team expanding, there is no end in sight but a bright future ahead for Esohel. Stay tuned.

What’s the first thing you would say to someone when they ask you to describe yourself as an artist?
Versitile would be the first word to describe me as an artist for the reason that there isn’t a style i can not adapt to. The production at hand is the canvas which inspires what verse will paint the overall song with out comprimising lyrics.

How long have you been in the industry?
I’ve been writing since grade school(1997-98) but didnt get serious until freshman year(1998-99) in highschool where i began to do talent shows across the city. Towards senior year(2002), my resume consisted of performances at various clubs, festivals, and carshows all over the midwest along with 2 independent album release by years end. With that said, i have been in the industry for over a decade.

Do you have any projects out now?
My discography consists of the following:
“Eclipse” (1999)
“Full Exposure” (2001)
“Global Warming” (2005)
“Up Early- The Slep On Mixtape” (2009)
“Industry Series Vol.1? (2010)
“Essential” (2011)

What inspires your music?
Alot of my inspiration for my music comes from the fans response to my previous work. Hearing that songs i’ve made have touched other people in a way that i wouldnt have imagine helps stear the direction I take my music. Real life situations and the day to day struggles inspire my writing because that is what most of my listener relate to.

Where are you from?
I am from the Brickyard area located on the NorthWest side of Chicago, Illinois.
What artists in the industry inspire you the most today?
Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, J.Cole, Big Krit, Andre 300, Nas, and Lil Wayne.
Why is that?
All these artist inspire me for different reasons since they all bring something unique to the table with out compromising lyrics and originality.

What makes you different from other artist today?
Most artist today have a sound that resembles another artist and that automatically seperates me from the pack. My delivery, wordplay, and rhyme schemes are hard to pinpoint to other artists making my sound different from anything out. In the current state of recycled styles and out the mold radio tunes, I take pride in going against the grain and switching up the norm to a fresh frequency.

What do you want your future fans to know about you?
I want my future fans to know that they are in for a lifetime commitment because I do not do this for the money or the fame, I do it for the love of the artform and plan on raising the bar each time around for as long as i am breathing. I bleed this.

- Alwayz Therro Magazine


"Esohel: In The Rain (Music Video)"

Chicago’s own Esohel drops his latest music video to “In The Rain,” a joint from his album Essential. According to him, the song was “written to motivate and inspire anyone who may have experienced abuse in any form while in a relationship.” I’m not sure why we haven’t featured his music before cause I’m really digging this track. Download Essential at Esohel‘s bandcamp. - KevinNottingham.com Written by Carsten


"Mixtap: Esohel- Essential"

An essential download, indeed.
The long awaited album “Essential” from Esohel is now available and features guest appearances by U Dot Fam, Astonish (Molemen Records), Kenlo Key (Tha Intavention), Voyce G.I. Go, Visual,and Natalie Oliver. The 18 track album comes with production from Wes P, Dynamic, J-Rell, Serious, and Anton Genius. Download this now for free courtesy of UDotFam.com - FakeShoreDrive.com Written by Andrew Barber


"Mixtap: Esohel- Essential"

An essential download, indeed.
The long awaited album “Essential” from Esohel is now available and features guest appearances by U Dot Fam, Astonish (Molemen Records), Kenlo Key (Tha Intavention), Voyce G.I. Go, Visual,and Natalie Oliver. The 18 track album comes with production from Wes P, Dynamic, J-Rell, Serious, and Anton Genius. Download this now for free courtesy of UDotFam.com - FakeShoreDrive.com Written by Andrew Barber


"Esohel "Bleed" Music Video"

“Bleed” is the lead single for Esohel‘s upcoming free album, Essential, and can stand on its own with some solid raps from the Chi-City emcee. But the audio is juxtaposed with an intense story of Esohel’s ex-flame catching sorrow over her loss as the video above takes the song to another level. It is well-acted by the leading lady Melissa Hedberg and in her scenes, you’d be hard pressed not to find a moment that conveys the concept’s emotion. It all leads to culminating scene that I liked cinematically and for its shock factor. Press play above and see how it all plays out, and be on the lookout for Essential dropping July 12th. - GoWhereHipHop.com written by Sgt.Tibs


"Esohel - Essential"

"I’ve definitely been impressed by the leaks that Chicago emcee Esohel has been sending me the past few weeks. Well, now his full-length album Essential is finally here. I suggest you all give this a few spins and a download" - WHUTUPDOE.com Written by Dub


Discography

Esohel "Essential" LP
http://esohel.bandcamp.com

Esohel "Industry Series Vol.1" Blended by DJ Poor
http://limelinx.com/files/8f07c945346313177e212355d8fdbeab

Esohel "Up Early: The Slept-On Mixtape" Blended by DJ Poor
http://limelinx.com/files/67f1cc7ab6c6eeff9011221b9c48fdc1

Photos

Bio

Esohel started off as a grade school kid influenced by music videos displayed on The Box, a local television station dedicated to playing videos at viewers request. The Artists that helped inspire Esohel early on were the likes of Busta Rhymes, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Nas, and Chicago natives Crucial Conflict. The styles of these artists helped him develop an understanding of the art form of hiphop and allowed him to create one of his own. The independent label Under Investigation Records was formed with the help of DJ Poor and has consistantly dropped music from Esohel allowing him to rock shows all over the city and surrounding states, opening up for Cam'Ron, Styles P of the Lox, and L.E.P.Bogus Boys to name a few. Esohel currently dropped the "Essential" LP with the songs "Let Me Show You", "Take The World" and "Last Chance" all recieving a warm welcome on Dj Timbuck2's "Go ILL" radio show on WGCI 107.5. With more work on his plate and DJ Ricky Dubs backing his live sets, fans are hungry for more and the future is looking bright for Esohel with no end near in sight.