SoulStice

SoulStice

 Columbia, Maryland, USA
SoloHip HopAlternative

With five international albums, tours in Europe & Japan, and several trips to the Grammys under his belt, SoulStice is recognized as one of hip hop's elite. His songs have been featured in the Oscar-nominated film, "The Blind Side" and NCIS LA on CBS. SoulStice speaks to students at all levels about his dual careers in hip hop and signal processing to inspire the next generation of multifaceted innovators.

Biography

To say that SoulStice spits knowledge would be an understatement; after all, he does have a Masters Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and holds down a research position with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Recently named a “Modern Day Technology Leader” at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards, SoulStice has assumed a unique position of leadership in two very different fields - engineering and music. Since he started his independent label, Wandering Soul Records, SoulStice has been a fixture on the hip hop scene with 5 LP releases, features in just about every major hip hop publication and website and tours in the US, Europe and Japan.

Since the release of his 2003 debut album, North by Northwest, SoulStice has been featured in XXL Magazine, The Source, URB, Scratch, Elemental, Ballerstatus.com, Allhiphop.com and most other tastemaker hip hop publications and websites. Renowned journalist Tavis Smiley has even taken an interest, dubbing SoulStice and his music as “enlightened…outside the norm.” Energetic live performances and chart-topping college radio singles have served alongside the press coverage to create an impressive buzz. In early 2006, SoulStice and Wandering Soul Records caught the interest of Neil Levine, head of Urban Marketing at EMI, leading to a national distribution deal through EMI/Caroline. SoulStice has also developed a loyal overesas fanbase, leading to several international tours and distribution partnerships, including Universal Music in Japan. SoulStice’s song, “That Thang” was featured in the Oscar-Nominated film, “The Blind Side” starring Sandra Bullock, and his song “Always” was featured on the CBS hit show NCIS Los Angeles.

Sharing the stage with artists as diverse as John Legend and Wu-Tang Clan has set the proper foundation for SoulStice to shine through high-energy live performances throughout the US and Europe. SoulStice has collaborated with the legendary AZ of Illmatic fame, Cuban Link, formerly of Terror Squad, and many producers, both well known and up-and-coming. As a result of his music industry experience SoulStice was invited to become also a voting member of the Recording Academy and has attended several Grammy Award shows in LA. Combining a soulful blend of Chicago funk and east coast boom-bap, SoulStice makes what he insists is “commercial music” with awareness and attitude. Through this unique brand of hip hop, SoulStice documents his one-of-a-kind journey from the windy city of Chicago to the nation’s capitol of Washington, DC, and across the globe.

SELECTED PERFORMANCES

  • Shows/Festivals
  • Joe’s Pub (Manhattan, NY)
  • Funky Buddha Lounge (Chicago, IL)
  • Sonar (Baltimore, MD)
  • Club Five (Washington, DC)
  • WPGC 95.5 FM Music Conference (Washington, DC)
  • Frederick Summer Concert Series (Frederick, Maryland)
  • BO! Music Festival (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Belgian Chill Festival (Namur, Belgium)
  • The Zoo (Hasselt, Belgium)
  • Red Cat (Mainz, Germany)
  • Club Game (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Club NUTS (Tokyo, Japan)

Events / Speaking Engagements

  • College Prep Program (Laurel, MD)
  • Bryant Woods Elementary School (Columbia, MD)
  • Longfellow Elementary School (Columbia, MD)
  • Pointer’s Run Elementary School (Columbia, MD)
  • University Neighborhood Middle School (Manhattan, NY)
  • Patuxent Valley Middle School (Columbia, MD)
  • Thornridge High School (Dalton, IL)
  • University of Maryland Baltimore Campus (Baltimore, MD)
  • University of Maryland College Park (College Park, MD)
  • Stop the Violence Youth Conference (Baltimore, MD)

Lyrics

Don't Hate

Written By: Ashley J. Llorens

"Don't Hate"
by Ashley J. Llorens

Chorus:
No hate, don't hate,
No hate, don't hate
No hate, don't hate
No hate, don't hate
You hate me cuz you hate yourself,
Here I come, brace yourself,

Verse:
Mic in my right, closed fist with my left hand,
Do your thing, stop hatin' on the next man,
Extended fam, put it on record,
I hope we never have another Matt Shephard,
Hope we never have another James Byrd,
Differents movements, same words,
Whatever happened to freedom of religion?
That ain't the type of place I wanna live in,
And I ain't going nowhere, we bout to sit it in,
Won't give up, we won't give in,
Cats saying it's indecent for show,
Same cats they creeping on the low,
Hatin' on a gay marraige certificate,
And then violatin' yours, you a hypocrite,
Let's work, repeal prop eight,
Hey, God is love, don't hate

Bridge:
They hate my voice, the way it sounds,
The way I'm killin' it, the way I get down,
They stand still, hate that I move around,
Above the clouds, they hate from the ground,

Verse:
Just live, let live, don't stress it,
Do your thing, stop hatin' on the next chick,
Tell me, if we doing so well,
How come we still don't ask, don't tell,
Black, white, LGBT,
I see clear, HDTV,
From my backyard, see DC,
Hit your congressman, CC me,
They say change might take a while,
Today ours, let's take it now,
Let's work, repeal prop eight,
Hey, God is love, don't hate

Don't Hate

Written By: Ashley J. Llorens

"Don't Hate"
by Ashley J. Llorens

Chorus:
No hate, don't hate,
No hate, don't hate
No hate, don't hate
No hate, don't hate
You hate me cuz you hate yourself,
Here I come, brace yourself,

Verse:
Mic in my right, closed fist with my left hand,
Do your thing, stop hatin' on the next man,
Extended fam, put it on record,
I hope we never have another Matt Shephard,
Hope we never have another James Byrd,
Differents movements, same words,
Whatever happened to freedom of religion?
That ain't the type of place I wanna live in,
And I ain't going nowhere, we bout to sit it in,
Won't give up, we won't give in,
Cats saying it's indecent for show,
Same cats they creeping on the low,
Hatin' on a gay marraige certificate,
And then violatin' yours, you a hypocrite,
Let's work, repeal prop eight,
Hey, God is love, don't hate

Bridge:
They hate my voice, the way it sounds,
The way I'm killin' it, the way I get down,
They stand still, hate that I move around,
Above the clouds, they hate from the ground,

Verse:
Just live, let live, don't stress it,
Do your thing, stop hatin' on the next chick,
Tell me, if we doing so well,
How come we still don't ask, don't tell,
Black, white, LGBT,
I see clear, HDTV,
From my backyard, see DC,
Hit your congressman, CC me,
They say change might take a while,
Today ours, let's take it now,
Let's work, repeal prop eight,
Hey, God is love, don't hate

Discography

Albums
“North by Northwest” (Wandering Soul 2003) [Japan Release] (Handcuts/Universal 2005)
“North by Northwest: Solid Ground” (Wandering Soul 2005)
“Return of the Kings” [Mixtape] (Wandering Soul / EMI 2006)
“Dark Water” (Wandering Soul / EMI 2006) [Japan Release] (Handcuts/Universal 2006)
“Dead Letter Perfect” [Japan Release] (Bella Phoenix / Lastrum 2007)
“Dead Letter Perfect” (Wandering Soul 2007)
“”Beyond Borders” (Wandering Soul 2009)

Singles
“The Melody” (Wandering Soul / TRC 2003)
“Always / The Quickening” (Wandering Soul / TRC 2005)
“Rock Solid” feat. Cuban Link (Wandering Soul / EMI 2006)
“Speak On It” feat. AZ (Wandering Soul / EMI 2006)
“Movement Music” (Wandering Soul 2007)
“Be Perfect” (Wandering Soul 2007)
“Bird’s Eye View” feat. Kev Brown (B9000 / Wandering Soul 2008)
“Crash the Party” (Wandering Soul 2008)
“Strange Kinda Love” feat. Monique Harcum (Wandering Soul 2009)
“Forgiveness” (Wandering Soul 2010)

Set List

Sets are typically around 1 hour long. They incorporate a dynamic mix of vocals, turntablism and drumming with lots of crowd interaction. We've performed at many different venues from large clubs overseas to elementary schools.

Setlist:
Crash the Party
Speed of Sound
Bird's Eye View
Chi Worldwide
Always
Return of the Kings
Strange Kinda Love
World Star
Be Perfect
The Quickening