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saan solo

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
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"Bringin' '88 Back" (LP)- Summer 2013
"Brainstorm" (LP)- 2004



Raised during and heavily influenced by the formative years of the hip-hop culture, saan solo is a seasoned underground MC whose vast experience and background vault him to the top as one of hip-hop's most original, clever, and wittiest lyricists. His music is organic and thought-provoking. It has been compared to Common, De La Soul, The Roots, Black Star, Little Brother, A Tribe Called Quest, and Nas. Early influences include KRS-ONE, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, LL Cool J, and Run-DMC.
saan solo left Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1990 to embark upon his educational and musical ambitions at Michigan State University. While there, he did independent street promotions, co-executive produced the campus hip-hop radio show, performed at numerous shows, and collaborated/performed with some of the Midwest's hottest producers and MC's.
After graduating, saan solo returned to Kalamazoo as a math/hip-hop teacher to give back to his community. He was a member of the groundbreaking band, the Urbanights-traveling as far away as Tokyo to perform. He was also featured in the Source for his music and the hip-hop class he created. That class led to saan solo serving as a consultant to school districts nationwide and presenting at national conferences on using hip-hop in the classroom. It was also during this time that saan solo engineered /recorded over 50 songs for his students.
In 2004 saan solo released his debut album "Brainstorm" to critical acclaim, selling 5,000+ copies mostly at shows and 'out of the trunk'. Long considered an MC's MC, this project helped him receive recognition as a superior lyricist. saan solo relocated to New York City in 2011 to continue his teaching career and start a band. Since then, he has done numerous live shows, garnering respect and attention from industry insiders and casual fans. His long awaited second album, "Bringin' '88 Back", is set for a Summer 2013 release.
Please listen to the music and enjoy- it is infused with classic rhymes, live instrumentation, a DJ, and soulful singing.