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Sole Live From Rome

Sole is the archetypal anticon MC, rapping with urgency, causticity, white-liberal acuity, self-deprecation, self-consciousness, and skewed wit. He could fill half of XLR8R with his notable quotables. Live From Rome is Sole‘s most accomplished opus yet. This is partly due to Alias, Controller 7, Tepr, and especially Odd Nosdam‘s phenomenal production, which fuses psychedelically warped drones, guitar, cello, and organ samples to dusty-grooved funkiness. On "Manifesto 232," Sole claims to be a "new-age demagogue," and his voice bears the fiery certainty of an end-times proselytizer-and current events don‘t exactly contradict him. Here he reinforces his status as one of rap‘s foremost clarions.

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