From: NY, United States
Genre: Pop, Electronic
The musical journey that rising pop star and New York based producer /songwriter Solomon has been on hasn’t exactly been that of a typical pop pedigree. Born in San Diego to a half Puerto-Rican/half African-American family , Solomon has had to live through some of life’s hardest challenges including his own adoption, coming out, family drug addiction and even his own father’s incarceration. Yes, he’s had to grow up quickly, but in the end, Solomon is armed with an arsenal of life experience to sing and rap about.
Having always been involved in music and writing from an early age and using music as his method of escapism, Solomon enjoyed his times as a young choirboy and soaked up the heavy influences of his pop idols like the late, great icon that is Michael Jackson and even more so by his feisty and “underappreciated” sister Janet Jackson - who Solomon describes as “more artistic” than the rest of her famous brothers and sisters. Drawing huge influences from his muses like Biggie Smalls and an undying obsession with Lil Kim and other 1990s rap and R&B artists – hip hop with an urban edge remains deeply rooted in Solomon’s efforts to make accessible and relevant pop music today.
Having started up his own record label (SolRay Records), Solomon recorded his debut EP “Shades Of Black” in 2009 after a tough and trying relationship and breakup with his boyfriend at the time. When reflecting back upon it now, Solomon describes “Shades Of Black” as a “really sad and frustrating record based on aggression”. Having experienced hardship and anger growing up, it was much easier for Solomon to write raps at the time, rather than pop songs. Although his debut EP and even earlier mix tapes highlighted more of a darker side to Solomon, “Shades Of Black” showed massive potential with its mainstream urban and electronic sensibilities combined with clever lyrical rhymes - both of which caused a minor, yet overall positive rumble among the pop music blogesphere.
Enter 2011 and Solomon is on the verge of releasing his new record called “The Solomon EP” – a collection of exciting and uber fresh pop tracks that pack a stylistic and vivid bang - inspired by color and movement – something not represented in his previous recordings. Take for instance club anthem “Wit Us U Can’t” which explores more of Solomon’s confident exterior with a killer rap and dub step breakdown that would make even Britney Spears go green with envy. With “Bang! Bang!" we are treated to a lush and provocative soundscape that explores the emotions to be felt when being shot through the heart by cupid’s inevitable love gun – all set to a clever and somewhat surprising guitar riff and sexy electronic-pop groove. With “Dancing All Alone” we experience a mid-tempo number which reminds us that Solomon is one bad-ass rapper and musician who can create relevant pop songs in today’s fickle commercial pop music environment.
Moving forward with “The Solomon EP” has given Solomon the chance to fully realize all the crazy creative genius going on artistically inside his head. The future looks hopeful for this rising pop star that has lived through the worst and come out of it a polished and confident performer with heaps of potential. Having been hailed a brilliant rapper in the hip hop world and honing in on his creative prowess for his new pop record – you can bet that once you hear the music of Solomon, it will stick with you for awhile – and that’s something you definitely can’t mess with.