Jesse James Solomon Paints Vivid Street Portraits On The Highly Anticipated ‘Strata’

In what is looking like a great year of music for South London, another surprise drop called Strata┬ácourtesy of hood poet Jesse James Solomon has been released. The Once In A Blue Moon Records signee gives us a taster (or a reminder for some) of what he’s capable of with six tracks that give millennial’s another outlet for social commentary. Jesse has a knack for spitting carefully vivid rhymes over sparse, experimental beats that provide a backdrop for his experiences growing up in one of the most diverse parts of South East London. On Strata┬áthis is ever so evident as he tells tales of his old school days riding mopeds, linking different girls and offers insight into how gentrification is ripping the life and soul out from his local area.

‘Strata’ is named after the large residential building that has been standing over the ever changing London Borough of Southwark in South London. The painted cover is symbolic of this as we see a visual representation of Jesse’s almost spoken word take us on a journey through this neck of the woods.

Featuring the likes of vocalist ELIZA, upcoming rapper and producer Kadiata and a Diddy-esque hypeman cameo from the FBG Suspect (very appropriate) Jesse James Solomon shows us that he doesn’t need much help to tell his story as he is hands on with everything and has a clear vision of how he wants to sound.

My clear favourites at this point are Under the Sun and ‘Goat Talk’. Listen to the 16 minute project above and let us know what you think.

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May 28
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