Sole: No Wising Up, No Settling Down

Sole: No Wising Up, No Settling Down

(Black Canyon, 4/30/13)

"I Think I'm Emma Goldman"

Activist MC Sole is back, barely six months after his last album, with another blast of hip-hop truth-speaking. On No Wising Up, No Settling Down, the Occupy Denver participant stretches his net wide and confronts globalism, rap tropes, class immobility, animal consumption, and more.

Less explicitly political, his fifth solo full-length is a “macro-social” affair. “People Piss Me Off” chronicles the tiny wrongs of the world; “My Veganism” tackles Sole’s lifestyle choice; “I Think I’m Emma Goldman” offers an orchestral introduction to anarchism.

The guest-heavy production is another diverse and experimental take on pop rap and beat-driven electronica, and as a result, No Wising Up, No Settling Down finds Sole as rangy as ever — playing against type while an ever-shifting backdrop matches his soapbox flow.