Dead Letter Perfect
To say that SoulStice spits knowledge would be an understatement; after all, he does have a Masters Degree in Electrical Computer Engineering and holds down a position with the Department of Defense. Yet, SoulStice loves the unique challenge of balancing his high-powered â€œday jobâ€ and his passion for hip hop. Years of grind, development and immersion culminated in the fall of 2005 for SoulStice with the release of his debut album North by Northwest: Solid Ground. Although released independently through Wandering Soul Records, the album was quickly hailed by critics and fans as one of the best hip hop albums of 2005. SoulStice has since been featured in XXL Magazine, The Source, URB, Scratch, Elemental, allhiphop.com and most other tastemaker hip hop publications and websites. Renown journalist Tavis Smiley has even taken an interest, interviewing SoulStice on his nationally syndicated radio show. Energetic live performances and chart-topping college radio singles have served alongside the press coverage to create an impressive buzz. In early 2006, SoulStice and Wandering Soul Records caught the interest of Neil Levine, head of Urban Marketing at EMI, leading to a national distribution deal through EMI/Caroline. SoulStice has also developed a loyal overesas fanbase, leading to several international distribution partnerships, including Universal Music and Lastrum in Japan. Sharing the stage with artists as diverse as John Legend and Wu-Tang Clan has set the proper foundation for SoulStice to shine through high-energy live performances throughout the US and Europe. SoulStice has collaborated with the legendary AZ of Illmatic fame, Cuban Link, formerly of Terror Squad and many producers, both well-known and up-and-coming. As a result of his music industry experience SoulStice was invited to become also a voting member of the Recording Academy and attended the 2007 Grammy Awards this past February. Combining a soulful blend of Chicago funk and east-coast boom-bap, SoulStice makes what he insists is â€œcommercial musicâ€ with awareness and attitude. Through this unique brand of hip hop, SoulStice documents his one-of-a-kind journey from the windy city of Chicago to the nationâ€™s capitol of Washington, DC, and across the globe.