Six years ago, when he was still Soul Plasma, Soul P. (Easy McCoy on the secondary stage alias tip) knocked the Northwest hip-hop scene on its ass with the release of his freshman LP, Simply Soul
, an album filled with Godly references, thickly cut beats with heart and lyrics that packed a message.
At the start and end of 2006, on the newly inked deal with Beatmart Records, Soul P. dropped The Soul Effect
and The Premiere
—the first remained in the same semi-religious vein and the second addressed a shift: Soul Plasma became Soul P.; a blingy album cover, press photos and video shoot surfaced and the music—while consistent with Soul's richly tonal voice and melted butter flow—contained much more of a Top 40 recipe that included slicker production and easily digestible hooks about women, club nights and cars. In lengthy interview in '06 for WW
with Casey Jarman, Soul P. spoke extensively about this perceived dichotomy and didn't shy away from any of the fan (and church) concerns raised by "The Premiere."
No longer with Beatmart, Soul P. is currently affiliated with the marketing team Liquid Assets and is in early contract negotiations with the Los Angeles-based "super producer" duo Tim and Bob
(who have produced record breaking radio cheerleads for Nas, Bobby Valentino, Musiq Soulchild, Usher and Busta Rhymes). Nothing is concrete yet, but Soul P. is amped at the new relationship and has been busy in the studio creating new music which continues to find a mature balance between the religious, PG-rated Soul Plasma of yesteryear and the mainstream auto-tuned Soul P. of 2009.
"My Life" is one of the new singles featured on Soul P.'s MySpace page
. With an R&B assist from Six, Jimmie Allen and Chris Ray and produced by Incorparated ELements from Seattle and recorded in Portland, My Life
contains pop elements like a heavy snare, flange, modulated vocals and a catchy hook that's easy to memorize ("My life, I can't sugar-coat it / I mean every word just the way I wrote it"). It is a track that could easily slip into radio single notoriety. With artists like The Dream, Lil' Wayne and J. Holiday suffocating the competition on the Top 40 charts currently, the Saturday night streets and the Sunday morning pews will be praising and two-stepping to tracks like "My Life" in no time.
Soul P. doesn't want to share "My Life" just yet, but as today's Cut-o-the-day, we're pleased to give you "Money Money Money," another new track from Soul P. Enjoy!
Tonight, Soul P. takes the stage for Food Wars, a hip-hop driven food drive benefit concert at Mt. Tabor. With over 20 performing acts on the bill, the show acts like a competition—the artist who can bring out the most fans with the most cans of food wins. Free entry with a can donation, and remember to say which artist you're supporting at the door. The full deets: Friday, April 17th, Mt. Tabor Theatre & Pub, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 97215. 503-238-1646. 7 pm - 2 am. Free. All ages.
"This is going to be a great event because it is for a great cause. There are a lot of people having a hard time making ends meet and if we can help them by providing food for them and their families someday someone will help us. Give and be given." - Soul P.
Soul P. photo by Sara Moskovitz