For the last twenty years, that sense of spiritual connection has driven Souleye’s music and life. From a mountainside bonfire to Mount Shasta, in Northern California, he has followed a path not of his own creation. Like the freestyle lyrics that flow through his songs, Souleye’s musical journey has unfolded from somewhere beyond him, somewhere in the intersection of coincidence and opportunity.
Hip Hop sounds alive and well when you hear Souleye’s latest single “Hip Hop Medicine” for the first time. Then there is nothing to do but let it roll again. Talk about a fresh beat and a smooth rap, this is your daddies, sisters, brothers and mothers funk all wrapped up in one single. He really seems to be at one with the beat, groove and rhymes to where he’s on auto-pilot with an energy booster pack, strapped to his forehead. You don’t even have to wait thirty seconds for him to get into it, as he brings the healing properties to the eardrums. The savvy delivery is without question the bomb.
This isn’t done with smoke and mirrors, but it does have a retro vibe that is hard to place, as the years went by with so many rappers picking up stuff from their previous generation. You just don’t always know what you’re hearing anymore to know exactly where they picked something up. But this track seems to have that ring familiarity, I’m just not able to nail where it’s coming from. And having said that, it’s also original as all get out. It harks back to earlier grooves in places though. It’s probably out of my reach to figure out but it doesn’t matter anyway, as he cuts and dices the modern edges like a hot knife through whip cream.
Dustin Tavella is his name and he used to go by another name, but I have never heard him and/or Souleye, even though they’ve been flying near my radar a while. This is no slouch to the form, he is the real deal and it only takes one track to realize that. It’s hardcore but also in a pop vein that rides much closer to soul singing than rap at times, but comes on strong in the opposites as well. You can rock this at the club, in the car or just chilling on the back porch, but it makes you move, so best to have some elbow room when jamming this. It’s one of those beats where the second you hear it you want to bump and grind on the one.
Give it some volume and the words are easier to pick up on and always funny to acknowledge a rap via comprehending the lyrics. But where will he go from here is to be seen. My advice would be to never let up, always keep working it, because even if you’re been there and done it all, the industry likes to constantly remind you of your age. But Dustin seems to hold his age very well. And I could even be behind in saying that, as he could be younger than I think. He did start at as a teenager long ago. But it’s amazing that anyone can stay in great shape for years on end and sound like they just came up.
The lyrics are current and relevant to the title, as he brings in the medicine to soothe soulful minds to a cool, just in time to get them back up to jam. The jam is steeped in early hip hop, but I can’t guess who any influences are and this isn’t a history review. But there has got to be much more from Soulye that I have a feeling it might exceed this but it doesn’t sound like it would struggle alongside other Souleye works. Just know that Souleye still mean business and Dustin Tavella is a serious force to reckon with. This is a brand new single but for all that it makes me already want to check the charts. Get some Hip Hop Medicine this way and take it every day.