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Souly Had


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Nestled near the western edge of Schenectady County, Duanesburg might as well as be worlds away from the cosmopolitan hustle and bustle of New York City. However, the upstate town of 6,122 residents bears no shortage of inspiration with its elevated snowy vistas of both the Adirondack and the Catskill Mountains. “Growing up on top of a freakin’ mountain” amidst this rustic serenity, Souly Had constructs alternative hip-hop punctuated by off-kilter organic production and post-modern R&B drip.
Emerging from a decidedly “unlikely” setting, his future-facing style remains a quiet phenomenon bolstered by over 20 million total streams and a deal with Island Records in 2019.
“I was sitting in my friend’s attic in the middle of nowhere watching all of these artists blow up on the internet, and I said to myself, ‘I could do this’,” he recalls. “Duanesburg is a total hick town: boots, flannels, and parties in the woods. It’s definitely a weird place to try to rap. So, I put in my 10,000 hours over the past five years and hopefully I can inspire someone else now.”
“I want people to put my shit on and forget about shit that’s happening,” he leaves off. “A lot of it is based in emotion. You can listen to it when you’re feeling emotional about something or someone. For three-and-a-half minutes, you don’t have to think about anything. You can just be here with me”


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