After dropping the “Dreams Trilogy” in September 2019, the award-winning Hip Hop Artist, Solo, takes us through how he made it into the music industry (especially as a solo artist), the creative process behind the making of his trilogy and takes us through his priorities in life as a solo artist.
C.Plenty.Dreams, which is the last album of the Dreams trilogy, showcases Solo’s ability to continuously incorporate and priorities musicality and lyricism over anything. Which is why and how most of us fell in love with his music in the first place.
IceKream: When did you start making music and how did you get into it?
Solo: I started writing my own lyrics in primary school. But I began writing my own music at the beginning of high school. This was around 2001.
IceKream: How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?
Solo: Prioritizes musicality and lyricism.
IceKream: How long have you been working on your new album, C.Plenty.Dreams? Can you share a little bit about your creative process when making the album?
Solo: I started working on “C.Plenty.Dreams” close to a year ago. Pre-production was at the beginning of the year. Started recording in March. I had the concept broken down during the pre-production phase. That’s what kept us in line in terms of sticking to the main ideas of the project.
IceKream: Did you think at all about the timing of this release?
Solo: Yes I did. I was working on a TV production at the same time. So the album needed to drop around the same time as the show as it all worked together as an audiovisual project.
IceKream: Where did the name of the album come from?
Solo: I decided on the name of the album in 2008 when I first thought of the “Dreams Trilogy”. The plan was that my debut album would be “Dreams.A.Plenty”, the sophomore would be “Dreams.B.Plenty”. “C.Plenty.Dreams” would always be the last of the trilogy.
IceKream: How would you compare the creation of your latest offering, to that of your sophomore album, Dreams B Plenty?
Solo: I think the creative process of both albums were pretty much the same. I have a standard approach when it comes to making music. The main difference is that it becomes easier with time as I am more practised. My team and I understand each other better with time. The albums are a reflection of that.
IceKream: I know every creative project is kind of a long learning process. What did you learn about your craft or about your style while making this album?
Solo: I learned that the older I get, the more I prioritize music over the general rules of hip hop. I focussed on musicality at a high level this time around.
IceKream: What aspect of C.Plenty.Dreams are you most excited for people to hear?
Solo: Musical growth. I am also excited for the live interpretation of the music to been seen on stage.
5-Scoops-of-Facts You didn’t know about Solo:
Scoop 1: Name 3 songs on your playlist right now?
Th&o – Ghosting
Muzi – A Day In Paris
Dreamville – Under The Sun
Scoop 2: Who are your creative influences/inspirations?
Solo: I look to my team for creative inspiration
Scoop 3: What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Solo: I DO NOT BELIEVE IN KARAOKE!! Don’t even invite me to it! Pretending to do my job isn’t fun for me lol
Scoop 4: Bungee jumping, sky diving or getting inked?
Solo: All of the above
Scoop 5: In terms of career, what did you want to be when you were a kid?
Solo: A rapper.