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Ivy Sole | photo by Araba Ankuma | courtesy of the artist

Ivy Sole, friends. If you have not yet become acquainted with this Philly rapper’s beautiful, conscious lyricism and easy-going yet meticulous beats, you’ve got some required listening to do. Especially her single, “Rooftop,” which is a new track off her upcoming EP, WEST, out on July 26th.

The song is an honest look into Sole herself and our collective messed-up society. Reciting names of deceased police brutality victims, from Sandra Bland and Rickia Russell, to Korryn Gaines and Tanisha Jackson, lyrics reflect on a world where racism and police violence manage to continue rearing their heads.

Digging deeper still, Ivy confronts herself and her role against these social injustices, with introspective verses stating “the talented tenth of me is too caught up in all my dreams to worry about saving lives;” while also providing pull-back by making truthful observations of social media activism.

Though her words flow easy and smooth, it doesn’t take away from the urgency of the subject-matter. Rather, this tender handling somehow highlights her fervency and finds a way to unearth and mold a piece of beauty and thoughtful advocacy out from the filth.

Listen to the track below. Then don’t miss Ivy Sole on August 30th when she performs alongside APHRA and Cheeky at MilkBoy for our Philly Music Showcase series. Find info on the 21+ show here.

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