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Artist: Sol Ace

Title: “Since U Been Gone”

Review by: Charles Sweet 


With current hip hop transitioning into an amalgam of drill, pop and electro, there’s been a noticeable lack of anything resembling the foundation lain by the forefathers of rap decades ago; compositions rife with high quality rhymes with substance, with topics ranging from the socially conscious to remembrance of good times with your crew. Many question what’s to be done but the Hempstead, New York’s resident MC/Producer Sol Ace has an answer, and possibly the only real one at that: stop worrying about ‘bringing New York back’ and instead bring back the feel, the attitude and the raw essence of what made the Golden Era so great; top-notch production and quotable bars. A simple, yet effective riposte and evidence of this can be found on “Since U Been Gone”, the first single from his upcoming The Sol Ace EP: Passion…Hunger…Sacrifice


“Since U Been Gone” comes on with a choppy sample and Sol setting the scene with “It’s been a while/Good to see you…/” before launching into a chorus that rides the beat smoothly and what jumps out at me from the get-go is how well Sol Ace is able to nail home an authentic feel, especially during the midpoint of his verse where he spits “This ain’t candle lights and wine and dine/More like Black & Mild, Smirnoff rise and shine/It’s nine to 9, on my way to my 9 to 5”; these are the kinds of stories that we hold dear because we all understand the struggle of trying to pursue your dream while simultaneously struggling to make rent. There’s no question about Sol’s ability to tell a compelling story, and that arguably above everything else is why I dig this song so much. 


Sol Ace’s second verse on “Since U Been Gone” comes in like a 1-2 punch; whereas before he goes in-depth to narrate the hardships a young MC faces, the second time around he does away with all formality and goes directly for the jugular with piercing bars like “Emergency red lights go ‘Danger! Danger!’/ bullsh*t detected, I’m ‘bout to be infected/put the microphone down, you ain’t even check it”. I’m a big fan of old school nods and when Sol Ace broke out the reference to the classic Jay-Z song “Friend or Foe”, I knew he was for real.


Overall, the song is solid as he stepped up to the mic and did his thing amicably. The beat was unpretentious and the scratch effect on the hook was the crowning jewel on what really is a preview of much greater things to come. The song did exactly what it was supposed to: have me looking forward to The Sol Ace EP: Passion…Hunger…Sacrifice when it drops. 


Review by: Charles Sweet

Rating: 5 (out of 5 stars)


New York's Lagato Shine chops it up with N.O.R.E., Ed Lover and Doctor Dre on this week's "Get in the Game."

XXL Magazine

XXL The Break Presents: Lagato Shine

Lagato Shine is a Long Island native who used to be signed to Loud Records and doesn’t plan on slowing down his grind…

 Lagato Shine

Reppin’: Roosevelt, Long Island

My style and/or skills have been compared to: East Coast Greats, Rakim, Lox, Da mobb, Method Man, etc…Ain’t no comparisions though, Im Me! But if you gotta compare these are some names I’ve heard!

I started rapping: At age 8, professionally at 17 (had a deal with Loud Records when they were poppin. Was in a group called I.G.T.)

My standout records and/or moments have been: My latest stand out record would be “Hold Dat” feat. Bill Danze of M.O.P. My stand out moments as of late would be my videos being played on MTV: MTVU, JAMS and being number 2 on MTV.COM behind J Cole. He got a major deal, and im making my rounds, go figure! And being featured on the New Spotlight on Video Music Box with Uncle Ralph Mcdaniels. I love kicking it with the Legends!

I’m gonna change the game by: I don’t plan on changing the game, I plan on carving out my space in the history of hip hop! I respect it to much to try and change it! But I’m definitely gonna do it my way!

I’d Like to Work With: A dope producer on an entire project! Dr. Dre, Just Blaze, etc… As far as rappers, I worked with several thus far, so any artist that wanna work and is HOT, lets do it!

My goal in hip-hop is: To build my company (Last Run Ent.) up into a solid brand, to continue to put out solid material at all times, give my fans real music and to gain new fans and listeners globally!

I’m gonna be the next: Artist to watch from here on out!! I’m NICE n its time to be recognized for it!!

To check out more of my music you can go to:,, or Google me

Video Music Box

Congratulations to Lagato Shine! He is featured on the legendary show Video Music Box as the "Artist Spotlight" for the month of November 2011! Tune in to see Lagato Shine chop it up with the legendary host Uncle Ralph Mcdaniels and broadcast his videos "I Don't Need a Doctor" and "Your Wrong". Watch Video Music Box every wednesday and Saturday at 11:30 pm. Check your local listings for the channel. New york is as follow: Cablevision channel 22, Verizon channel 25!



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