Although I'm hardly a hip hop veteran, I've heard plenty of albums in my time, and consider myself a well experienced hip hop listener. But to be honest, this is one of the only albums that has actually intimidated me. Why I hear you cry? Because, Sole cares little about the things most MCs are worried about (rhyme schemes, flow, even rhyming at all). All he wants to do is drop breathtaking conceptual lyricism. You're probably getting tired of my blabbering by now, so I'll show you why.
Just look at this quote from 'Dismanteling of Soles Ego,' on which he amazes: "You wanna join my revolution? / Then wipe that stupid look off the billboards / See there's a war going on for airwaves, props and smart girls / It's a small world with a lot of big heads and small minds / All competing to see who's got the biggest dick / Well I vie to see who's got the biggest plan / I've got big words and catchphrases for emergency situations / A couple of minutes ago I was chillin' / My insurance company dropped me / The other night I had my car stolen / What the fuck you gonna do to me?" Wow.
In fact, all in all, the lyricism on 'Bottle of Humans' is at least at the level of any album that I've heard this year. Luckily, production doesn't slack off either. The title track, 'Molehill & the Mountain' (with Dose-One and L'Roneous) and 'Year Ov Da Sexxx $ymbl' all have incredible production and the aforementioned incredible lyrics that make this album so good. Although a few tracks aren't as good as the others, in the words of Sole himself "These songs are all different sides of me / I don't know if that's a good or a bad thing."
The originality of 'Bottle of Humans' is almost breathtaking. 'Dramedy,' a thrilling narrative about an artist who dies at the end of every verse, is unlike almost anything you've ever heard before in hip-hop. 'Understanding' is Sole's break away from "that poetry fag shit," as he drops a freestyled battle rap that goes on for about 4 minutes. To be honest, the lyrics are of such a high quality that I slightly doubt how freestyled it is, but either way it's dope.
In fact, the awesome creativity of this LP is its weakest point as much as it is its strongest point. As many people will be repulsed by the unconventional song structures and poetic lyricism as those that will love it. This lack of universal appeal almost kept me from awarding 9/10 to this LP, but the amazing quality of it redeemed it for me. The fact that it will be too abstract for some people doesn't make the awesome wordplay of 'Famous Last Words' any worse, or the humorous duet with Dose-One, 'Didnt You Know,' any less entertaining.
To make myself seem slightly less obsessed with Sole's jock, I'll say that there are a couple of joints I'm not feeling as much as the rest ('Tourist Trap,' 'becoming.became.undone'), but there's nothing close to wack on this release. Although to many people Sole made himself look like a bitch on 'Linda Tripp,' any hip hop fan will see how this album totally redeems him. Some may call it poetry, some think it's spoken word, but in Sole's words it's the "reinvention of Sugar Hill." This is a very good album, and I'll leave it at that so that you can buy it now.