Editors’ Notes Hailing from New York City, Iron Solomon is best known as a freestyle battle rapper, paying dues through performing coast to coast in various competitions and catching a zillion views on YouTube. On his debut album he looks to prove that he's a fully formed emcee and avoid the pitfalls of other battle-tested wordsmiths who failed to make the transition (see: Juice, Supernatural, Jin, Skillz, etc.). Following up his well-received collabo single with DMC ("Sucker MCs"), Monster finds him in autobiographical mode, with a strong collection of joints centering on his NYC upbringing, his struggle toward success in the flooded music industry, young love, lyrical gifts, and more. Produced by Solomon and his in-house camp, the album features beats that are a solid mix of hard-knocking boom-bap and freaky synths, with nods to the old school ("The Empire") and more modern sonic accents ("Classic Girl"). For the most part, it's a high-quality release from a young emcee on the rise, with features from Paul Wall, Talib Kweli, and Jean Grae, among others. Don't miss "Get on My Level" and "I'll Be Back."

SONG
Almost There
1
4:18
 
Nothing to Lose (feat. Isaiah)
2
4:28
 
The Empire (feat. Talib Kweli)
3
4:46
 
King
4
4:04
 
Shotgun
5
3:01
 
Get On My Level
6
3:25
 
15 Minutes
7
3:47
 
Classic Girl (feat. Novel)
8
3:23
 
Cold World
9
4:38
 
Tug of War (feat. Isaiah)
10
4:43
 
Breathe
11
5:00
 
I'll Be Back
12
4:10
 
Wake Up (feat. Gordon Voidwell)
13
6:52
 
Time Has Come (Bonus Track)
14
3:22
 
Follow Me (feat. Paul Wall & Isaiah) [Bonus Track]
15
4:38
 
Rule #4081 (feat. Cassidy) [Bonus Track]
16
4:24
 
Sucker MC's (feat. DMC) [Bonus Track]
17
2:54
 
We Up (Bonus)
18
4:26
 
Classic Girl (feat. Jean Grae & Novel) [Bonus Track]
19
4:21