Memphis, Tennessee, United States
S.O.U.L is an independent hip hop duo based in Memphis, TN. With a sound reminiscent and influenced by musical greats, Outkast and A Tribe Called Quest; S.O.U.L brings an energy and charisma to their music that makes their sound uniquely different from both their influences and musical counterparts. The group, which has had several lineup changes since its inception; consists of founding members, Idi Aah Que and Teco, who first met while in High School. The two bonded in English class, after an assignment that required them to write poems and recite them aloud in class. After recognizing their shared love and skill for writing, they formed the short lived group Y.S.M (Young, Smart and Motivated) which would eventually lead to the formation of S.O.U.L. S.O.U.L began to seriously pursue music after their high school graduation in 2012. While working on their debut mixtape the duo began to perform around the city at open mics and various hip hop shows. Their infectious lyricism and high energy performances quickly established S.O.U.L as crowd favorites. S.O.U.L dropped their debut mixtape, The Pursuit, in 2013 which featured a collaboration with nationally signed CMG artist, Zed Zilla, on a song entitled “This Be”. In August of 2013, S.O.U.L won first place in the Coast 2 Coast Live Event: Memphis Edition and with it a chance to perform at the Coast 2 Coast Convention in Miami, FL.Bolstered by the fan reception to their debut mixtape, the duo decided to start work on a second project to capitalize off their momentum and introduce new fans to their distinctive style. Their second release, The Itis EP, dropped January 2014 and was very well received by their fans and supporters.Never ones to rest, the group has major plans in store for the remainder of the year and 2015. As they constantly work to increase their skills and innovate their delivery and performance, S.O.U.L will continue to be forerunners of hip hop’s everchanging landscape.