Indie hip-hop artist Iron Solomon recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Solomon discussed how he writes his lyrics, the common themes in his songs, and his debut album, Monster, among other topics.
"I think, for me, the overarching themes of my music is that human beings are varied, and inherently imperfect and that's OK," said Solomon. "I think the commonalities among humans and the emotions and feelings that we go through, and the experiences that we have, are so similar even when they're vastly different. And I think, overall, that's what I try to convey."
Born in New York, Solomon was inspired to make music after listening to N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton. With an irreverent attitude and influences ranging from Nirvana to Jay-Z, Solomon emerged as a top freestyle artist at MC battles nationwide, garnering millions of YouTube viewers and praise from GRAMMY winners such as Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes. In May he released his debut album, Monster, which features collaborations with Talib Kweli, Recording Academy Trustee Paul Wall, Novel, Daryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, and Cassidy, among others. A video for the single, "Get On My Level" premiered exclusively on GRAMMY.com in September. On Oct. 31 Solomon released Killer, a 16-track mixtape featuring "Monster," a self-produced collaboration with Saigon and Emilio Rojas.