During the spring of 2006, Baltimore gospel rapper Eze Jackson went rogue, abandoning his traditionalist roots in favor of pursuing a more blues-inspired aesthetic. After combining forces with a local group of burgeoning jazz musicians, the exhilarating sonic hybrid now known as Soul Cannon was born. A genre-fused cocktail of backpack hip-hop and mathy blue-collar music theory, Soul Cannon inevitably became known for toeing the line between reckless innovation and radio-friendly expectations, moving forward at all costs.
“Socially, lyrically, and physically, it's always about pushing the limits with our music. Sometimes we write things we can’t play yet because we always want to do more and be better", says keyboardist Jon Birkholz.
These aspirations spearheaded Soul Cannon’s unwieldy and explosive live performances, an unforgettable electro-fusion of brainy prog and futurist rhymes that quickly became a band signature. After supporting a diverse array of notable artists such as Mos Def, Future Islands, Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica, and more, Soul Cannon began work on their 2018 self-titled LP — a long-awaited testament to the band's notoriety on the Baltimore scene over the past decade.
As to what we should expect from the quartet's eponymous full-length, guitarist Matt Frazão offers his take — “Soul Cannon is like a perpetual version of a last minute epiphany, where we finally make sense of things that seem totally unrelated, or isolated and alone as their own separate problems. Suddenly we see this narrow almost hidden path to thread a needle through and tie everything together."
Stream the album in full below, which debuted via Treble. And in case you missed it, revisit the premieres of Soul Cannon lead singles "Test Drive" and "Play Hard" — which premiered via Ghettoblaster and Substream Magazine, respectively.