Hi APC! My name is Linda Sol and I am a 20-year-old rapper/poet, from Chicago. From the inner city to Stanford University, I have found a safe haven in the world of poetry. I’ve competed in many spoken poetry competitions such as Louder than a Bomb, where I was a finalist and CUPSI, where I made it to the finals twice. My art has always been inspired by my Puerto Rican identity, my family’s resilience, and my understanding of self-love and self-preservation. Naturally, my love for poetry and music birthed who I am today: a lyricist. In my short time as an emcee, I’ve had the blessing to open for well-known artists such as 2 Chainz, Ella Mai, A.Chal, Shangela, and Dreezy. Currently, I am in the process of dropping more songs and developing my craft.
All of the art I create is a result of what is going on in my life at that very moment. I consider my songs to be snapshots, capturing my thoughts and state of being on a track. I wrote Quick on the Move during a rough time in my sophomore year at Stanford. The rigor of classes and demand of extracurricular activities barred me from making deep and meaningful connections with new friends and keeping those same connections with old friends. I found myself isolated and challenged, yet determined to improve my way of life. I wrote Quick on the Move almost as an apology to all of my friends for becoming so distant in the midst of chasing success. Roll Thru, on the other hand, is a reminder of sweet summer love. I was inspired to write the song after hearing Night Drive by Ari Lennox. I wanted the song to recreate the sweet memories I’ve had on late night cruises in Chicago with my special someone. Both of the pieces are versions of me that needed space to breathe outside of myself. Music is how I get free.