Remember Ted Williams, the Cleveland homeless man with the golden voice? Well, this guy rapping on a Chicago subway platform may be just as worthy of 15 minutes of fame.
Solow, the self proclaimed “Battle King” from Chicago’s South Side, raps with a down-to-earth style and claims most of his subway performances are freestyles. In an interview with doorsclosingchi, Solow shared why he chooses to perform at Jackson Station of all places:
“More people, and people that actually care to listen. You got people that pass through and actually like music; they’re not like, ‘Oh my God, I just came from work, I don’t want to hear nothing’! These people feel good and they want to hear some more of something else to make them feel good, so I prefer to be here.”
Although he recently threw questionable jabs at popular rappers Young Thug, Chief Keef, and Cam’ron, his outlook on life is positive:
“Somebody gon’ like your boy, man. I don’t care if I don’t get nothing but a feature. For all the people that think I’m homeless, OK, let’s say I’m homeless. But something gon’ happen, and I won’t be homeless long.”
Here’s a video of Solow freestyling about basketball and using words suggested by the crowd gathered at Jackson:
You can follow Solow Redline on Facebook and Soundcloud.
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