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Solid Steele

by Jay Steele

Intelligent lyrics like KRS-One or Talib Kweli with a booming voice like Big Daddy Kane, Will Smith, or Dr. Dre mixed with rhyme skills like Wu Tang, Common, or Mos Def
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Political Rap
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fire
3:22 $0.99
2. Bringin It Back
3:22 $0.99
3. It's Jay Steele
3:25 $0.99
4. Knowledge
2:46 $0.99
5. Tornado Warning
3:56 $0.99
6. I'm Sure 2 Maintain
2:52 $0.99
7. Are U Ready
1:41 $0.99
8. Beauty from Pain
3:29 $0.99
9. Truth Seeker
2:31 $0.99
10. Nonviolence
3:16 $0.99
11. Tha Truth of Tha Future
1:31 $0.99
12. A New Chapter
0:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
Solid Steele is the third installment of a three part album series called “Tha Buried Treasure Trilogy.” This collection contains the earliest and previously unreleased material of this artist between the years 1998-2006. Throughout the trilogy, listeners are taken on the journey of the dramatic story and evolution of Jay Steele along with him.

On “Solid Steele," right from his initial song, “Fire,” his words are ignited with a passion to introduce more creativity, originality, and positivity into rap lyrics. The following song, “Bringin it Back," is sure to resonate with the many rap fans that wish to see hip hop return to its more artistic, intelligent, and diversified roots. Steele’s songs also espouse his burgeoning intellectualism and thirst for knowledge as a college student (and then graduate student) at the time.

The autobiographical “Beauty from Pain” and “I’m Sure to Maintain” detail his early struggles in life and inspirational fortitude, perseverance, and relentlessness. “Truth Seeker” and “Nonviolence” represent his learning and evolving desires to see more peace, equality, and unity in rap music and society.

“For years I questioned why we have inequality in our society,” Jay explains. “In college, this was being encouraged. I started doing my own research and questioning things even more, and this started to really affect my music.”

Beats on this album that stand out are the Tone Rec produced “Fire," which is composed of melodic keyboards and a shaker that combine to sound like flames kindling on a cold, quiet winter night. Then there is the hypnotizing, smooth, and refreshing jazz flavor found in the rolling piano, high hat, and shaker on “Bringin It Back.”

Steele’s voice, like his real name, resonates strongly and deeply, evoking powerful voices of artists like Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, and The Fresh Prince (Will Smith). His rhyme style is sharp and comparable to golden age rap stalwarts like Wu Tang Clan, Common, Gangstarr, and KRS-One.

In addition to representing his actual name, the title of this work, which is literally tattooed on his chest, signifies his physique at the time as an aspiring bodybuilder. It also encapsulates his becoming more mentally at peace in life after turbulent beginnings. Ultimately, Solid Steele epitomizes the evolutionary foundation of maturity toward becoming a unique and positive voice within the hip hop genre. Many years later, Jay would go on to release a second album under his given name called For “Tha Love”, which is even more meaningful, positive, introspective, and moving.

This artist began his musical odyssey in Echelon, NJ, not far from his birthplace of Philadelphia, as a young, angry, scorned, vengeful, and ferocious hardcore rapper known as “Tha Mad Dog”. The first two albums of “Tha Buried Treasure Trilogy” collection were conceived under this moniker. These works were the result of a traumatic childhood and the influence of hardcore rappers he emulated. After completing his raw debut EP “Relentless: The Beginning,” and his formidable hard core first full length album “Tha Call of Tha Wild,” he ceased going by this nickname.

By 2002, he began recording under his actual name. This identity shift symbolized the transformation from his hardcore approach to the more intellectual and conscious themes found on this project. It’s noteworthy to see Jay’s evolution from the raw, wild ferocity of his Mad Dog material to his reflective and positive content as this trilogy unfolds.

“While I was recording Volume 2, I got EMDR therapy, which is a type of counseling they use for war veterans who went through trauma,” Steele reveals. “Between that, learning about sociology in school, and a college friend, who was a conscious rapper, questioning my purpose, I was changing a lot.”

After recording but not putting out the music now found on “Tha Buried Treasure Trilogy," he would go on to release 5 socially conscious political albums (including “Music for a Better World” and “Tha MisEducation of Tha Masses”) under the artist name “Tha Truth.” These albums have affected people from around the world with their powerful and insightful lyrics that advocate for equality and human rights. After his 5th Truth album, Jay was diagnosed with a serious medical condition, which left him believing he would not be able to continue as a recording artist.

However, several years later, while rediscovering and compiling his unreleased forgotten material from this trilogy in his basement, he found new inspiration and began to write again. Soon after, he was delighted to discover that he could in fact still record new songs.

While preparing “Tha Buried Treasure Trilogy” for release, he concurrently began creating his latest album “For Tha Love.” This project likely stands as his most meaningful and positive music, and through hearing this trilogy, listeners can understand just how far he has come.

The material on “Solid Steele” and the rest of the trilogy was not released at the time it was made for a host of reasons. Yet, over a decade after it was created, it can now be considered unearthed “buried treasure” for fans of high quality hip hop music.



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A hip-hop trilogy that show the origins of the Jay Steele’s evolution. This album had a few hot tracks that I kept on repeat. Originally “Fire” was my favorite. Bringing it Back (real smooth beat), It’s Jay Steele, and Nonviolence are the ones I am really feeling this week. Great music!


I'm sooo happy Jay released the next album of the trilogy! I like this album even more! The production and the flow evolved into a sonic force that kept my toes moving. His metaphors can only be matched by a few. I can't wait to check out his other albums...