Sunday, March 20, 2011

Artist: Solitair (feat. Saukrates & Michie Mee) Album: Drop The Beat Soundtrack, Song: Drop The Beat

Solitair is a producer and MC based in Toronto that started releasing material in the nineties.  He had a few singles out on 12 inch with Beat Factory Records and he was also part of a collective called, The Circle, that included artists like Frankie Ano (aka Frankenstein), Thrust (see blog 2/15/11) and Jully Black.  In later years, he would hook up Kardinal Offishall to form the Black Jays production team that achieved some notoriety when they released a remixed version of Jay Z's, The Black Album.  Drop The Beat was a short lived CBC drama about some kids producing their own college radio show.  The show emerged in 2000 and it's intention was to shine a spotlight on Toronto's growing hip hop scene.  Phenomenal idea but the show didn't last.  It did produce a soundtrack though that is very hard to find today and it featured a number of homegrown artists like Solitair.  Solitair wrote and produced the title track and he is joined by fellow rappers, Saukrates and Michie Mee.  Michie Mee actually starred as a character in the show.  The soundtrack is likely out of print but there were copies trading on Ebay and Amazon between $10 and $50.  Solitair recently released a R&B album under the name Silver and is nominated for a Juno this year.  You can hear the song, Drop The Beat, on You Tube (  Thanks for reading and enjoy!