For the past 10 years, rapper/former Anticon. leader Sole has lyrically dissected the harsh realities facing our country and, more often than not, the entire world. Or, in his words, "I've been talking this shit for a decade." The "shit" he's referring to is not only that of the more recent civil unrest in the U.S. and portions of Africa and the Middle East.
For example, Sole said he witnessed how using Midwestern corn for ethanol impacts the price of a tortilla thousands of miles away in Bolivia. That is, of course, merely one of the many issues Sole believes will contribute to what he sees as the "American empire in collapse." And because he sees that time approaching soon, he felt it was pertinent to go through his catalog and pick his best material dealing with these matters.
The results of Sole's personal vault digging is Dispatches From the American Fall, a 23-track mixtape featuring music both old and new from throughout his career. There are collaborations with like-minded rappers and vocalists such as Sage Francis, B. Dolan, Mac Lethal, and Jared Paul. Most notably there is a killer remix of the Lil B-assisted "Bad Captain Swag," one of several highlights off Sole's 2011 release with the Skyrider Band, Hello Cruel World.
Along with Dispatches From the American Fall, Sole unveiled a music video for the mixtape's opening track. "I Think I'm Ben Bernanke" finds the rapper as a homeless, drunk version of the track's namesake, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. It makes for a harrowing look at an economic apocalypse that Sole predicts and evokes with imagery similar to that of his aforementioned collaborator, Lil B. The Denver-based rapper uses many of the same techniques as the Based God, who clearly must have inspired Sole to keep it simple while ensuring his message is clear. Watch the video below.