When it comes to dropping audio dope, Alabama’s Young Soda has the recipe. While the South has risen to the top of the rap food chain, the talent out of Alabama has yet to equal up to some of its fellow states that reside below the Mason-Dixon Line. Native MCs likes Drama, Rich Boy, Yelawolf, Mick Jenkins and Doe B have put it down for the state. Now, the Birmingham-raised, Georgia-based spitta, Soda, is working on shaking things up with his Arm & Hammer grammar.
Born, Joel Adarius Hill, Soda’s first taste of music came in his hometown’s Ruff Pro Productions studio, where he would frequent as a teen. By the age of 15, he had been bitten by the rap bug and was focusing on his craft, while keeping one foot in the streets. Weaving his first-hand block stories into his rhymes, the self-proclaimed gangsta rapper dropped several projects as his name bubbled in the region and started to expand.
On his ongoing grind, the Third Coast MC has toured the country, sharing bills and tracks with the likes of YG, Lil Scrappy and Kirko Bangz.
In December 2015, he put out the CSM DJ Smooth-hosted Soda Ova Everything mixtape, featuring A-One, ItsFiesta, Prince Baby Yolo and others.