Souleye’s musical career began in the trunk of a car. The rapper, hip-hop artist and songwriter was on his way to a party in pastoral New England hill country in a car so laden down with his friends that he and another teen hopped in the trunk. The year was 1996, and Souleye was still Mario Treadway, a high school kid and basketball player who had spent his entire life in the New England backwoods around Sturbridge, MA.
“I just remember the trees and the bonfire,” says Souleye. He doesn’t remember who the girl was, where the party was, or the name of the kid by the fire dropping lyrics. “He was just another kid, rhyming by the fire. I jumped in and just started rhyming.”