Melinda “Linda Sol” Hernandez, ’21
Melinda is a poet and rapper born and raised on Chicago’s west side. Throughout high school, Melinda competed in Louder than a Bomb, the largest youth poetry festival in the world, where she became an Indy and Team finalist in 2017. For the summers of 2016 and 2017, Melinda was offered an apprenticeship role at Young Chicago Authors (YCA), where she was mentored by Jamila Woods and Kevin Coval. After continuing her poetry career at Stanford University in the Spoken Word Collective, she became a CUPSI finalist her freshman year, placing second with Stanford’s all-rookie team.
What started as a rapping hobby quickly grew as people came to know her as Linda Sol. Though her career as a rapper has only begun, Linda Sol has opened for well-known artists such as Dreezy, 2 Chainz, Ella Mai, and A.Chal. Her work is inspired by her love for Chicago, her family’s resilience, and her overall understanding of self care, self love, and self preservation. After her first year of college, she was granted a Community Arts Fellowship and interned at YCA, closely shadowing Jamila Woods as a teaching assistant. Linda Sol is currently working on releasing her first songs throughout the Summer of 2018 and introducing the world to her unique sound.
Instagram | @_lindasol
Soundcloud| Linda Sol