There are a lot of love-related topics that have already been negotiated in music history, but only very few people have the guts to put their own engagement into the center of a track. That says a lot about Aaron Hoffman a.k.a. SonReal, who independently produces what he thinks is good, right and important.
To assign the rapper simply to the category HipHop is too shortsighted. To label him a singer/songwriter would be hiding significant parts of his artistic biography. With him, both come together and fit very well. Especially since he also follows old structures when it comes to his publishing policy: The man from Vancouver releases mixtapes and uploads his records and EPs freely accessible on the internet.
An avid skater, he grew up with Guns N 'Roses and Green Day just as the stories of Nas or Mobb Deep fascinated him. Hoffman started rapping, working as a carpenter during the day, and on his rhymes and skills at night, becoming SonReal. The 33-year-old is now quite successful and is rightly celebrated for his versatility.