Grieves & Budo
Having spent nearly two years on the road touring in support of 88 Keys and Counting, Grieves found himself returning home to a fractured reality. Reeling from turbulence in his career and heartbreak in his personal life mixed with coming down from the high of the support he received on the road Grieves conceptualized Together/Apart, an album that would address the bond music creates between each of us as individuals and as a whole despite the many distances we experience be they geographical or emotional.
The end of 2008 saw Grieves enlisting the help of friend and collaborator Budo to co-produce Together/Apart bringing his signature swiss-army knife, multi-instrumental backdrop to Grieves' hauntingly poignant narrative. The album began taking shape in New York as the two built off the success 88 Keys and Counting had generated and paired it with the intensity they developed from their live performances. The recording process began to shadow the theme of the album as it saw tracks recorded in Colorado and Washington in addition to New York, infusing it with a mixture of regional influences while still maintaining a cohesive sound. As the album neared completion the title took on a double meaning for Grieves as he explored new subject matter in the absence of trust, refuge in addiction, acceptance and honesty in self-reflection, and trying to find his place in the world without forgetting his roots.
Together/Apart concludes three years of self-discovery that has ultimately lead to Grieves' most emotionally charged and daring album to date. Come together, grow apart June 21st, 2011.
Grieves and Budo talking about the tour: http://youtu.be/GGjA7ZCRUc0
Grieves - "Against The Bottom": http://youtu.be/ChRlRRvXMjg
If Prof had things his way, people would think he was nothing more than a heavy-boozing, free-wheeling playboy. His lyrics are sometimes rude and usually downright crude. He boasts in his rhymes about how he's pretty much the shit at everything. He's even performed shows where he makes himself get so drunk he throws up before going on stage.
Unfortunately for Prof, there's an underlying seriousness to his lyrics that he tries his hardest to cover with layer upon layer of party-perfect beats and rhymes. Growing up on the South Side of Minneapolis, Prof matured in step with the local hip-hop scene. In his 24 years, he's seen some shit that can't help but escape from his memory and into his songs, lending his lines the kind of wisdom that can only be born on hard city streets. He started free styling in eighth grade and, although he likes to have fun with his music, the swiftness of his rise to local fame shows how seriously he regards his rap career.
A rowdy young buck who loves a good time, Prof wants his music to inspire others to party it up with him. In a world where credibility is currency, Prof sticks a middle finger to those who feel hip-hop should be straight-faced and serious.
"Everyone's trying to be a preacher or a politician telling you how to live your life," he says. "I'm not running for Senate. I'm doing this for fun and I don't watch my mouth."
Prof's debut solo album, Project Gampo, definitely made a lasting impression on local music critics and hip-hop heads. "Prof is wall-to-wall here in all his glory, with clever one-liners out the ass, hyperactive and delicious vocab spills popped like collars- picture a supreme smartass with gorilla swagger and a mouth as fast as his mind Point blank, this kid's got more flavor and flow than all five of your favorite MCs combined." (City Pages, May 12, 2008)
THE MC TYPE
The MC Type is a Seattle native with a unique blend of crude humor and sharp rhyme skills. To label his music as comedy rap would not do justice to his capabilities in either field. Type can rap and sing at an amazingly high level, as well as write a cleaver song with fully developed musical structure and professional execution. What he is doing has never been done.
Best known for his material with indie rap group The Let Go, Type has toured the country 14 times. His group has charted as high as number 19 on CMJ for hip hop/rap and was picked up by over 210 public radio stations for regular rotation. Their lead single gained placement in MTV's The City, Season 1, Episode 10. A dynamic writer, Type is also a member of two other groups, Illegitimate Children (with Rhymesayers' Grieves) and WUF TIX.
Type's strong suit is easily his extremely specific song topics. Best displayed in his popular videos, his humor shines on "Man Crush (No Homo)" and "After I Came," both directed by Griff J.
There is no performer around that can bring standup comedy and hip hop to the stage and fuse them together quite like Type. The songs and the videos are great, but the live show is what will really make you laugh.
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