New MusicNews

Check Out: Grieves – “On The Rocks”

on May 06, 2011, 5:51pm

grieves 693 Check Out: Grieves   On The Rocks

In his 2002 hit “Without Me”, Eminem rapped “To do Black Music so selfishly/And use it to get myself wealthy (Hey)/There’s a concept that works/20 million other white rappers emerge/But no matter how many fish in the sea/It’ll be so empty without me.” With that demonstration of lyrical genius, Mr. Mathers painted a picture of a world overcome with white MCs taking over the predominantly black genre of rap solely for financial gain. And while he placed himself above the fray, his mad rantings raised a legitimate point in the hip-hop community in regards to the gentrification of rap. But if there’s one white MC who has emerged since then, we’re fairly confident that Grieves is in it for all the right reasons.

Born Benjamin Laub, the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Seattle MC released several albums and an EP before signing to Atmosphere frontman Slug’s Rhymesayers label (the group also brought him on-board as opener for their latest tour.) With his Rhymesayers debut, Together/Apart, due to drop June 21st, the MC is setting the tone for the record with the track “On The Rocks”. With a bizarro, almost frightening-in-its-creepiness beat, the track sees the normally manic flow of Grieves morph into a fusion of the down-on-your-luck content and stylings of blues and the attitudes and sensibility of urban music. The ending result is a powerful portrayal of a man happy to be hanging himself with the frayed bits of rope.

Check out the song below, and catch Grieves on the Vans Warped Tour this summer.

3 comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Dave
May 7, 2011 at 12:58 am

dude below me, check out his song “War For The Crippled” or, “The Room We Hide In”. He’s an MC.

word up
May 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm

And why does COS have to censor what we say on here? I posted a comment last week that never even showed up on the site. I think COS has been taken over by the MAN.

word up
May 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I’m not to familiar with this guy, but this sounds way more like he is singing than rapping. Is he really considered an “MC”

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,478 other followers