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Together/Apart (Deluxe Edition)

Grieves

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Album Review

On his Rhymesayers debut, rapper Grieves sounds a bit too much like his labelmates Atmosphere to cause concern among those who label this rap “emo” instead of the preferred “independent.” The cool, opening memoir called “Light Speed” will feel familiar to the Atmosphere faithful with nostalgia for “Pogs and punk rock” and that defiant “if you need me, I’ll be in my hoody” attitude. This obvious influence is found throughout, always threatening to turn Together/Apart into a niche album, but then, unique numbers like the crypt-walking “On the Rocks” come along and Grieves becomes an inspired artist with his hands on the wheel, steering indie-hop down new avenues. Clever how a quote from Bobby Hebb’s effervescent “Sunny” shows up in the tortured (“I’ve been writin’ on the mirror with a razorblade/And chase away the devil in my brain that played me like a spade”) “Sunny Side of Hell,” and you can thank producer Budo for all the sample-free backing tracks, which also recall those Atmosphere guys, but a freer version willing to experiment with space rock (“Boogie Man”) and infectious G-funk (“No Matter What”). An easy recommendation for its obvious audience, but Together/Apart is a bit more than that as well, giving the genre of indie hip-hop some mass appeal whenever it decides to wild out.

Customer Reviews

Perfection

These days, hip hop is tarnished. It carries a bad name soiled by likes of Lil' Wayne and Kanye West. These guys are bringing back what hip hop should be about. Passion and struggle. Grieves and Budo bring so much more to the table than any other artist out to day can even imagine doing. BUY THIS ONE. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.

Thank God for this guy ......

I've never met Grieves, have no affiliation to him and honestly, just discovered him about 6 months ago while bouncin' around the Rhymesayers site.... This guy is authentically honest, vividly poetic and brutally connected to his emotions. I listen to a lot of Hip Hop .... people may say compulsively one dimensional and amongst the hundreds of different artists that I've soaked in in my time, Grieves comes truer than just about anyone I've ever heard. Budo's beats, along with co-production from Grieves, delivers memorable, well-constructed melodies and beats that seem to almost just program themselves right into your head. Buy this album, buy Irreversible, buy 88 Keys and buy Confessions..... you won't be disappointed.

Another Fine Rhymesayers Release

I've been listening to Grieves for a couple years now, and while some may be put off by the sight of a young scrawny white kid making hip-hop, I gotta say that if you like anything Atmosphere does, you'll find a nice spot for this album in your collection. Grieves has an honest and direct approach to his music that anyone who goes through the ups and downs of this thing we call life can relate to. It doesn't hurt that Budo, who provided the musical landscape for Grieves' last album "88 Keys & Counting", returns to lace Grieves with some beautiful & soulful beats. Can't say enough good words about "Together/Apart". Rhymesayers continues to put out quality music.

Favorite Tracks:
Lightspeed
On The Rocks
Heartbreak Hotel
No Matter What
Vice Grip
I'll Let You Know (Deluxe Version Track)

Biography

Born: February 23, 1984 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A Seattle-based rapper who is heavily influenced by the indie hip-hop duo Atmosphere, Grieves was born in Chicago. Thanks to his arts-loving father, he was introduced to the city's jazz clubs at a young age, but after moving to Fort Collins, Colorado, he had to wait until he turned 19 to land in a city with a more suitable musical climate, Seattle. It was there that his love of punk and hip-hop flourished, especially the latter, thanks to a fertile local community and a home studio. His debut effort,...
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