Rhymesayers Entertainment & IPR Present: Hip Hop Essentials Showcase
Grieves, DJ Fundo
Dem Atlas, Straight Crooked
629 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55454
This event is 18 and over
Since his birth in Chicago, IL, Benjamin Laub (bka Grieves) enjoyed a diverse musical upbringing, exposed at an early age to the city's local jazz and blues clubs by his father. After relocating to Fort Collins, CO and eventually Seattle at age 19, Grieves had broadened his array of musical influences to include punk rock and eventually became completely immersed in Hip Hop as an art form.
Following his debut album Irreversible in 2007, Grieves began collaborating with local Seattle-based producer Budo, a talented multi-instrumentalist that helped complete the organic-yet-intense sound of 15 melodic, sample-free tracks that became 88 Keys & Counting. Following rave reviews of the album's mainly digital release, Grieves and Budo hit the road once again to set up shop in New York City, where they are currently at work on the follow-up to 88 Keys, due for a Fall release this year on Rhymesayers. Untethered to common restraints of the hip-hop genre, the combination of Grieves' singing and rapping with the refreshing horn, guitar, and keyboard driven production by Budo presents Grieves strongest work to date.
i started making music in highschool, 2006. around the time i was really into dance and theatre. i joined a rock band called the Argonauts, in which i was the lead vocalist, we recorded demos in our drummers basement and played at talent shows around the way.
late in high school, my art professor gave me a huge mix of various hip hop tapes ranging from nas's illmatic, to pharcyde, to kool keith. i started freestyling with friends at parties and became more interested in the culture.
Life was confusing during that time and before it, i was just beginning to learn the craft of putting words and pictures to it.
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