Coming Soon: Cracked speaker cones.

 

 Grip Grand — “TR-808”  

Produced by Grip Grand  

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Rapper/producer/bloggerator Grip Grand (URB’s Next 100, XXL Chairman’s Choice, East Bay Express Best Rapper, etc.) presents “TR-808,” an ode to California from the upcoming FREE mixtape, Cassette Trippin’. If you like classic West Coastin’, this one is for you…but don’t take my word for it. Listen to “TR-808” above, then download it below:  

This is where you click to download it FREE
Or
Click here to purchase the song on Bandcamp
  

The full Cassette Trippin’ mixtape will soon be available for free download from GripGrand.com, Bandcamp, and better blogs everywhere. Until then, enjoy this sneak preview, and stay tuned!  

Stay up,  

Grip Grand  

 

 

Why Your Song Sucks: A Hip-Hop Primer

By Grip Grand

I hear a lot of rap music during my day. Some of it is made by my friends, some by famous people, some by strangers, some by myself. Most of it, frankly, is terrible. Well, maybe terrible is too strong a word, but…let’s go with it. Therefore, as a service to the public, I decided to jot down this list of common pitfalls that many modern hip-hop songs succumb to. You’re welcome. Oh, yeah, and if you think this is about you, it isn’t—don’t take it personally. Unless you should take it personally, in which case you really do need my help. Onward.

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Coming Soon: Your new favorite thing.

Grip Grand — “Definition”

Rapper/producer/person-writing-this-post Grip Grand (URB’s Next 100, XXL Chairman’s Choice, East Bay Express Best Rapper, etc.) presents “Definition,” from the upcoming FREE mixtape, Cassette Trippin’. If you like rapping and beats, I really think you’ll appreciate the finer points of this project…but you don’t have to take my word for it. Listen to “Definition” above, then download it below:

This is where you click to download it.

The full Cassette Trippin’ mixtape will soon be available for free download from GripGrand.com, Bandcamp, and maybe a third place (if some organization decides to sponsor it…I’m looking at you, Harpo Productions). Until then, enjoy this sneak preview, and stay tuned for more leakery next weekery.

Be up,

Grip Grand

Related: Grip Grand — “Popular Demand” video (studio version appears on Cassette Trippin’)

Unlike companies who claim to be the best, Autopoint settled on a more modest adjective.

    

Vulture Crash: Culture Out of Context    

Once upon a time, erasers smelled awful. For each mistake made while transcribing your thoughts in already-painstaking analog longhand, you were forced to endure a visceral reminder of your error, even as you worked to remove it. With every corrective stroke, the vile rubber released a toxic odor like a tire fire in a barn full of animal farts. Forced to choose between inhaling that noxious emission and leaving their grammatical lapses intact, schoolchildren and counting-room clerks alike were everywhere driven to the brink of insanity. Truly, it was a terrible time to use a pencil.      

The scenario hypothesized above provides perhaps the most plausible explanation for the otherwise inexplicable phenomenon I find myself facing today. Namely…    

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Basil Wolverton’s art kicks your art’s ass.

Such a bust, another week where Ye Olde Pull List is only one comic long. What’s a nerd to do? I guess I’ll go back to figuring out why Dungeons & Dragons Online keeps crashing my computer. Um, that is, I’ll go back to stacking chips in the trap and laying bi**hes down flat. Farilla.

Let’s get it over with. This week’s lucky lady is…

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Hello. I’ve posted this picture of Batman crying to demonstrate my mind-state upon finding out that this week’s pull list is only one book long. I’m sure it says more about my recent buying habits than it does about the quality of today’s comics…but I’m not that sure. At any rate, it doesn’t make for a very stimulating column. Nonetheless, here we are.

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Download “Anger Management” for free (or donation) HERE.

Who loves you, baby? New free music for fans of Grip Grand, Swedish psych-rock, and/or both mixed together.

Vulture Crash: Culture Out of Context

 

Exhibit 1: folca

“A place for everything, and everything in its place.” If you were working on the tag line for a hip new organizational product, that’s probably where you’d start conceptually, and then you’d move out from there into cooler, more current territory. Well, the good folks at folca must have burned out and brainstormed themselves into oblivion, because they came up with this bell-ringer: “If it always has folca an important thing will not forget.” So why did I buy it?

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If you’re a Walking Dead fan (and if you aren’t, you just haven’t read it yet), then you know they screened a trailer for AMC’s upcoming TV adaptation at this year’s Comic-Con. I wasn’t there, and folks who were told me it looks promising.

So I watched the bootlegged version (it’s all over YouTube). Obviously, that isn’t the way this footage was meant to be seen, but it still concerns me. It all feels a little too…I dunno, “made for TV,” I guess. Plus, the book is in black and white (and gray), the impact of which can’t be underestimated. In a title that’s all about human frailty and moral ambiguity, the grayscale itself is a sort of subtle signifier. Technicolor doesn’t seem to make the same statement.

That’s why I was so pleased to find the above motion-comic footage, which is, to my mind, a much more satisfying way to make this story move (if they must). Yet I still contend that not every good book should be made into film of some sort. I think that’s ultimately missing the point of reading.

But enough of my yappin’. What’s new in the comic world? Tons of stuff, very little of which concerns me. Still, I have a whopping three books on my pull list this week, so let’s take a look at what awaits me behind the counter of Comics Unlimited today.

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