The new Grip Grand album, ESAE, comes out June 5th on iTunes and elsewhere. But if you’re the kind of person who bothers to read my posts on Facebook and Twitter and www.gripgrand.com, then I appreciate your support, and I’d like to reward your loyalty. So you can have the album now. Today. For FREE. Download link below.
Season’s Greetings, y’all. “Make a Joyful Noise” is a set of songs I compiled as a Christmas gift for a family friend — a little something from the heart and soul for the holidays. Often, it seems like the difference between soul music and gospel is that one says “baby” where the other says “Jesus”. In a number of these songs (O.V. Wright’s “Without You” is a stirring example), the artist could be singing about either. I found this to be appropriate for the season. Read the rest of this entry »
You heard right. I have a new album out this month. It’s called Rewinder. It was produced by DJ MF Shalem. And it’s amazing. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s a little info from the fine folks who are putting it out, Fifth Element (a division of Rhymesayers Entertainment).
Well, mine anyway. For many, today is just the Day of the Dead. But for my wife and myself, it’s our anniversary (insert joke here). My wife and my son are the best, most important things in my life (my family, friends, music and loyal listeners are next, don’t fret). So I thought I’d hop in the old time machine on this, my day of days, to tell you a little story about how I met my wife. Read the rest of this entry »
“OK, people?/Straight up, like the fuckin’ Space Needle”
For those unaware (which is everyone except about three of you), that line is from one of the first rap songs I recorded as Grip Grand. I was living in Portland, OR, at the time, so referencing landmarks of the American Northwest made sense. Little did I know I would one day reside in the Emerald city. But that day has come. It is now.
See what I did there? I took the name of a famous Biggie song and I flipped it so that it was about beef jerky instead of whatever it was about originally. Why, you ask? Because my man Matthew Klapper at Green Light Jerky recently sent me a sample of his fine wares and asked me a few questions about life along the way. Check it HERE.