NEW MUSIC: Winter & The Wolves – Grieves

Grieves - Winter & The Wolves

Grieves has carried a fervent fan base now over the course of four strong albums. Tepid tastemaker reviews aside, I don’t think there’s any doubt that his new LP, Winter & The Wolves, will be received with anything but rabid support by those who consistently ride for him. 206UP has always appreciated Grieves’ skill and purported love for the art of hip hop music, but often times his self-confessional style makes for laborious listening. Unfortunately, W&TW is probably the heaviest of all his albums, likely by design. Thank goodness Spring feels just around the corner, I suppose.


VIDEO: “Shreds” – Grieves (dir. by Matt Hobbs for Vital Films)

Grieves gets his Jack London on in his new video for “Shreds”, the first single from the rapper’s upcoming Winter & The Wolves due March 25. Pre-order that shit here and get some exclusive swag with your advance commitment.


NEW MUSIC: “Shreds” – Grieves (prod. by B. Lewis)


Rhymesayers artist and current Seattle resident Grieves dropped a new single (“Shreds”) and announced Winter & The Wolves — his new album, due March 25 — is now available for pre-order at various online outlets. “Shreds” is an electro-tinged boom-bap effort, produced by B. Lewis. Grieves makes allusions to those who might do him wrong. Does he mean heads of religious institutions? Record labels? The amorphous and always disdainful “hater”? Who can be certain?

(h/t Potholes In My Blog.)


VIDEO: “Against The Bottom” – Grieves & Budo

This is either an add for Gap clothing or footage from a party in Brooklyn I attended last weekend. I’m not entirely sure. In any case, it’s the closing track on Grieves & Budo’s recent Together/Apart, an album which represents the duo’s best work, by far.

You may hate and call this clip corny, but we’ve all had days just like this when every girl you met was your dream girl and it felt like the sun would never set.


VIDEO: “On The Rocks” – Grieves & Budo

Together/Apart is the official Rhymesayers debut album from Grieves & Budo and it dropped this past Tuesday. It’s the best work yet from this duo who (I hear) are back living in The Six. Actually, I spotted Budo roaming the sidewalks of Capitol Hill just before last Saturday’s Blue Scholars concert at Neumos — I sometimes forget how small this Town is. Peep the video for “On The Rocks” off Together/Apart, above.


VIDEO: “Bloody Poetry” – Grieves & Budo

It’s fresh to see two cats with strong ties to Seattle blow up something major the way Grieves and Budo are doing. Inking a deal with the best known independent hip-hop label in the country (Rhymesayers) will do that for you. The duo’s next full-length offering is titled Together/Apart and will hit the paved and dirt roads of all this land’s hamlets on June 21.

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VIDEO: Knocksteady Live feat. Blue Scholars

Via the good folk at KNOCKSTEADY (make sure to check their quality hustle, here). Surfing the Land of Twit yesterday, I was happy to come upon a live UStream broadcast, hosted by Dumbfoundead, and featuring Blue Scholars. The crew performed a few new tracks off their upcoming Cinemetropolis and answered some questions from the viewing audience. The clip above is just a bit of that show.

(For more SEA love from KNOCKSTEADY, peep Grieves and Budo’s recent appearance, here.)


VIDEO: “Lightspeed” – Grieves & Budo

#LatePass. Grieves talks about growing up in “Lightspeed,” the first single from Together/Apart, the forthcoming album from the emcee and his partner behind the boards, Budo.

“Hit the corner store for the new Fleer packs.” Yup, I remember that.