Grieves & Budo

Grieves & Budo (10:45 PM)

Prof (9:45 PM)

The Mc Type (9:00 PM)


Thu, October 20, 2011

8:00 pm

$12.00 - $14.00

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This event is all ages

adv tix $12.00/dos tix $14.00

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Grieves & Budo - (Set time: 10:45 PM)
Grieves & Budo
Ben Laub stumbles around drunkenly, creating new dance moves while belting out all of the words to “Any Way You Want It” and “Don’t Stop Believin’”. He’s in his Brooklyn apartment drinking wine. He’s alone. Journey is blasting on full-volume, sure to annoy anyone around.

Laub, 26, is better known by his stage name, Grieves, known for his introspective and incredibly catchy rap lines. This is where the magic happens; this is all part of the creative process for the newest addition to the Rhymesayers roster.
“I want the fans to know I haven’t been sleeping, there is new material on the way”

Fifteen years ago a group consisting of Sean Daley (better known as Slug), Anthony Davis (Ant) and Brent “Siddiq” Sayers, among others, set out to do something revolutionary.

The group wanted to transcend the ways of other record labels by bringing out insightful, thoughtful and lyrical hip-hop, starting in Minneapolis. This was laughable to many in the larger markets that were considered “more hip-hop”, while Minneapolis wasn’t known for much more than Gordon Bombay’s Mighty Ducks and Kirby Puckett’s World Series performance.

It’s easy to say that Rhymesayers has had the last laugh. Their movement and the label’s growth has changed the game of hip hop. Nearing the status of king of all indie hip hop labels and allowing them to rival the success of major labels, thanks in large part to the global success of Atmosphere and Brother Ali.

The label once known almost solely for Slug’s sole patch is expanding, and with that it’s diversifying. They’ve taken some big steps. Their recent inkings with West-coast underground legend Evidence (of Dilated Peoples) and Roc-a-Fella-collaborator Freeway have pushed the bounds of their Midwest-centric roots and decidedly conscious demeanor.

But, the combination of Grieves and Budo brings something different for the imprint. They possess a unique combination of individual talents and an air of style reminiscent of the group that brought Rhymesayers a huge part of it’s global recognition. Grieves’ self-conscious, catchy raps mirror, in many ways, the work of a hungry Slug; and Budo’s knack for musical exploration forms a solid backdrop that’s familiar, almost like the constant presence of the often-overlooked work of Atmosphere’s cigarette-smoking producer-and-DJ — Ant.

Grieves, the slightly-awkward, skinny MC, spins tales similar to those that have become paramount to the success of Atmosphere and Slug as a lyricist. Both MCs often recant tales of the voices in their heads, spilling forth the demons that haunt them on a daily basis. Slug has the type of every-man appeal that’s hard to deny while Grieves speaks to the young and angsty as he spits lines to crowds dressed — like him — sometimes more punk-chiche than hip-hop.

Grieves grew up in Colorado before moving to Seattle, where he began his career as an MC. He released his debut album Irreversible in 2007, starting to create a buzz both in Seattle and on a national level. “I never expected that album (Irreversible) to take the caliber that it did,” said Grieves, admitting that some of the songs had just been “filler”. In the summer of 2008, Grieves met the talented Seattle producer Budo and the duo’s musical intuitions immediately meshed.

Budo (27) grew up influenced by his mom and uncles to play the piano, saxophone and a variety of electronic instruments, it was “an integral part of life,” he said. At age 10 he started taking trumpet lessons, surrounded by all manners of music and played any instrument that came around, saying, “I spent a lot of time listening to jazz music, and that coupled with the emotional directness of blues, cool textures of modern rock music.”
“There isn’t a prescribed way to build a song”

Budo produced the majority of Seattle MC, Macklemore’s, The Language of my World and is in the group A.R.M. with M.anifest and Krukid of Minneapolis, whose first EP, Two Africans and a Jew, should be dropping sometime in the near future. He also released his solo instrumental project, Bird on a Wire, last year.

Shortly after they met, the two joined their talents and began crafting the album that would later be named 88 Keys and Counting. “Budo is one of the most talented musicians I have the pleasure of knowing” said Grieves. Their process for creating an album relies completely on collaboration, with each working on production and leaving their handprints on the finished product. “He’ll write and produce songs start to finish, and I will play or replay a little, or a lot of times I will write and send him music,” said Budo in describing the process of having two musicians bouncing their work off each other.

“There isn’t a prescribed way to build a song, this process is a lot more collaborative, more input from both sides. In certain past relationships I will send beats to a rapper, and they will rap. That established me a foothole, but at the end of the day that process doesn’t allow a song space to grow or change. This process is more about crafting songs and allowing each other the space to turn a song into more than just rapping and beatmaking,” explained Budo.

With the recent nuptials, Rhymesayers re-released the duo’s collaborative debut, 88 Keys and Counting on March 2nd. The album didn’t see any changes from its original release, as both artists worried it would ruin the flow.

“It feels like more of a record than a collection of songs, as a listener this is something that I have always loved,” said Budo, the man behind the production and Grieves’ touring DJ, “it’s the first record I’ve been a part of on a large scale that I’m completely proud of.” Since the album is staying the same, all pre-orders came bundled with Confessions of Mr. Modest, a 10-track EP that Grieves says “is really a full album that was shaved down, it has the same style I got out of 88 Keys, but it’s very theatrical.” The EP includes production by Grieves, Budo, Sapient and others.
“It’s the first record I’ve been a part of on a large scale that I’m completely proud of.”

The Next Step

Being under the Rhymesayers umbrella will couple the rollercoaster of success that Grieves has experienced with the power of the mega-indie label allowing him to reach a bigger market. For Grieves, it’s an honor to be in the same group as artists such as Brother Ali and Slug. “Nobody works like him, he’s a grinder, he’s been grindin’ his ass off for over a decade,” said Grieves of the Atmosphere emcee with whom he toured in 2007.

But Grieves is not stranger to grinding. He will release a new album under the RSE imprint in 2010, he told aboveGround. In addition says he is “attempting to make a stronger presence on the blogging and internet scene.”

“I want the fans to know I haven’t been sleeping, there is new material on the way,” he said.
Prof - (Set time: 9:45 PM)
If Prof had things his way, people would think he was nothing more than a heavy-boozing, free-wheeling playboy. His lyrics are sometimes rude and usually downright crude. He boasts in his rhymes about how he’s pretty much the shit at everything. He’s even performed shows where he makes himself get so drunk he throws up before going on stage.

Unfortunately for Prof, there’s an underlying seriousness to his lyrics that he tries his hardest to cover with layer upon layer of party-perfect beats and rhymes. Growing up on the South Side of Minneapolis, Prof matured in step with the local hip-hop scene. In his 24 years, he’s seen some shit that can’t help but escape from his memory and into his songs, lending his lines the kind of wisdom that can only be born on hard city streets. He started free styling in eighth grade and, although he likes to have fun with his music, the swiftness of his rise to local fame shows how seriously he regards his rap career.

A rowdy young buck who loves a good time, Prof wants his music to inspire others to party it up with him. In a world where credibility is currency, Prof sticks a middle finger to those who feel hip-hop should be straight-faced and serious.

“Everyone’s trying to be a preacher or a politician— telling you how to live your life,” he says. “I’m not running for Senate. I’m doing this for fun and I don’t watch my mouth.”

Prof’s debut solo album, Project Gampo, definitely made a lasting impression on local music critics and hip-hop heads. “Prof is wall-to-wall here in all his glory, with clever one-liners out the ass, hyperactive and delicious vocab spills popped like collars- picture a supreme smartass with gorilla swagger and a mouth as fast as his mind… Point blank, this kid’s got more flavor and flow than all five of your favorite MCs combined.”
The Mc Type - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
The Mc Type
Seattle based husband, comedian, singer and rapper. Type has toured the country 13 times, playing under Grieves and Louis Logic on several trips. He is a member of three groups (The Let Go, Illegitimate Children and WUF TIX) as well as a solo performer. With seven studio recorded albums under his belt, Type has plenty of material to keep you laughing.
Raised in North Pole, Alaska, Lee Shaner a.k.a. Intuition, moved to Southern California during his college years to pursue his passion for emceeing. A true 80’s baby, Intuition was raised on rap music during it’s golden era and has a style that, while firmly rooted in tradition, still manages to be forward thinking and modern. With early influences ranging from bugged out hippy rap like “3 Feet High and Rising,” to G-funk classics like “Doggystyle,” to the gritty lo-fi hardcore ramblings of “Enter the 36 Chambers,” it’s safe to say the kid has a solid foundation.

About “Girls Like Me,” Intuition states “People that listen to my music will know more about me than they would ever know about me by my talking to them…there’s not a single lie on this album, and if someone doesn’t like this record, they would probably hate me as a person.” This sort of brazen honesty is something of a rarity these days in any musical genre, let alone hip hop, and that honesty alone makes him a musician worth perking your ears for.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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