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Reminisce with M.I.S.S: Grav

Reminisce with M.I.S.S: Grav

What do the words “down to earth” and Kanye West have to do in common? Well, if that one has you stuck scratching your head, we don’t blame you. As one of the most notoriously arrogant artists out there, it may not be the description that comes to mind when one thinks of Mr. West. But here’s a little something for all you hip-hop heads and history buffs. This week with RWM, we’ll be bringing you back or even introducing you to Chicago rapper Grav. His only release was his debut album, Down To Earth in 1996. Many of the tracks off the album were produced by a very young Kanye West, who was only 19 at the time. It would be his first professional work.

Grav- Down to Earth

Born in New York, Grav’s start  in music was not far from the womb. His mother was a songwriter and singer, with a DJ husband by her side. Grav has said that he began his first experimentations with sampling on a Digitech delay machine and Casio SK!, and finding his was writing rhymes over his newly constructed beats. Though originally a New York boy, in ’92 he found his way to Chicago, where he has resided ever since. Throughout his career, Grav has also worked with other hip hop vets like No I.D., SC, Doug Infinite, among others.

Another Kanye Produced Track: One Puff

For some reason Grav never released another album. Some speculate it was due to the folding of the label that released his debut and no interest from other companies. The instrumentals and beats in the album have sort of a Dilla feel to it, incorporating smooth melodies with some jazz influence. Though his rap career may not have been what he always dreamed of, Grav has continued to stay in the entertainment industry. Lending his voice for commercials such as Jeep, McDonalds, Kellogg’s and Bacardi, he has remained quiet as far a media attention. The only website we can dig up on him are 2 out of date MySpace pages. As far as Twitter goes, some other wannabe rapper by the same name is out there, and trust me, that might not be classic material. Along with the aforementioned companies, Grav also lent his voice for EA Sport’s Def Jam ICON, which unfortunately he was unaccredited on according to IMDB.

For rare records collectors, his release is for a sure one for a collection, some of the LPs and singles on have sold for $60 apiece. What we appreciate about Grav was that though he can be categorized as a classic artist, he has still remained in industry that he loves most. If you’re searching for current news on him, unfortunately the internet is no friend on this one. With the revival of more 90s sounding hip hop currently, hopefully more rappers can get off the autotune train and get back to feel good music.

Check out some more tracks off Down to Earth:

Sick Thoughts:

Sex (Kanye Produced)

City to City

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The Music Link List – 6.15.2011

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The Music Link List – 6.15.2011

Kelly Rowland

♥♥ Kelly Rowland enlists the help of G.O.O.D. Music’s Big Sean on her latest single “Lay It On Me.” The sensual duet will reportedly be featured on her new album Here I Am, dropping July 26. The piano-driven Hit-Boy production is a nice contrast to her current single “Motivation.” Take a listen to the single below. You can download it for free courtesy of G.O.O.D. Music’s blog.

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♥♥ Speaking of G.O.O.D. Music, Kanye West’s studio version of the cut “Mama’s Boyfriend” has surfaced.  The piano-heavy beat feels a bit far removed from the material on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Listen to the track on Consequence Of Sound.

Soapbox Melodics

♥♥ Dirty Nate & Anya, better known collectively as Soapbox Melodics, just released a new video for the single, ” What Would I Do”, directed by Erick Lee & featuring Pacoe The Illiterate. Check out the video below!  You can purchase the song on Itunes.

Madlib - Nittyville Extras

♥♥ The bonus disc “Nittyville Extras” from Madlib Medicine Show #9 is now available in digital album format. The bonus disc features 12 rap tracks, remixes and instrumentals which are not on the standard version of the album. Get it now from Stones Throw Records!

James Drake

♥♥ R&B lovers Drake and James Blake are blended into perfection on the James Drake mixtape by Bombé and Mr. Caribbean. Download it for free on Hulkshare.

Inside The Mind Of Melo-X

♥♥ Steve-Ography has put together a 18-track compilation of various tracks by the Brooklyn-based producer/emcee Melo-X. Inside The Mind Of Melo-X features remixes, instrumentals and collaborations with the likes of Jesse Boykins III, Theophilus London, Kendrick Lamar and Mickey Factz.

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Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze and Kanye West at Cannes on NOWNESS.com

Diary of Cannes on Nowness.com.

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The Music Link List – 5.11.2011



♥♥ According to The Sun, Adele’s ex boyfriend wants a cut of her album royalties for inspiring the lyrics that were featured on her album 19. What do you think? Does he deserves some cash for being a jerk or does he just need to sit down and be quiet? Read the full story

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Art Radar: 04.05.11

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Art Radar: 04.05.11

Miami-based Typoe created this insane piece earlier in the year titled Confetti Death. Produced from shards of spray paint caps, the confetti of color sees a splash through the mouth of a skull, juxtaposing quite nicely with the white wall it’s placed on. Confetti Death was just a snippet of a larger show highlighting the artist’s graffiti and fine artwork. A bit more of his work can be seen here.


First and foremost, I am sure that everyone knows about MOCA‘s Art In The Streets exhibit by now. However, I am not going to post all of them every week but just a favorite or two and then link you all to the site so you can take a gander for yourselves. . .

An enigma wrapped in metal music underpinnings, Neck Face’s latest installment at the MOCA is reminiscent of the stark aesthetic in the artist’s work. The artist’s meticulously-crafted city underbelly within the exhibit allows for a heightened ambiance of dread to enhance the experience.


Following up on their inclusion in MOMA’s “Art in the Streets” exhibition, Shepard Fairey, COPE and Martha Cooper have teamed up to release a limited edition print that goes on sale today, April 21. The 18″ x 24″ poster is a signed screen print of a photograph taken by Martha Cooper of a wall mural featuring the work of Fairey and COPE. With a limited edition run of only 450 copies, the $60 print goes on sale today (at a random, unspecified time) through the OBEY GIANT web store.

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Time-Lapse of DFace Mural at Corey Helford Gallery

“Going Nowhere Fast” solo exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles, D*Face painted a large mural on the outer wall of the show space. Turning to the works of prominent American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein for inspiration, the mural takes on a traditional, highly-stylized comic book style with thick lines and bold color. Take a look at the video above.


Had to drop in on the ever so sexy and talented Tilt to see what he was up to, and guess what? He’s currently has an exhibit running right now from April 15th – June 18 2011, if you see him send my love ;D


Other Criteria offers up a new series of Pharmacy ashtrays from renowned contemporary artist Damien Hirst.

First seen back in 2004, the ashtrays were made for the Pharmacy restaurant but were never included in the Pharmacy auction at Sothebys. Sever different variations are available now through the Other Criteria online store, each varying in color and design.


Originally spotted back in March, the collaboration between Kanye West and M/M (Paris) finally sees a release as the two prepare to drop a series of printed of silk scarves featuring artwork from Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Five different designs were created in total, each limited to only 100 pieces.

“The five designs include a take on the album’s cover (Phoenix); a crowned, perhaps Kanye-esque head stuck with a sword (Power); two screaming faces (Face and Priest); and the “Ballerina.” The French-made, silk twill scarves all feature Georgo Condo’s paintings, with hand-lettered borders by M/M (Paris). They will be made available through colette and MMparis.com come Monday.


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