Hip-hop emcee Grieves on how to be a broke ass rapper

Hip-hop emcee Grieves on how to be a broke ass rapper

MusicSeptember 04, 2017 By Brian Frederick

For the better part of a decade, Grieves has been putting pen to paper as an emcee for Rhymesayers Entertainment. You too can live large like he does if you abide by his steps on, as he says, “becoming a broke-ass rapper.”

Buy a Wu-Tang Record

“That’s step number one, followed closely by step # 2: understand that you are not Wu-Tang. [laughs] Imitation is flattery, but hip-hop is this bravado, machismo thing. Most of the time, when you hear someone’s first rap song, they’re rapping about how dope they are. Like, look I get it, you got a Wu-Tang record. You’re just replicating what you heard. Wu-Tang did that awesome, you on the other hand, do not.”

Find Yourself

“People have trouble finding the authentic them, and who they are as an artist. It goes beyond just being a rapper, just any art. Because you taught yourself how to rap every line of “C.R.E.A.M.” does not make you Method Man. Learning strokes doesn’t make you Salvador Dali — but it doesn’t hurt to have that skill. Humility and being humble will help you find that part of you a lot of people will fall in love with, it will be the more creative part of you.”

Get Inspired

“When I sit down to write lyrics, it always happens with music. I never have been able to … I never really have sat down and say ,‘One of these days the beat’s gonna come to it and it’ll work out’ — it’s all drawn from that exact moment. To me, that’s where the authentic me comes out. When I sit at home and premeditate something, it falls short. But when it happens because it’s happening, I always hit my mark.”

“It’s an artists market, we’re in charge right now.”  - Grieves

Prove Yourself

“I don’t want to listen to you because you’re a hot dude and 16-year-old girls follow you on Instagram because you take a photo with the V-line going down to your crotch. When we were coming up, you had to prove your chops to be dope. We’re all ugly motherfuckers man, that’s why we’re making music. It’s a different hustle now though. You can have a SoundCloud song build your whole career. I don’t understand it, I busted my ass just to get my 40,000 followers and I’m in my mid-30s!”

“If I had to be honest with it: spend time on your craft, make dope shit, be humble and move forward and make the right moves. But if you’re a good looking dude, who’s got the V-line, fuck it, use it to your advantage too I guess.” - Grieves

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Sep 25    Brighton Music Hall    Allston, MA         
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