Grip is one of the most technically gifted storytellers in this new age of rappers.
East Atlanta rapper Grip is back with a new project entitled Snubnose that features his prodigious rapping ability paired beautifully with his distinct gift for storytelling, as well as communicating a variety of emotions from his personal life. Much of Grip’s talent lies in his ability to turn the general ethos and sensibilities of the place he is from into an unmistakable sonic representation that perfectly encapsulates these areas in people groups into song. Grip chose a variety of hard-hitting and creative production that he managed to attack in a variety of ways with his bountiful bag of flows.
Much of Snubnose is focused around violence and the ideals of manhood in his community, while managing to flip these notions on their head and breaking the “cycle” that he references on his track “226.” The project boasts a variety of impressive and diverse features, calling upon Mick Jenkins, Big Rube, AHYES, ICECOLDBISHOP, and Grandmaster Vic.
Beyond the cultural commentary that is packed within Snubnose is at times dwarfed by his commentary around the current state of rap and artists that he believes to be pretending or lying about their past, and the manner in which he appraoches this affirms the fact that Grip is genuinely hard and unflinchingly real. I truly enjoyed this project and am looking forward to Grip taking more steps forward artistically in the future.
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