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Feb 29, 2012

Album Preview: Grynch - Perspective

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This Friday Grynch is releasing “Perspective”, his third and most anticipated album to date. Seattle Weekly listed this as one of the albums that they are most excited for in 2012, the only Hip Hop record to make the list. He was kind enough to let the ReignCity staff preview the project, and it’s very impressive to say the least.

If you haven’t heard the first single off of “Perspective” titled “So Far” (prod Jake One) by now, it is the pure embodiment of what this project means to Grynch and how he has approached it.  “It’s the junior album/ the third times the charm/ and they ain’t sleeping on me/ nah they heard my alarm”, Grynch spits knowing that it’s make or break time with this album and the pressures on. Instead of stepping away from the pressure he steps right up and hits a homerun with this track.  Grynch flows effortlessly over this Jake One beat and has some great bars to match.  Superb guest appearances by Rhymesayers heavyweight Brother Ali and local R&B sensation Shaprece, make this track one of the standouts.

Songs like “Im Good” (feat. Sol), “Mister Rogers”, and “No Price Tag” are all feel good cuts. I can definitely see all these getting some major spin, especially when the sun peers out of the Seattle clouds.  The posse cut “Twilight Zone” feat. Fatal Luccianuno and Bambu is one of those songs you’ll have on repeat. Each emcees flow and cadence shines over the beat from Trox.

“Drowning” & “No Sunshine” might be my favorite tracks on this album.  Grynch finds his comfort zone in both of these tracks, while the subject matter is more personal than any material he has ever released.  They each express the struggle in putting this album together.  Both are very personal, but also very relatable to anyone who has had to deal with inner conflict and obstacles while chasing their dreams. In these tracks, Grynch really shows growth and maturity while displaying the emcee skills that have gotten him to this point.

This project is backed by outstanding production from Jake One, Budo, ATG, Crispy, and D-Sane just to name a few.  Jake One and Budo come through with 4 and 3 tracks each respectively.

What’s most impressive about this album as a whole is the consistency that Grynch brings to the table.  The unity of production, rap, features, and varying themes make this the best album from the Seattle emcee to date.

“Perspective” really is the perfect title.  This is Grynch’s perspective, told in a way that is creative, fun, and overall entertaining. Nothing on this record sounds contrived or inconsistent with this man’s experiences.  That in itself is refreshing.  Needless to say, I will be picking up a physical copy of “Perspective” when it drops this Friday.-Josh

Grynch will be celebrating the release of “Perspective” Friday, March 2 at Neumos. Featuring performances by The Bar (Prometheus Brown & Bambu), Chev, & DJ Swervewon. Tickets are still available.  Please come out and support what will be a great evening.