Greg Grease 'Black King Cole' ep
Sound Verite Records, 2013 // none
Back in '96 I started hanging out with some unsavory types who reintroduced me to hip hop.
Besides a little Wu-Tang and Tribe, I'd stopped listening to rap since about 1989, when I was keen on the Geto Boys, P.E. and 'Paul's Boutique.'
Anyway, one of the production styles I gravitated toward during those unsavory times was No I.D.'s work on Common's 'Resurrection.'
There's something really cold and wintry going on there, and I'm not sure if anyone else makes the same connection, but there's a host of this midwest stuff that I can't visually 'place' outside a cold, midwestern city. Like, this Freddie Gibbs video, for instance.
I mention all that because Grease is from South Minneapolis, and I hear the gritty, snowbound melancholy in these beats.
Ugh, we've all had a long winter.
Recommended straight from the guys at Fifth Element in Minneapolis.