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Benjamin Laub, aka Grieves

Benjamin Laub, aka Grieves

Grieves has always used music to talk about what's happening in his life. After tackling dark subject matter like addiction, heartbreak and living in poverty on his third and fourth records — Together/Apart (2011) and Winter & the Wolves (2014) — Grieves was typecast as an emo rapper. Fans expected him to be miserable. But after a certain point, that didn't really line up with his life anymore. In fact, the Seattle-based rapper has been having fun for years.

Grieves a toujours utilisé la musique pour parler de son quotidien Après avoir abordé des thèmes obscurs tels que la dépendance, le chagrin et la pauvreté, sur ses troisième et quatrième disques - Together / Apart (2011) et Winter & the Wolves (2014) - Grieves a été catalogué comme un rappeur emo.

"I get to make music for a living and travel the world," he says, "but I never talked about it. I never expressed that joy and never translated that sense of fun to the record, and I wanted to do that this time around."

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Macklemore  and  Grieves met in 2003 while they were attending college in Olympia. Laub was 20 years old and discovering the culture of a true hip-hop community for the first time. And that's around when he started facing his demons and writing real songs, rather than "getting drunk and freestyling with the homies."

Macklemore et Grieves se sont rencontrés en 2003 alors qu'ils étaient au collège à Olympia Washington. Laub avait 20 ans et découvrait alors la culture hip-hop pour la première fois. Et c'est là qu'il a commencé à affronter ses démons et à écrire de vraies chansons, plutôt que de se «saouler et de faire du freestyle avec les potes».

Laub had started making music when he was 14 years old, playing in various hardcore punk bands in Fort Collins, Colorado. But abrasive and tuneless rock didn't necessarily suit him. Instead, he gravitated to melodically oriented music; he remembers friends making fun of him for listening to pop-punk bands like NOFX. "I was like, 'I don't care. I like the melodies in this song, and I think that's the point — I like this song because it's a good song.'"

But then he started listening to classic hip-hop groups like Mobb Deep and the Wu-Tang Clan, which captured his imagination in a way punk rock had not. "Beat-making was so crazy to me because it's a blank slate," he says. "There's no sound. Then you're chopping it all up and rearranging it and making this crazy collage of music. I was absolutely fascinated by that feeling, like I was making something from nothing. Freestyling was the same way — just pulling words out of the air."

Another similarity Grieves happens to share with Macklemore is singing most of his own hooks, and incorporating sing-song moments throughout his raps. That style was slow to develop, Laub says: "I was scared of singing for a really long time." But he likes his music pretty and ugly simultaneously. "That idea of nothing being perfect is very important to my music, and that's where the singing comes in, because there's only so much I can do as a rapper. I am not the best rapper in the world; I've got my flow, but some of it is beyond me."

Exploring new melodies also forces him to grow as a musician. With each new record, he expands his palette of sounds, and with each tour he expands his personal understanding of reality — and leaves the darker version of himself further behind.

Laub a commencé à faire de la musique à l'âge de 14 ans, en jouant dans des groupes punk hardcore à Fort Collins, au Colorado. Mais le rock trash ne lui correspondait pas et il se souvient que des amis se moquaient de lui pour car il écouté des groupes comme NOFX.

"Je me disais" je m'en fous, j'aime les mélodies dans cette chanson, et je pense que c'est l’essentiel si j'aime cette chanson c’est parce que c'est une bonne chanson. " Puis il commençe à écouter des classiques du hip-hop comme Mobb Deep et Wu-Tang Clan, ses plus grandes sources d’inspiration.

Le point commun que Grieves partage avec Macklemore c’est d'incorporer des moments de chant à travers ses raps.

Il a mis du temps à développer son style car pendant longtemps il avait peur de chanter, sa musique est pleine d’imperfections mais c’est cela qui fait son charme.

Le fait d’explorer de nouvelles mélodies l'oblige également à grandir en tant que musicien. Avec chaque nouveau disque, il élargit sa palette de sons, et à chaque tournée il élargit sa compréhension personnelle de la réalité.

Un artiste à suivre.