Seattle based rapper and Rhymesayers own Grieves and UK duo Too Many T’s join forces to create ‘The Secret Handshake Tour’ which will see the rappers take centre stage through Europe and the UK this November.
Both celebrating new music releases in 2019, the co-headline tour will showcase brand new music and fans firm favourite jams on no less than thirteen shows (and counting!). Sharing the love of old school sounds and positive vibes, Grieves and Too Many T’s are a hip hop match made in heaven.
Tickets are available via the artist websites and Grieves’ fans also have the opportunity to buy VIP packages which includes a goodie bag plus a meet and greet with the US artist before each show. All tickets are strictly limited.
Known for their high-energy live show which has seen them support De La Soul, Public Enemy and Big Daddy Kane. Too Many T’s present their debut LP ‘South City’, an album of consummate skill and emotional depth.
It’s one thing to make people think with a record. It’s another to make people laugh with one. But to do both, with the same body of work, is something truly special.
This album will dazzle you with the skill of T’s flows, astonish you with the width of their lyrics and get your booty shaking with the infectious future-bass production. Your brain will think it’s listening to classic, golden-era hip hop, but your arse will know it’s dancing to a formula that’s been updated.
When asked if he always knew he’d end up being a rapper, Benjamin Laub—better known as Grieves—can only laugh. “Oh no, not really,” he says, “I was in bands and stuff, but I grew up listening mainly to Punk stuff. It wasn’t until I got a little older that Hip-Hop really started to happen for me.” When Grieves first heard artists like Mobb Deep and Wu-Tang Clan, he remembers being drawn to their sound. “Hearing all the samples and stuff from records that I heard my dad play when I was a kid… You start to hear the connections. When I discovered people like Atmosphere, it was like hearing somebody speak their truth in a way that related to me. That’s when I first started to think about Hip-Hop as a way to really talk about what was happening in my life. Hard to believe that now, over a decade later, that’s actually what I’m still doing.”
On Running Wild, Grieves’ fifth proper full-length, the Seattle based musician manages to balance the dueling impulses that fuel both his live shows and his previous releases: the need to cut loose and the need to vent. Grieveswants to have a good time while also keeping shit real and honest. While previous efforts like 2011’s Together/Apart and 2014’s Winter & The Wolves might have leaned heavily in the direction of darkness—taking on subjects like addiction, heartbreak, and poverty—the new record introduces some much-needed levity to the proceedings. “I remember a review of one of my records where they were like, ‘This guy sounds like he’s hella intense and really shitty to hang out with.’ I’m like, ‘What the fuck?’ It’s actually the opposite. I wanted this record to reflect that a little more.”
Midlands own ‘A$TROBOY$’ are an up and coming Alternative Hip-Hop Group, consisting of ‘RJ’ & ‘Don Wheezy’. Combining different elements of Hip-Hop, Trap, R&B and Grime. Releasing music as part of the Dystopian District Collective.
Recently supporting; The Sunset Beach Hut, Franko Fraize & Portobello in the past few months at various shows.
Releases include; ‘Collision Course’ the debut Mixtape, focusing on the struggles of mental health issues and showcasing a versatile display of the psychedelic, alternative and creative side of Hip-Hop.with tracks such as; ‘LONELY’ being played on BBC WM introducing & ‘$UICIDAL FLOW’ featuring on Brum Radio & Switch Radio.
‘Apocalypse’ is the upcoming second mixtape, which is a collaboration project leaning towards the grittier, darker side of hip-hop exploring; Grime, Drill, Dark Trap & Horrorcore. Working with various producers including; Ukrainian based Elixir and Birmingham’s Jai Plummer & Chunksta D.