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Exclusive: Vice Gripp Talks The Bear Jew Lives, Hopsin Collab, And More!

Posted by Underground On Top on May 31, 2013 at 4:55 PM

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What/who inspires you to do music? How old were you when you started?

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"I've been listening to music and actually getting on stage since the early 90s with like talent shows and what not. My family is full of musicians and artists in all different crafts that were never able to make a career off music; even though some toured and made money off it for a couple years. I was into all the early rap. I still got cassette tapes I used to listen to in elementary school. The group that i was the biggest fan of was Bone Thugs~N~Harmony. When I first started writing I was in elementary school. Just like poetry cuz my grandmother was a published poet. In middle school I bought turntables and a mixer and tried to learn how to DJ on my own. Then freshmen year of highschool I started a crew called Psyko South. I wrote raps wit my friends and I produced beats on a generic beat machine and a Casio keyboard. Then I got into software and started making beats on the computer. Psyko South lasted until June 2012 when I went solo."

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Who do you want to work with? (Artist wise)

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"I like to work with anyone who is creative and impressive. Which now a days ain't too many people. So right now I just want to work with myself. I would love to work on an album with some producers like Rick Rubin or Ross Robinson. Currently at this point in my career I'm not very interested in any other collaborations I just want to develop my own sound right now since I'm just starting out as a new solo artist."

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What are you currently working on right now? New music, collabs, videos, etc.

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"I just dropped my debut album "The Bear Jew Lives" which is available @ http://vicegripp.bigcartel.com for 99c audio download and $5 for the hardcopy of the CD. It has 12 songs that I produced, wrote and performed. It was recorded with Dashius Clay at 808 Studios and mixed by DJ Draydel at Critical Recordings in Miami. I have a couple of the tracks leaked on Youtube as well as an album sampler of the whole project. I'm currently setting up a meeting with a director to shoot the visuals to the first single off the album and the ideas in my head will move people. I really want to bring the visual art to the audible art I've created so I had to find the right director but I'm looking to shoot it in early July then release it as soon as the editing is done."

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What is your most accomplished piece of work? track, albums, mixtapes, etc.?

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"The song I'm most known for so far is a collaboration with Hopsin called "Losin My Mind" off a mixtape I did called "OutLaw Music" when I was with Psyko South. The track is approaching 10,000 views on Youtube. That mixtape was also the most downloaded mixtape the crew dropped. The biggest thing I've done was the group album called "Front Toward Enemy" by [dead] P.o.e.t.s. which we did 3 Florida state tours and a 30 city coast to coast national tour to promote. The CD had Popa Wu from the Wu-Tang Clan on the intro, Esham, Rock from Heltah Skeltah, Quan, Liquid Assassin, K-Rino and myself and 2 other crew members from Psyko South. I'm looking to do another big national tour to promote my new album "The Bear Jew Lives" as soon as possible."

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Which producers would you want to work with the most?

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"Rick Rubin is a legend and I'd love to sit and work in the lab with him. Ross Robinson has produced some of my favorite heavy metal records of all time. Stoupe The Enemy Of Mankind is a real dope producer I'd like to work with. Since I produce myself I have a lot of control over the soundscape of my music. I am going to produce all of my albums and I don't think I will do many more mixtapes just give tracks to DJs to put on their mixtapes. I just wanna create my art as naturally to myself as I can. Creativity and originality at the forefront of everything I do."

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Explain how you came about your "rap" name?

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"Vice", as in the things in your life that eat away at you on the inside and "Gripp" as in control with complete hold of what it is. Where it came from was a freestyle I was doing in highschool. I had just bought a cheap $25 radio shack mic that plugged into the audio port in my PC's tower. At the time I was recording at a studio with a digital 10 track recorder. So being able to record directly to my computer was exciting. I was recording the freestyle, the very first time using the mic, and I was clutching it so tight that the body of the mic cracked and I felt it. I looked at it and then without missing the beat I said "I grip a mic like a vise grip" which sounded crazy when I listened to the playback cuz I had actually cracked my mic, paused, then hit that line. I hadn't had an actual rap name at the time (I was switching it every month or so) and I looked for other "Vise Grip" rappers online and couldn't find any. So I changed the spelling to add the meaning I stated in the first part.. the Gripp balances the Vice."

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If you were already a Hip Hop legend, what advice would you give to all of these aspiring Artists?

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"Be natural. Don't rush things. Create something that is true to you and has a purpose. Don't just put words together, have a meaning behind them. Think 4 steps ahead. Life is like chess and that's how you win; by thinking of moves before you move. Do you and push what you can do. Everything can be art. A childs drawing in kindergarten that they made for their parents can be art. It's at what level you want your art to be. I try to push my levels constantly. Don't let imaginary things like "genres" define your art. Just create."

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Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? What is your goal in life?

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"In 10 years I still see myself creating dope rap music still except making a sustainable living off of it. I don't care about fame. I just don't want to work a bullshit job anymore. And that's my life goal. To be able to live my life and enjoy things and create naturally. I want to travel the whole world rocking the mic in as many different countries on as many different stages as I'm able to before this life is over. Then we can see about the next one when I get there."

 

 

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