I. Am. Grissy.
Welcome to my new place, you can leave your kicks on if ya want…
Now although they’re only three simple words, “I AM GRISSY” stands to mean a lot more and the very creation of this website was conceptualized to bring you deeper into what it means to be Grissy. These are my thoughts, jokes, opinions, critiques, reviews, ideas, blah, blah, blah. If you don’t like ‘em, suck it. Just kidding, of course…a quick Google search will tell you there’s over 20 billion indexed web pages out there (as of 2009) so go ahead and spend your time elsewhere…but if being uber-cool is something that you deem as important, then you’ve arrived at the right spot.
That said, this is the section where I’m supposed to talk about myself (which I hate doing) to provide you guys with a little insight as to what you’re getting yourselves into. Of course this section is written from the standpoint of my own self-image so I encourage you to browse around and create your own opinions.
Moving on, I guess a good place to start is to share with you the fact that I’m a dedicated hip-hop artist (I dislike the term “Rapper”) who hails from a small town known more for its burgeoning theatre culture than its urban music scene. Although better suited for an aspiring thespian, Stratford, Ont. is where I was introduced to the jazz influenced production of DJ Premier and intricate wordplay of a young Nas. That thought alone is kinda crazy, ain’t it? How Hip-Hop travelled from parks and stoops in the South Bronx to bedrooms of Smalltown, Everywhere? Crazy.
Now although I’ve been HEAVY into hip-hop culture since I was about 11 or 12, I like to consider myself as having a fairly diverse taste when it comes to musical preference. In fact, if I had to come up with a list of five artists I’d love to collaborate with, I’m not sure any of them would fit into the hip-hop genre. Hip-Hop is still my shit though and it takes up about 65-70% of my ipod.
As far as my own music is concerned, I just try to keep it real. I know the term “keeping it real” has become synonymous with certain aspects of hip-hop culture (drugs, guns, etc.) but to me, keeping it real means to showcase all sides of yourself. It’s okay (and even important) to express and focus on the lifestyle side of things, but it’s also okay to tap into the emotions that come with those experiences. Emotion is at the very base of humanity. To have feelings of fear, joy, depression, pain, pleasure, whatever it may be, is human. Those same emotions are actually the very thing that makes these experiences “real”…
Think about it: When you see a news story with a mother whose child just got abducted, you might initially feel bad for her and hope for the best…but you’ll forget about it by the next commercial break because you’re detached from the situation. There’s no emotion. It’s not real TO YOU.
Now on the flipside, if YOUR child got abducted, all of a sudden it’s real because YOU are experiencing the worry, anxiety and emotions that come with the situation. The emotion makes it real. I use my music as a way to try and tap into that emotion and that’s what I mean when I say I try to “keep it real”.
Aside from music, I also possess a fanatical passion for sports which you’ll definitely pick up on as you browse through the site. Although my main sport of choice is basketball (by a loooong shot), I’m cool with just about anything from boxing and football to baseball and hockey. My teams are the Raps, Leafs, Jays and dare I say it, the Bills. Don’t say a thing or I’ll punch you in the neck.
Aside from the two primary interests above (music and sports), I’m also a huge documentary-whore and love streaming flicks whenever I find time. Although I’ll watch just about anything, I was a Comm. Studies major so I naturally gravitate towards docs about politics, culture (and sub-cultures) and docs about how our society has come to be. Shit blows my mind. I highly recommend Century of the Self and Why We Fight but if you’re having a rocket over for dinner and are going for a more light-hearted feel, you can’t go wrong with Air Guitar Nation or King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters. Trust me.
Anyways, this is probably already waaaay too long so I’ll leave it at that. If you’re still with me up to this point and still reading, I’d like to thank (and congratulate) you for sticking it out. I know that most people are too lazy to read anything nowadays and that most people who visit this section will do a super-speed scroll to see how long it is and then click elsewhere (probably to go watch the video of Mark Sanchez wiping his booger on Mark Brunell), but that’s cool. Those aren’t the people I wrote this for.
Feel free to drop me a line at grissy[at]iamgrissy.com and I look forward to politicking with y’all…
The MurderSound Mixtape (w/ Highalearning) (2008)
The Jimmy Cliff LP (2009)
Where Grissy Happens – The Mixtape (2010)
2010 NBA Preview Series (2010)
IAMGRISSY.COM EP (2011)
N/A and Nukky Grissom – Ear Responsible (2011)
IAMGRISSY 2.0 (2012)
If At First You Don’t Succeed, Skydiving Is Not For You (2012)
Laundrymat Quarters (TBD)
Gum On The Sidewalk (TBD)