grimm's TOP HIP HOP SINGLES


Aleon Craft Aleon Craft - “Spaced Out”

“I honestly thought everyone was exaggerating the spaciness of the track...and then the alien voice came in. That's when it truly got bizarre. Besides that though, this is an enjoyable track with some unique lyrics. I agree with Z--it's possible to be weird just for the sake of being weird and attracting attention. But he seems to be lighthearted, and doesn't force it too much. And just like Theophilus London's recent work, this has me curious to see more. Give this strange little track a spin.”

grimm's Rating:                     Posted on Apr 16, 2010
Folkz Folkz - “Steal My Hair”

“It's so rare to hear an artist having fun while throwin down rhymes! It's usually about intensity, focus, and inflection, and that's great to a point. This track is pretty fresh in its laid back approach. The goofy bass line and background drums are accented by the occasional organ or horn....pretty minimalist, but it lets you focus on the goofy rhymes. Give it a go... just don't steal his hair.”

grimm's Rating:                     Posted on Apr 16, 2010
Yelawolf Yelawolf - “Ain't Goin' Out Like That”

“Did I catch a Dumb and Dumber reference?? Kudos for that. The bass line is absolutely the heart of the beat (forgive the pun), but Cypress Hill fans already know that. It sounds like an upright bass-and I'm a sucker for lines like the one in this track. Yela drops line after killer line backed up by the minimalist beat, and I was nodding my head to it. I can't wait to here more. Fans of ole school stuff are gonna dig this, and this track might just convert some newcomers. Give it a go. And congratulations to Yelawolf! That's great news.”

grimm's Rating:                     Posted on Apr 16, 2010
Airplanes Promo Photo B.o.B - “Airplanes”

“When I saw the name Hayley Williams, I was cautious. I've heard some of Paramore's stuff (courtesy of my roommate), and it wasn't bad, but I didn't think it could fit in a track with B.o.B. Sure enough, I was put off by Hayley's voice which hits you in the face at the very beginning. But then...I couldn't stop listening to it! The pop production values transform seamlessly into a solid, drum backed beat for Bobby to work with. He gives it his all, dropping some great rhymes. Also, he gives Hayley a chance to shine, and her youthful, yet somewhat somber voice that just sticks with you. We have a couple of shooting stars right here. Definitely check this one out.”

grimm's Rating:                     Posted on Apr 15, 2010
Jesse Scott
Jesse Scott - “Hey You”

“This isn't one for the club. It's really easygoing and laid back. The guitar-based beat isn't something that's seen too often, so it was kind of refreshing. They're not overbearing once the bass kicks in though, so country music haters need not fear. The lyrics are pretty amusing, and I like his laid back confidence. I chuckled a couple of times, and the lines are well delivered. I'll admit I played it on repeat for long while. It's great, relaxing background music, but I know that some aren't looking for background music, so keep that in mind if you're looking for keepers. Definitely check it out.”

grimm's Rating:                     Posted on Apr 15, 2010
Wiz Khalifa Wiz Khalifa - “Glass House”

“This track's all the sick bassline that forms the backbone of the beat. Kudos for using what sounds like an actual bass guitar to deliver a smooth, funky bass tone. The minimalist synth strings in the background do add some spaciness and depth, but they only serve to complement the vocals and tie up the track nicely. Speaking of the vocals, I only noticed them when the bass was temporarily offed. The hook is pretty catchy, and the rhymes are dropped skillfully, but the beat is killer. But seriously, that bassline is funky. Check it out immediately.”

grimm's Rating:                     Posted on Apr 15, 2010
Curren$y Curren$y - “Glass House”

“This track's all the sick bassline that forms the backbone of the beat. Kudos for using what sounds like an actual bass guitar to deliver a smooth, funky bass tone. The minimalist synth strings in the background do add some spaciness and depth, but they only serve to complement the vocals and tie up the track nicely. Speaking of the vocals, I only noticed them when the bass was temporarily offed. The hook is pretty catchy, and the rhymes are dropped skillfully, but the beat is killer. But seriously, that bassline is funky. Check it out immediately.”

grimm's Rating:                     Posted on Apr 15, 2010
Big K.R.I.T Big K.R.I.T - “Glass House”

“This track's all the sick bassline that forms the backbone of the beat. Kudos for using what sounds like an actual bass guitar to deliver a smooth, funky bass tone. The minimalist synth strings in the background do add some spaciness and depth, but they only serve to complement the vocals and tie up the track nicely. Speaking of the vocals, I only noticed them when the bass was temporarily offed. The hook is pretty catchy, and the rhymes are dropped skillfully, but the beat is killer. But seriously, that bassline is funky. Check it out immediately.”

grimm's Rating:                     Posted on Apr 15, 2010
Shane Eli Shane Eli - “Grey Area”

“I'm a big fan of simple production. The slow piano that permeates this song defines the mood as one that strays from boasting and spitting venom, and the strings in the background work well with the piano and are smartly utilized to raise the energy a bit at key points and add depth to the track. The lyrics speak to the downtrodden and neglected. We've all been there, and Shane knows it. Earnest rhymes and , again, minimal vocal production make it a simple, catchy tune with a great message thrown in for good measure. Definitely give it a listen, and keep an eye out for Shane in the future.”

grimm's Rating:                     Posted on Apr 15, 2010
Eminem Eminem - “Beautiful”

“I honestly didn't think anything would ever match the emotional response that I got from tunes like Stan, but I was blown away from the first few moments of the song. The sample from Reaching Out is very appropriate, and the slow but deliberate beat delivers an open platform for Em to work his magic with the lyrics. We don't get too much revelation here about himself. The lyrics are a bit more open-ended that songs like Deja Vu which dive into the head of an addict. What we do get is a trip into the life of someone who's faced hardships, put on different faces, and lived with a desire to be among the normal people. However, it seems that he realizes he can't be like everyone else, so he uses his soapbox to inspired confidence in those that have been put down, offended, and abandoned. This is an excellent track, and my favorite after Deja Vu. Do not hesitate to give it a listen.”

grimm's Rating:                     Posted on Apr 15, 2010
Ludacris Ludacris - “Sexting”

“This was hilarious! I'm so glad he kept the phone sound effects to a minimum. And scared, panicky Ludacris was a bit of a surprise, but he still manages to turn his panic into an excuse to get some. Classic.”

grimm's Rating:                     Posted on Apr 14, 2010
Nothing on You Promo Photo B.o.B - “Nothing on You”

“Bruno Mars, you really know how to get the ladies moving. Some great rhymes accompany, but it's definitely Bruno's show here. Great, light-hearted beat. It's one of those you sing along to in the shower while nobody's listening. Check it out.”

grimm's Rating:                     Posted on Apr 14, 2010
Nothing on You Promo Photo Bruno Mars - “Nothing on You”

“Bruno Mars, you really know how to get the ladies moving. Some great rhymes accompany, but it's definitely Bruno's show here. Great, light-hearted beat. It's one of those you sing along to in the shower while nobody's listening. Check it out.”

grimm's Rating:                     Posted on Apr 14, 2010
That Tree Promo Photo Snoop Dogg - “That Tree”

“The first thing I thought was that someone found a bunch of empty PVC plastic pipes and made a xylophone out of them to create a beat. It's a little annoying at first, so minus one for that. I like the hook, but that's as close as Cudi should ever get to singing. Any more and it would have been unbearable. Ans as always, mad props to Snoop. Maybe a bit more forceful than his usual delivery, but I like it. Check it out if you're a Snoop or Cudi fan.”

grimm's Rating:                     Posted on Apr 14, 2010
That Tree Promo Photo Kid CuDi - “That Tree”

“The first thing I thought was that someone found a bunch of empty PVC plastic pipes and made a xylophone out of them to create a beat. It's a little annoying at first, so minus one for that. I like the hook, but that's as close as Cudi should ever get to singing. Any more and it would have been unbearable. Ans as always, mad props to Snoop. Maybe a bit more forceful than his usual delivery, but I like it. Check it out if you're a Snoop or Cudi fan.”

grimm's Rating:                     Posted on Apr 14, 2010

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