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(2)Deep: MF Grimm (A True & Tested Real G)

blame it on JES7 August 7, 2011

In an age where the internet is heavily used as a cloak of anonymity, damn near any up-and-coming rapper can lay claim to being a street hustler who moves so much weight, they gotta use the scales that they weigh the whales with. Anyone can be a “true G.” In my eyes, a real G is one who can turn a negative upbringing and lifestyle into something more constructive and manifest positive out of negative. Protons vs. electrons. Protons always win. Enter Percy Carey, better known now as Grand Master MF Grimm (the MF stands for Mad Flows) whose life story is just as intriguing and humbling as ‘Pac’s. As a child, Percy was neighbors with Morgan Freeman who actually helped Percy get cast as an actor on Sesame Street which lasted for a few years. I won’t go into too much detail about his life, as I’m sure you’d rather hear it straight from the man himself (which you can down bottom in his interview with NPR), however, I’ll give y’all a few more trivial facts for those who are not familiar.

Percy, who was already a seasoned veteran on the battle circuit, had recorded a few songs, including So Whatcha Want as well as having a guest verse on the remix to KMD’s What a Niggy Know (off Bl_ck B_st_rds which would not see the light of day until 2001). Percy, like most up-and-coming artists from the hood, was trying to balance out the artist and street lives, with the latter eventually catching up to him in 1994, when he was shot seven times in a murder attempt. Percy lost his hearing, vision and was paralyzed from the waist down, left in a coma, while his brother was unfortunately killed in the incident. After awaking from his coma, Percy immediately took pen to a pad and wrote the somber Scars & Memories, an open letter to his brother J Black. He eventually regained his vision and hearing, but was left as a prisoner to a wheelchair which he uses til this day. Fast forward to 2000, Percy was sentenced to life imprisonment for some hefty narcotics charges, which he eventually beat by studying law books in the prison’s library, reducing his sentence to three years. With the multiple “rude awakenings” Percy witnessed, he eventually decided to turn his life around, focusing on music and educating the youth, steering them on the righteous path. He even penned a deal with DC Comics’ offshoot imprint, Vertigo and wrote about his life story in a comic book autobiography titled Sentences: The Life Of MF Grimm which comes highly recommended (pick it up here). But enough at my attempt of trying to retell his story, let’s focus on his incredible musical discography, shall we? Below you will find a compilation of what I think to be some of his best work, with some incredible contributions by the homie DJ Eclipse.

MF Grimm NPR Interview

MF Grimm – Scars & Memories (prod. Rob Swift)

MF Grimm – Emotions f. B-1 (prod. Dr. Butcher)

MF Grimm – Get Down (prod. Dr. Butcher)

DJ Eclipse’s Picks
01. Do It For the Kids
02. Emotions f. B-1
03. Get Down f. DJ Ekim
04. Stretch & Bobbito Freestyle (03-11-93)
05. Stretch & Bobbito Freestyle w/ Mr. Cee (03-11-93)
06. So Whatcha Want
07. Kool G Rap – Take ‘Em to War f. MF Grimm & B-1
08. The Gingerbread Man
09. KMD – What a Niggy Know (rmx) f. MF Grimm

Justice’s Picks
01. AIDS f. Kool G Rap, Akinyele & CJ Moore
02. Bloody Love Letter
03. Crumb Snatchers
04. Kings of New York
05. Kool G Rap – Money On My Brain f. MF Grimm & B-1
06. Scars & Memories
07. The Original

DOWNLOAD: (2)Deep: MF Grimm (A True & Tested Real G)

  • 123ADC

    damn near any up-and-coming rapper can lay claim to being a street hustler who moves so much weight….


    Rick Ross Hustling – Hustlin (2006)

    We never steal cars, but we deal hard
    Whip it real hard whip it whip it real hard
    I caught a charge, I caught a charge – – – – – – – – FIRST ARREST 2008
    Whip it real hard, whip it whip it real hard

    I know Pablo, Noriega, the real Noriega
    He owe me a hundred favors

    AllHipHop.com: What did you mean when you said “Noriega owes me favors”?

    “I don’t know Noriega personally, but I know n***as who have met Noriega.”

  • hardy

    Does Rick Ross really want the people to believe he’s a real G? I dont think so.

  • A Grimm post with no mention of DOOM, impressive. I read the graphic novel a couple of years ago, and you could tell that he was on some real shit. You look at them dudes who get hit with big numbers and it would never be who you expect. Gucci and Nore both killed people and they just took little hiatuses, John Forte got 14 years for moving weight. Just goes to show you never know who’s real

  • Pops

    “a real G is one who can turn a negative upbringing and lifestyle a full 360° and manifest positive out of negative.”

    If you turn something negative a full 360, you end up right where you started.

  • “If you turn something negative a full 360, you end up right where you started.”

    Hahahaha I had to laugh at that one.

  • Stop it 5. You know what I meant….

  • bonerBill

    180… duh!!!

  • The homie told me that MF Grimm ghost wrote for the chronic!

  • doc rovers

    hahah didnt jason kidd say that 360 thing once

  • BillyOcean

    Damn, JES, youre lucky you post some good music sometimes, because you say the dumbest fucking shit. Protons vs electrons? Protons always win? You are truly a stupid ass motherfucker.

  • I was wondering about the reason for this post. I was afraid he passed. I got onto Grimm after listening to DOOM

  • doc rovers

    how many times has wayne referenced “lifes a bitch” or “karmas a bitch”? cant even keep track

  • Edward Penishands

    You know why they call it the Xbox 360? Because when you see it you turn 360 degrees and walk away.

  • @Billy

    Theoretically, if you were to collide a proton with an electron, the proton will pretty much remain in it’s original place due to it’s mass, while the electron will bounce back from it’s original state. “Theoretically,” because electrons are difficult to locate due to them traveling at damn near the speed of light (186,000 m/s). I’m no professor, however I study a lot so I know what I’m speaking on. Stop taking everything at face value.

  • Tone Riggz

    I copped his graphic novel when it came out, interesting book…i didn’t know he had all of that drama in his life…and the subtle shots at Doom in the book were hilarious

  • grimyteddy

    Grimm said in the interview he got shot multiple times and ‘looked like a dalmation’ – this soft spoken nigga is the truth. Thats fucking horrible to wake and realize your brother is dead.

  • Madvillian

    it’s about time GRIMM got some shine on 2DBZ, he’s a true living legend and inspiration. JES you should have mentioned how he recorderd “The DOwnfall of Ibyliss” in a 24 hour period the day before he went to jail, amazing album.

  • stockton

    good little compilation there, but it’s missing the track “bottle rocket”

  • Cult Assassin

    You only live twice was the most slept on album of 2010.

  • JacksonC

    MF Grimm is so underrated. I own most of his LPs on CD & Vinyl and boy, Scars & Memories is one of the best albums. Raw lyrics, raw beats, crazy shit

  • since we’re gunna nit pick:

    “Protons vs. electrons. Protons always win.”

    ^^^^theyre not against each other so theres no winning… in fact they work together to form an atom =D

  • morgan freeman

    when being real goes wrong.

    “ever since i was a child people liked the sound of my voice.”
    -morgan freeman.



    JES you a smart dumb nigga!

  • SPank (Divided Souls Ent)

    Nice post! It’s good to see you bring the positive aspects to this Hip Hop game that needs info seen through a different lens. Thanks, man, and keep up the great work. Peace and GOD BLESS

  • charra

    happy to see grimm getting some light, too many folks sleep on him.

  • LEX

    My favorite MF Grimm song of all time is Landslide (DJ Eli’s remix). I think I’ma check that book out. Good lookin.

  • Scars & Memories>>>>>>>
    Downfall of Ibliys>>>>>>>
    American Hunger>>>>>>

    He deserves praise especially in light of his past.

    *what happened between him and DOOM? Doomsday wasn’t bad

  • Justice…the zip is missing DJ Eclipse’s 9th track :(

  • no it isn’t….my bad :/ as always, I appreciate the knowledge you drop

  • I first heard about Grimm and that lead me to doom in like 2001 mad late and i am from the same hood in manhattan on the upper west side just like kurious and mike g are from