Following the release of his fifth studio album Running Wild on Rhymesayers Entertainment, Seattle rapper/producer Grieves shares his “A-Okay” video (watch below). Through a series of vibrant visuals directed by Ryan Gross aka Pants, the video explores a series of carefree situations through the eyes of a stereotypical Debbie Downer. Grieves comments, “Life is way too short to be mad at other people’s enjoyment. Go out and live a little, rent a hot tub boat, get your butt touched, whatever…Just smile!”
Running Wild is a 15-track collection recorded in Seattle and Stockholm alongside Swedish producer Chords (Jens Eric Resch Thomason). Featuring guest appearances from Fearce Vill, Romaro Franceswa, Paris Alexa, and Davey Jones, the album features elements one might expect to find on a classic soul record, such as rich guitar tones and humming organs, mixed with modern and experimental components. The record balances Grieves’ dueling impulses to have a good time while staying true to himself. It’s a kind of openness – both sonically and thematically – that Laub attributes to how and where the record was made.
Grieves will kick off his European tour on February 1st, hitting cities such as London, Paris, and Berlin. See below for a full date listing + tickets are available here.
Grieves Tour Dates:
2/1: Paris, France @ Point Emphere
2/2: Borlange, SE @ Broken Dreams
2/3: Helsinki, Finland @ Semifinal
2/6: Cologne, Germany @ Yuca
2/7: Munich, Germany @ Ampere
2/8: Berlin, Germany @ Badehaus
2/9: Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow (Sky Bar)
2/14: Basel, Switzerland @ Sommercasino
2/15: Winterthur, Switzerland @ Albani
2/16: Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
2/17: London, UK @ Birthdays