Brothers Grim [Profile]
Edmonton, AB – The Brothers Grim actually seem pretty upbeat, what with all their new releases, their community involvement and the love they have for their city. They have a varied fan base and a lot to say, so we thought they’d be a great addition to our Prolific Profile series. Check out Komrade and Pat Grim after the jump.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
Pat Grim (PG): Hip-hop is a culture and lifestyle that can have many different genres and sounds. I feel I fit into a very unique style of Canadian hip-hop
Komrade (Kom): Hip-hop is a culture, a way of thinking, and I identify and fit into it through the music element.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
PG: Putting out great sounding music
Kom: I have sunk thousands into music already. You quickly loose your grand delusions of Bentleys, bitches and billions. That’s when you begin to make music for the sake of making music. For the artistry of it. To make music that impacts the culture, not just takes from it.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
PG: 118 Beverly Northeast Edmonton.
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
PG: Growing up in a tougher neighborhood definitely kept me on my toes, but my parents would stress knowledge and education. So balancing both energies from peers and good parents I feel it has shaped the influence of my music.
Kom: I have a line on my new project that says survived the hood the only way I knew and that’s the honor roll. As a child I gravitated to academics and that is reflected in my lyrics. Growing up listening to all kinds of hip-hop allowed us to experiment with a lot of different production styles also.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
PG: I have all sorts of fans from athletes, musicians, stoners, beautiful women, your neighbourhood street hustler, juggalos and more. I have had wide variety of people who support what I’m doing.
Kom: Brothers Grim has hardcore fans, friends and homies who have been with us since day one. We have international fans we have met online. Co-workers. Grandmas. High-school kids. There is over 3000 people on our fan page on Facebook. Look through the demographics. A mix of all types of people.
HipHopCanada: What tips would you give young artists coming up, or what do you wish someone would
have told you when you first started out in the hip-hop industry?
PG: Do not worry about what other artists are doing in your city unless you both cross paths with business and stay sober from alcohol.
Kom: The advice I wish I woulda took from my boy Gooz when I first started. Solidify yourself as an artist before you try and become a mogul and run a record label or a crew. Learn the basics before you give yourself that CEO title on Facebook.
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
Kom: We have love for our community and are always looking to give back. We have done a lot of charity shows for a variety of causes. We are the founders of the hip-hop on the Avenue show which is in its fifth year. It’s an All Ages show which collects toys for the Santas Anonymous charity. I have served on my cities Youth Council advising the Edmonton City Council and we have performed for our Mayor at a homeless awareness event. We love the 118 Avenue and our city.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
PG: Growing up like a lot of Canadians who like hip-hop, I remember first hearing of swollen members on the much music countdown. Never did I think years later would I have done a couple shows with them. Going out to BC for the first time last year and linking up with the Scalebreakers was big too, but last May we got the chance to do the Techn9ne show in Edmonton and the energy of the crowd while I was performing and watching Techs set after was something I’ll never forget.
Kom: On the recording level I enjoyed the track we got in with Evil Ebenezer called “Fiending” that’s dropping on my album. Evil is a super talented and the track came out darker than I thought with the hook he laid down on it. I’m also stoked about Elroy a producer I’m working with out of the Netherlands. He’s produced the tracks Metal to Rust, Russian Guitar and Pod People. All tracks I did videos for. He production is just something I click with so well.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
PG: I would love to collab with Drake and Madchild to make something very unique.
Kom: Madchild would be crazy. Snak The Ripper would be dope. The Anti-Heroes are another group I really dig. Fortunato from Angerville is sick also.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
PG: I have a new EP called Growing Up out now. Produced entirely by Kaz Mega. In the future we will be working on a new Brothers Grim album and I’m doing a mix-tape with Pillzbury.
Kom: Fallen Empire is my first solo album that’s out now. It’s an album I’m proud about. Underground shit. Lot of my Canadian favorites on it including Merkules, Shallow Pockets, Evil Ebenezer and a lot of tracks with my brother.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
PG: Thank-you for the interview make sure to keep in touch with updates on the Brothers Grim Facebook page.
Kom: Support independent hip-hop! Check us out and stay connected. Much love to HHC for the interview.
For more Brothers Grim check out FutureIsGrim.com