Brothers Grim – MFTW [Review]
Edmonton, AB – Edmonton rap-duo, Brothers Grim, have become a voice in our city with their socially conscious views, their love for the 780 and their passion and pride [as members of] the Battleaxe Warriors. After a two-year hiatus from releasing any projects; real-life brothers Komrade and Pat Grim recently dropped MFTW (Mother F*ck The World), an 18-track mixtape that will lead into an upcoming album set to be released in 2015.
This mixtape is full of raw, gritty, slap-you-in-your-face raps. I’ll admit that I did judge prematurely; “angry rap, I hate everybody rap” was what originally went through my head. But behind all of the angst – these two have a lot to say that a lot of rappers in this city wouldn’t. I dig that they mixed up the vibe of the project with tracks that aren’t as hard such as “Hey Jude” or “She Tell Me,” which gives balance.
However don’t be mistaken, MFTW ain’t soft. This is kind of rap you listen to when you need to channel your energy into something that’s real and rugged. The production (recorded and mixed by Nato) knocks heavy with raw beats in tracks like “So Dope Remix” and “Lay You to Rest.” (Side note: the Ferguson / Darren Wilson Indictment was announced while I was in the process of reviewing the album. MFTW was like therapy for me).
Brothers Grim’s loyalty to supporting local / Canadian hip-hop exudes with a plethora of features including; Philip Solo, Koncept Tha Truth, Billy Blackout, Merkules and more. MFTW is a representation on the duo’s view on community; with countless references to Edmonton and keeping underground hip-hop alive in the city. One track I especially enjoyed was “Ave Life” which is an ode to the 118 – the neighborhood where Komrade and Pat grew up.
MFTW is no-holds barred, and in natural Brothers Grim mentality, they tell it like it is with no regret. This project in it’s entirety proves why Brothers Grim have become such a significant voice for Edmonton underground hip-hop. Don’t believe me? Stream and download MFTW on Bandcamp and peep the video for the [Young Aspect-produced] title-single below.
Written by Rosa Jason for HipHopCanada