Posted by Todd Hamm
Without ever releasing an album, Seattle's Spaceman has built enough momentum to work with some of the northwest's biggest names, and help shape one of the most promising young record labels in town. If you are yet unfamiliar with "Sportn' Life's sex symbol", allow him to take a moment and introduce himself:
The Greetings Earthlings mixtape is the first ever offering from Space, and fans will be happy to know that it's packed with all the exuberant punch line raps they've grown to love from his energetic live performances. His style on the 'tape jumps from his roaring Ludacris delivery that fuels pump-up tracks like "Fly Dena Muf*ka" and the Jake One produced "This is That Fire," to his sensitive side on "Lust 4 Life" and a reprise of Drake's "Fear Me." All in all there is good variety on GE and quality songwriting that I can't wait to be focused into a formal LP, so my formal recommendation is that you get on board early in the game and check out this mixtape...did I mention it's free?
Posted by Todd Hamm
Seattle's Grynch begins many of his sets by announcing his standing as "a nice guy" to the crowd; a comforting sentiment for many of today's more pensive show-goers, and as a personal friend of the artist, one I happen subscribe to. In fact, in the 10+ years that I've had the privilege of knowing the gentleman, his 'nice guy' demeanor has rarely wavered, even during such trying instances as being stuffed into the overhead compartment of a Grayhound bus on a middle school jazz band trip (which I have since apologized for), or taking jabs from the local press about the primarily rap-centric nature of his rhymes (which I have seemed to avoid to this point). Hence, The Rapping About Rapping Mixtape, a light-hearted response to such criticisms by title, and a serious collection of his recent rap adventures by nature.
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Grynch spreads a mix of intentionally ironic rap-raps and unreleased rarities across fourteen of the RAR 'tape's twenty tracks, the remainder being jocular interludes and audio drops from the likes of Prometheus Brown (Geologic of Blue Scholars), JakeOne, Macklemore, Kyle Lucas and west coast legend Warren G. The MC plays to his strengths on tracks like "The Life I Chose", a chorus-less intro (produced by Sabzi of Blue Scholars) where he lets the listener into the world he exists in: "I'm just scratchin' the surface/just givin' you a peek behind the tracks that you purchased." An extended version of "You're On" from P Smoov's Face Scrunchers EP is another definite highlight, and the "Showtime" remix with Illa J is Grynch at his storytelling best (the J Dilla beat doesn't hurt the track's cause either). The bottom line is: while there may be a few filler songs or verses to be found on the mixtape, it serves well to close this obligatory chapter in his career in light-hearted fashion, and provides more than a couple of gems along the way.