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Grizzly
Live Life
Chris Cruz (2010)
good half good good good



01. The Arguement
02. Re-Nation
03. Be Ur Friend f. Cheese
04. Love Letter
05. I Go Hard f. 90z Baby
06. It'z Wurk f. Cino & Cheese
07. She Need A Gangsta
08. Real Gangsta
09. 4 The Hood f. Lil Goobz
10. Soy Un Guerrero
11. That Love
12. Sacramento Slappz f. Young Swade
13. 68 Chevy f. Cheese
14. Choose Life f. Cheese
15. Let Them Roundz Out f. Young G & Lil Homie
16. I Walk f. Cino
17. The Truth About Gangsta Love
18. 4 My Humanz
19. Wake Up
20. Live Life


English review

During the last few years northern California homeboy rap scene has grown to extreme sizes. The number of artists who represent this genre is indeed amazing, because next to many recognizable figures like Lil Coner, Big Tone, Lil Raider, Big Oso Loc or Tito B, the market has been flooded with new norte affiliated players trying to mark their names on the map. Attentive listeners of the mentioned rap stream should already be familiar with rather newer squads like for example Evilside Records from San Jose, Bizness Men Corporation and Salineros from 831 area code, Northern Style from Santa Rosa, Recognize Entertainment from Tulare county, Deep Sleep stable from East Bay and Active Ent. from West Bay. What's interesting, I can't say that homeboy rap is fertile in Sacramento as well. I can count on one hand a couple of underground musicians from this town, yet none of them has really conquered the scene. Representatives of homeboy rap were complemented in 2010 by a Sac Town rapper Grizzly. In that time he brought his first solo project titled "Live Life", which was indeed his debut, because as far as I know the artist hasn't appeared on any other cds, even as a guest.

If it's true that the rapper hasn't yet had a chance to polish his craft and the reviewed album is his virgin material, then one could justify the incompetent usage of a microphone, in other words - a very audible music arrhythmia and overall rhyme ignorance. Unfortunately reviewer's duty cannot allow me to excuse artists' failures, disadvantages or flaws. There's no exception in Grizzly's case, who undoubtedly wasn't born to rap. Truth is he puts a lot of heart into his music, meaning you could hear him emphasizing most important lines with emotions and different tones of voice. He even had some flashes of "talent", because a few parts of his verses sound decently. Unfortunately, generally speaking you can hardly find any merit or value in his endeavors. I think that emcee's elementary problems cross out his further evaluation, because even if the lyrical message turned out to be interesting it would be served in an unacceptable way. Nonetheless I can tell you that his stories touch on street/gangsta topics as well as representing one's turf and people. Additionally Grizzly dedicated a lot of tracks to themes referring to feelings, especially love and friendship that were featured on cuts like "Be Ur Friend", "Love Letter", "She Need A Gangsta", "That Love" or "The Truth About Gangsta Love".

The hereby project was not only destroyed by the host's vocals, but also the beats - likewise delivered by himself. You could easily hear low budget revealed audible for instance due to plain sample loops or flat bass lines. There are only a few exceptions you could name melodious or catchy, because most of them lack polishing and harmony. Except for #13 - made by Essom and MoHip - all the beats were composed by Grizzly. Even the invited guests couldn't rise up album's quality and some had even ruined it more. Performances from an RnB singer by the name of Sisa who damaged a few choruses, as well as a disastrous verse by a little kid Lil Goobz. I doubt that my opinion about "Live Life" is a solitary instance, yet nevertheless if you'd like to judge it yourself feel free to get Grizzly's debut cd from CD Baby store - both in digital and hard copies. You can also visit the artist on Facebook and ReverbNation.

Props to Tony Lopez for sending out the album.

Polish review

Scena homeboy rapu w północnej Kalifornii urosła w ostatnich latach do niebotycznych rozmiarów. Liczba artystów uprawiających ten gatunek jest naprawdę zadziwiająca, ponieważ oprócz niezliczonej rzeszy rozpoznawalnych figur takich jak Lil Coner, Big Tone, Lil Raider, Big Oso Loc, Tito B i wielu innych, na rynku zaczynają promować swoją markę nowe obozy spod znaku norte. Uważni słuchacze wspomnianego nurtu powinni już zaczynać kojarzyć nieco młodsze stażem ekipy takie jak Evilside Records z San Jose, Bizness Men Corporation i Salineros z okręgu 831, Northern Style z Santa Rosa, Recognize Entertainment z hrabstwa Tulare, stajnię Deep Sleep z zachodniej części Bay, a ze wschodniej - wytwórnię Active Ent. Co ciekawe, nie mogę powiedzieć, żeby ruch nortenowski w Sacramento należał do nadzwyczaj płodnych. Na palcach jednej ręki mogę wymienić kilku podziemnych muzyków, choć żaden z nich nie zasłynął wyjątkowymi sukcesami. Do reprezentantów wspomnianego trendu dołącza w roku 2010 pochodzący z Sac-Town raper imieniem Grizzly. W owym czasie wydał swój pierwszy solowy projekt zatytułowany "Live Life", stanowiący autentyczny debiut, ponieważ - o ile mi wiadomo - poza recenzowanym krążkiem artysta nie wystąpił na żadnej innej płycie, nawet gościnnie.

Jeśli faktycznie chłopak nie szlifował wcześniej swojego fachu, a omawiana pozycja to jego dziewiczy materiał, można by usprawiedliwić jego nieumiejętne posługiwanie się mikrofonem, czyli słyszalną muzyczną arytmię i niewiedzę w kwestii operowania rymami. Niestety rzadko się zdarza, by powinność krytyka pozwalała mi tłumaczyć jakiekolwiek wpadki, wady i błędy artystów. Nie inaczej jest w przypadku Grizzly'ego, co do którego nie mam żadnych wątpliwości - facet po prostu nie jest stworzony do uprawiania sztuki rapowej. Trzeba przyznać, że przekazuje w muzyce swoje serce w postaci słyszalnych emocji - podkreśla ważniejsze fragmenty i moduluje barwę głosu. Miewa nawet przebłyski zaczątków talentu, ponieważ wybrane części zwrotek brzmią poprawnie. Niestety całościowo spoglądając na jego "kunszt", z gromnicą można by szukać zalet i muzycznych walorów. Podstawowe braki w rzemiośle przekreślają według mnie dalszą ewaluację jego postaci, bo i cóż z tego nawet jeśli liryczny przekaz okazałby się wartościowy i ciekawy, gdy został podany w niedopuszczalnej formie. Niemniej jednak wspomnę, że opowiadane przez niego historie dotykają przede wszystkim uliczno-gangsterskich motywów, a także reprezentowania swoich ziem i ludzi. Co ciekawe, Grizzly sporo miejsca poświęcił na tematykę związaną z uczuciami, a w szczególności z miłością i przyjaźnią, którym dedykował takie utwory jak "Be Ur Friend", "Love Letter", "She Need A Gangsta", "That Love" czy "The Truth About Gangsta Love".

Recenzowany projekt pogrążył nie tylko sam wokal gospodarza, ale także podkłady - również jego autorstwa. W produkcji słychać wyraźną dozę garażowości, w tym przede wszystkim minimalizm instrumentalny, czyli proste dźwięki wydobyte z syntezatorów i programów komputerowych, a także mizerne zarysowania basów. Jedynie miejscami muzykę można by nazwać melodyjną czy wkręcającą, ponieważ większej jej części brakuje polotu, pomysłu i dopracowania. Poza #13 wszystkie bity skomponował Grizzly, a wspomniany rodzynek ostał się duetowi Essom i MoHip. Nawet zaproszeni do studia goście nie poratowali jakości omawianego albumu, a niektórzy nawet dolali oliwy do ognia ułomności. Do totalnych porażek zaliczyłbym wystąpienia śpiewaczki imieniem Sisa, która kompletnie nieudolnie wykonała kilka refrenów, a także zwrotkę Lil Goobza - ledwo gadającego kilkuletniego dziecka. Wątpię, by moje negatywne zdanie na temat "Live Life" było odosobnione, niemniej jednak jeśli macie ochotę sami ocenić twórczość Grizzly'ego, zapraszam do internetowego sklepu CD Baby, gdzie możecie nabyć wersję tłoczoną lub cyfrową. Warto również odwiedzić profile artysty na Facebooku i ReverbNation.

Podziękowania dla Tony'ego Lopeza za podesłanie płyty do recki.


Written by: lethaface
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Comments (11):
By Grizzly on 15 May 2012
If this is truely how u feel about the album the itz good. I appreciate the critique. I know a couple tracks (not most) put my vocals off alignment in the mixing process. What seems questionable to me, is that you labeled me as a homeboy rapper off top and mentioned hella other people on my review. What was that? Im not a homeboy rapper and those people have nothing to do with my music. second, I've heard way worse productions/ talents reviewed that were at least complimented here and there for lil shit. I know people looking for entertainment, who play characters wont feel this as much. This is more info and truth. But really? For my humans, life, love letter? Wheres a flaw in that? Its real shit. Way to real for mainstream (real gangsta) and the review was nothing but negatives, almost as if you were trying to get people to not listen. How u gonna diss a three year old and a twelve year old? Sisa n Goobz. Thats what the hood needs. Family support and love. Not to be perfect entertainers. But to be included and heard. And I urge you (if youre not workin for someone against me) to go back and listen to those lyrics, not for entertainment, but for real, not hearing a homeboy, but a human. Listen to it right. Then review me. Cuz this one sounds like you listened to the wrong cd. Write a worse one. I donr care. But dont lable me somethin im not. Be honest and know what truth is....
By LethaFace on 11 May 2012
oh, and my mistake on Rose; I have mistaken her with the girl named Sisa; I have changed it in the review; sorry for that.
By LethaFace on 11 May 2012
First of all - this review is just my opinion on the music itself, not directed by any other reason except for the fact that I didn't feel the album. That's all.
This website had always presented our own points of view, which often differs from our readers.
I always try to back up my opinion, but I'm aware that that will be always people who won't support my statement.
This website does not claim to be the source of the righteous truth about music albums. We just give you our own opinions. No offense.
By Bart on 10 May 2012
I'm a co-owner of the website, let me address a couple of things.
1. We were not aware of Grizzly's previous performances, that's why Lethaface wrote "as far as I know".
2. "samples" was not a good word choice, he meant "simple sound loops".
3. Neither of us knows Grizzly - it is nothing personal. Plus I hardly doubt Lethaface is friend with someone who doesn't like him ;].

Maybe it's not been emphasized in the review, however the main problem with this album is the way Grizzly fails to blend with the melody. He often stays off-beat, his rhymes miss drum hits and therefore you may feel a lack of rhythm. Let me put it clear: NOT always, but often enough that it irritates me as a listener. Grizzly doesn't rap smoothly, there are simply a lot of hard edges, plenty of room for some polishing.

I do agree with Lethaface about the beats - vast majority is average at best. What is more, some of them have kind of poor mixing (or mastering, I'm not familiar with technical terms), you can hear they don't fit vocals perfectly.

I don't agree with Lethaface's reservations towards Rose's performance, I enjoyed it - it was a breath of something fresh. On the other hand I do agree that Goobz' appearance is a misunderstanding.

To summarize, I understand where Lethaface is coming from: raw, frequently off-beat flow, mixed with average rhymes and mediocre production resulted in this review.
By $tretch666 on 10 May 2012
Wait a minute leathaface....Didn't he come out in Northern Livin vol. 1 & 2 with Chivo Locs and the GQ Version wit them Enes from Utah? and second I don't agree wit yur critic rating bkuz this albums tight azz hell much luv to Grizzly.
By Nosampz on 10 May 2012
There arent even any samples on this album. What the hell r u talkin about lethaface?
By Grizzly on 10 May 2012
Http://www.reverbnation.com/therealgrizzly check out the trax for free N hear the truth!
By Grizzly on 10 May 2012
It's good Rose :) I just struck some kind of personal chord with this guy so he's trying to use his "critic" power to jab back at me. Ur awesome! :D
By Rosemarie Gibson on 10 May 2012
Oh, and also just to let you know, my own songs have had radio airplay over here, as well as tracks by my band, both of which I sing for.

Admittedly, whilst I was recording my vocals for It\'z Wurk, I had a cold, and did not happen to own the recording equipment that I own now, which meant a partially bad recording was delivered. However, I like to think that music is a little less about who can afford what material, and more about the enjoyment of it and what emotions it can express.

Oh, and just to inform you, I now have better recording equipment, and I\'d really love for a chance to work on more music with Grizzly in the future. :)


But, it still stands, people have taken very well to Grizzly\'s music over here :)
By Rosemarie Gibson on 10 May 2012
I'm not an R&B singer, I'm a rock singer. And Years of vocal training. I feel my alternative, British accent filled, style of singing actually added a little more flavour to an already good song :) Especially, since I got to write my own lyrics, eep! :D

Although, not particularly a fan of rap, I do appreciate Grizzly's talent, and I look forward to working with him again.

Though, every first album will have issues to be criticised on, I do feel you were perhaps a bit harsh, considering he's already had radio play over here, in the UK :)
By Grizzly on 10 May 2012
Hahahahaaa You must be friends with someone who doesnt like me! LoL cuz you know this iz bullsh*t. Either that or you're part of a religious/social group I called truth on! I ain't mad at you. Politic away LoL EVERBODY ELSE hit play on them trax N see how ridiculous this review is! Hahahahahaaaa! LIVE LIIIFFEEE!!!!!

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