Some of y’all might know him as Pete Rock‘s younger brother, some of y’all might not know him at all. Rapper/Producer Grap Luva doesn’t seem to mind. He contributed to classic albums like Mecca and the Soul Brother and J-live‘s The Best Part, but he’s flown under the radar for a greater part of the past decade. That is until now. Neva Done, his first solo EP, is nothing short of amazing. First, the keys creep up on you; you’re at peace. Before long your heads nodding; the carefully crafted drum-loops will put dust on your damn fingers. You’re not listening to a beat tape, you’re on a nostalgic journey through time and space. Then it hits you, this is just the first track.
Now, I won’t front. I am not too familiar with the SP 1200, but this cat seems to know a thing or two. This dude is a crate-diggin animal, there’s no doubt about that. He can spit too though. Check him going in on “Neva Done” over a Kev Brown beat:
“Work It Out” is inspired by the troubled middle school students he counsels. Someone get this guy a medal.
Hit the skip for part two of that video (Damu the Fudgemunk on the camera) and a link to cop the EP.
Purchase: Grap Luva – Neva Done