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88 Keys & Counting


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In 2003, Benjamin Laub (Grieves) found himself alone and in a new city. Benjamin secluded himself in his Seattle apartment where the only furniture was his bed, a TV, and an MPC 2000XL. Benjamin spent most of his time creating beats and writing songs as he reached out to other artists in the Northwest music scene. As he honed his craft, Grieves found opportunities to perform in small clubs ... Read more in Amazon's Grieves Store

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  • Audio CD (March 2, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhymesayers
  • ASIN: B0033XKVBO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,158 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Catapults
3. Kings
4. October In the Graveyard
5. Dead In the Water
6. Life In the Hive
7. Gwenevieve
8. Identity Cards (feat. Luckyiam)
9. Nature vs Nurture
10. Lockdown
11. Learning How to Fall
12. The March
13. Greedy B*tch
14. Cloud Man
15. Exiting the Hive

Editorial Reviews

Grieves and producer Budo give you fifteen songs of sample-free, melody-driven, analog warmth. Showcasing Grieves' timeless song writing abilities, this record is a unique synthesis of live instrumentation and vintage textures that transcend genre boundaries. With themes of pain, humor, and emotional turmoil, all illustrated in Grieves' wry style, 88 Keys and Counting provides the portrait of an artist with nearly limitless potential. While self-released in 2008 and mainly a digital release, Rhymesayers will re-issue the album in anticipation of Grieves' 2010 release.

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The download was quick and the album is sick.
Robin D. Mooers
The production on the album is top-notch and goes perfectly with Grieves's style.
Rodney
This album had some really good songs as well as some okay ones.
Mkayy

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rodney on March 2, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Grieves has always been a lyrical mastermind and now that he is signed at Rhymesayers Entertainment he is getting the credit that he deserves. This album consists of lyrics that will change your life as well as things that sound so good they get stuck in your head for days. The production on the album is top-notch and goes perfectly with Grieves's style. I strongly encourage everyone to purchase this album and support independent hip-hop!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E-RokSteadY on February 18, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Grieves & Budo's 88 Keys and Counting is an album worth owning. It is an album I continuously go back to in my collection. Grieves mixes a witty, intelligent flow mixed with sing song choruses. His voice procures has a subtle, comforting and warm timbre while still ripping up each and every 16 bar frame with profound lyrical ability and classic Emcee skill you expect and need from good, quality Hip Hop. I mean, their are signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment.- C'mon.
The Instrumentals on 88 Keys provide a sometimes somber landscape, and enable you to feel both artist's emotion as they take you on strange yet familiar journey through one of Hip Hops soon to be classic records. When I first heard the album, it made me feel like a I had finally heard something I was yearning for in Hip Hop. Growing so tired of the same material, this album was refreshing and I now crave constantly for new material from this duo.
The sound on this album is very well polished. The mixing is unique and the two of them have really begun to gather and mold a sound of their own. This is due to the engineering as well as Budo's method of production. He uses a lot of analog gear and instruments, as well as playing the trumpet himself we hear on the album. This to me means everything. I have a Bachelors Degree in Audio and Music Production, and recognize and appreciate and good producer. I also have been playing Saxophone for 8 years, guitar, drums, and piano, and I produce and write my own Hip Hop. I know good Hip Hop when I hear it.
Personal highlights on the album are "Catapults", "Kings", "October In The Graveyard", "Greedy Bitch", "Dead In The Water", and "Lockdown", but like I said, the entire album is great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin D. Mooers on July 5, 2011
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The download was quick and the album is sick. Amazon mp3 is a great way to get digital tunes!
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By Mkayy on March 5, 2014
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This album had some really good songs as well as some okay ones. Overall it is not bad, worthy of purchasing.
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