New Video: Watch Renowned Seattle-based Emcee Grieves Entertain in Purgatory in New Visuals for “What It Dew”

Benjamin Laub is a Chicago, IL-born, Seattle, WA-based emcee, by way of New York, Colorado and San Diego, CA, who’s best known by his stage name Grieves, and interestingly enough, Laub has released four full-length albums — 2007’s independently released album Irreversible, 2010’s Budo-produced 88 Keys & Counting, 2011’s Budo-produced Together/Apart, which debuted at #112 on the Billboard Top 200, and 2014’s Winter & the Wolves, which debuted at #57 on the Billboard Top 200.

Grieves’ fifth full-length album the Chords-produced Running Wild is slated for release Friday through renowned hip-hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment, the label home of JOVM mainstay Atmosphere and others, and the album’s latest single “What It Dew” finds the critically and commercially successful emcee employing a complex rhyme scheme and some mischievously witty punch lines as he discusses succeeding against all odds and despite haters and naysayers over a swaggering and soulful production consisting of electric guitar, boom bap beats, brief bursts of organ and swirling electronics. But underneath the swaggering and slick production and witty punchlines is a honest devotion to pure hip hop — while pushing the boundaries of what hip-hop should sound like, look like and talk about.

The recently released video was directed by HELICAL, the collaboration between Carlos Cruz and Thai M. Tran, the video pokes fun at the song’s more serious subject matter, as it features Grieves trapped in purgatory, and forced to entertain a shitty dive bar in perpetuity, where the regular patrons are the living embodiments of the seven deadly sins. The video ends with Grieves eventually making the best of a horrible situation, by finding something good about it. As the Seattle-based emcee explains of the video treatment “Not everything is a crisis. Some things are simple and easy. Feel good and let go with this one!”

To celebrate the release of his new album, Grieves will host a Reddit /r/hiphopheads AMA on Friday at 1pm. But along with that the Seattle-based emcee will be embarking on a lengthy North American tour, which includes a September 23, 2017 stop at The Knitting Factory. Check out the rest of the tour dates below.

 

TOUR DATES
8.31 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre*
9.01 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s*
9.02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour*
9.03 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah*
9.04 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room*
9.05 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress*
9.06 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red*
9.08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue*
9.09 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater*
9.10 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater*
9.11 – Durango, CO @ Animas City Theatre*
9.12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad*
9.13 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls*
9.14 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s*
9.15 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada*
9.16 – Houston, TX @ HOB Bronze Peacock*
9.18 – New Orleans, LA @ Parish at HOB*
9.19 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Purgatory Stage)*
9.20 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade*
9.21 – Washington, DC @ DC9*
9.22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle*
9.23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory*
9.25 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*
9.26 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa*
9.27 – Toronto, ON @ The Velvet Underground*
9.28 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig*
9.29 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern*
9.30 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club*
10.02 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium*
10.04 – Billings, MT @ The Pub Station*
10.05 – Bozeman, MT @ Zebra Cocktail Lounge*
10.06 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett*
10.07 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett*
11.03 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile**
11.08 – Boise, ID @ The Reef**
11.09 – Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s**
11.10 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium**
11.11 – Petaluma, CA @ Mystic Theater**
11.12 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers**
11.14 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones**
11.15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar**
11.16 – Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room**
11.20 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room**
11.21 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird**
11.22 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi**
11.24 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue**
11.25 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Icon Event Hall & Lounge**
*support by deM atlaS
**support by ProbCause