Today Picked Up Vinyl........
🎼Too Poetic Of Gravediggaz
Droppin' Signal EP
© 2016 Chopped Herring Records UK
The previously unreleased Tommy Boy album material, by Gravediggaz' MC, Grym Reaper aka Too Poetic aka Anthony Berkley R.I.P. Massive props go out out to Dee, his widow and Shabazz the Disciple. Too Poetic was a LEGENDARY yet unsung Hip Hop artist. A poet, a visionary and one of the greatests talents to represent the artform. Sadly, Anthony Berkley passed away in 2001. Here is a selection of joints from that shelved album from 1989, transferred from the original ADAT's.
Anthony Ian Berkeley (November 15, 1964 – July 15, 2001) better known as Too Poetic, was a Trinidadian-born American rapper and producer. He was also a founding member of the hip-hop group Gravediggaz, for which he used the alias Grym Reaper.
The eldest son of a minister, Poetic was born in Trinidad and raised in the town of Wyandanch on Long Island, New York. After forming his first hip-hop group, Brothers Grym, with younger siblings Brainstorm and E Sharp in 1989, Sharp handled some of the production duties, while Poetic and Brainstorm provided vocals. The group created a buzz for itself in the underground with its first official demo, which included notable cuts such as “Circle-Circle-Dot-Dot” and “GRYMnastics.” Just when the group was close to landing a record deal, Brainstorm surprisingly decided to quit hip hop altogether and forced Too Poetic to pursue a solo career and released a solo 12-inch single, Poetical Terror/God Made Me Funky, in 1989 on Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records. However, his deal with Tommy Boy fell through before the release of his first album, and Too Poetic fell on hard times, which included a period of homelessness.
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