Grindin Muzik is OUT NOW!!!

Greetings and Happy New Year blog readers and literary affectionado’s. It's been a few months and I’m back with a story to tell.

As much as I would like to entertain you with tales of massive alcohol and pharmaceutical consumption in the spirit of New Years, I have none to share. My New Years was fairly mundane. I worked from noon till late chasing that paper cuz "Grindin Muzik" is HERE! It arrived in Europe yesterday morning so digital and physical outlets will be adding to there inventory list and it will be available for purchase in a few weeks. If you need immediate musical gratification, you can order it from my website <a href="http://www.tygervinum.com" target="_blank">www.tygervinum.com</a> and the CD will be in your hands in 5 working days or less (if you’re in Europe) and 10 – 12 working days if you’re in the U.S..

The album features collaborations with Sean Price, Ruste Juxx, Kool G. Rap, and a few others. It has production from Oakland (D.Labrie) to Amsterdam (Sliscobarss, DJ Nemo, Burgs, and DJ Illskillz) so the album is packed with diverse mix of beats. The reason I titled this project "Grindin Muzik" is cuz this is muzik that you listen to when you’re willing to suffer to acquire the things you desire. Whether you’re hustling on the block, sweating it out in the gym, or working that nine to five getting minimum wage. No matter what your occupation, we’re all part of the same situation. The term “grindin” is common street slang meaning “to sell something” either product (narcotics, CD’s, books, burgers, etc.) or labor (bodyguard, prostitute, limo driver, freelance designer, etc.). Most people only associate the term grinding with selling pharmaceuticals, but its really for anyone chasing paper.

The release party was held November 4th, 2009 in the Sugar Factory in Amsterdam. It was called "Triple Threat" and featured performances from myself, Gekke C and Urban, two other MC’s who also released projects. You can see the flyer on my page, go take a peek if you haven’t already. The party was dope. We had a nice-sized crowd and each artist in my humble opinion gave a damn good show. All our styles are different so we attracted an eclectic group of listeners. Urban’s album is titled “Out the magician’s hat,” cuz magician’s pull anything from rabbits to fish bowls out of their hats to amaze and astonish. Urban did that with his music. Gekke C titled his album “Stories from the Village Nut.” He brought humorous tales acted out with his theater group of 7 or 8 people. Me, I did it old skool, Eric B. and Rakim style, Kool G. Rap and DJ Polo style, Run DMC and Jam Master Jay style, you feel me! Just a MC, a hype man and a DJ. I was the MC, Funky Fresh was the hype man, and Illskillz was the DJ. It was 1am when we hit the stage and I was the final act so we got BUSY! I spit six tracks off the album flawlessly and even though I didn’t get off stage until after 2am the crowd was hyped. The night wasn't a complete success cuz a fight broke out in the smoking room. Some drunk couldn’t handle his liquor and kept getting up in everybody's face. It annoyed me cuz that situation is the Hip-Hop stereotype that the media is always using as fuel to ban our music. It's a false perception. Numerous tours like the "Hard Knock Life", "Up In Smoke" and "Chronic" proved that international tours comprised of only Hip-Hop acts could occur without incident. Aside from that, the party was a success and the next one will me even better.

I leave for Midem January 22nd. Now that the album is here all my energy is focused on proper promotion and marketing. In the past the Midem conference used to generate opportunities for independent catz to network with a lot of industry people they wouldn’t normally have access to. The last two Midems have shown a gradual decline supporting independent and some established Hip-Hop acts. Most of the seminars and workshops became Rock and Dance music oriented. I’m hoping this year will be a return to the former days or there will at least be more indie labels attending.

Aside from the music I’ve been trying to stay ahead of the game. Life has been difficult so I’ve had to make adjustments to deal with the degree of difficulty. There’s a question that I’ve been getting almost on the daily now that annoys the hell out of me cuz it shows the limitations of other peoples perception. When I meet people on the street who have checked out the website or seen some of my videos they say “you have such good music, videos, merchandise, why aren’t you famous yet?” My answer's always the same, “cuz I’m not chasing that dream.” And some don’t get it even after I explain the reason why. Let me break it down for you. Most people equate being famous with being rich, because when you hear fame in the media it's usually said in connection with wealth, “Rich and Famous,” but they’re not the same thing. There are allot of famous people who aren't rich and allot of very rich people who live in total obscurity. There’s two types of artists, those who want to be rich and those who want to be famous. You can tell the one's who want to be famous cuz they’ll be on TV saying comments like “I‘ve dreamed of being on TV since I was 2 years old.” These are the same people who become depressed or commit suicide when their star falls.

Fame is a double-edged sword, on the one side everywhere you go people recognize you and want to give you things, complimentary stays at the finest restaurants and hotels, sex, drugs, access to new cars and other exclusive toys that aren't available for the common person. Then on the other side, everywhere you go people recognize you and are willing to stalk you or sneak into your home with whatever intentions. Attracting devious people who want to leech off you, others who want to pull you down to catapult their own carriers. Your every move is scrutinized by the media and false rumors and accusations are common. Think of Michael Jackson R.I.P. trying to walk into Walmart to buy some glitter socks. The people would go BANANA’S! Millions of dollars in merchandise destroyed, people trampled to death from other people trying to touch MJ or get his autograph. They would have to call the national guard and shutdown the next sixteen blocks.

Then there’s my type of artist, the one’s that want to be rich. Yes I can become rich and have a certain degree of fame for whatever ingenious scheme that made me rich, but my face isn’t on the TV all the time and I’m not in all the major newspapers. Maybe you find me in an independent magazine or some local newsletter, but it would never be to the degree of a Snoop Dogg, Jay Z, Dr. Dre or 50 Cent. Being rich is different. You have enough money to afford the same luxuries as the famous, but can still go to Walmart for your own glitter socks. You can travel the world, live comfortably, provide for family and close friends without attracting the majority of the problems that come from star-chasers and gold diggers. I say some cuz wealth also attracts the greedy...but I’m ready for that.

On a different note I recently got back into snowboarding and I’m getting good at riding rails and jumping boxes. I made a clip of my homie "El Jorre" and I riding at this local indoor spot called Snow Planet. The clip's 10 minutes long and features "El Jorre" and I doing ollies, grinds, and other tricks, plus the soundtrack is 3 songs off the new album. The title is “Shredding Powder” and its the first in the series of 10 you can watch it by pasting this link in your browser <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuXeJug5Ouk" target="_blank">www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuXeJug5Ouk</a> or going to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/tygervinum" target="_blank">www.youtube.com/tygervinum</a>. Check it out cuz I’m halfway thru “Shredding Powder 2” and we already got new tricks that make part one look like amateurs. While most people were doing last minute shopping on Christmas Eve, I was on the slopes snowboarding and practicing new tricks for the next clip. It's a serious adrenaline addiction and it's keeping me active during the winter. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it.

The winter has been serious in Holland. It's snowing outside right now and it's been snowing on and off for the last two weeks. This year was the first white Christmas since 1981. The weather on the average night is ten degrees below zero. The snow makes it impossible for me to drive my brommer and public transportation is unreliable cuz the roads are icy. I spent my Christmas indoors with my girlfriend chillin watching movies. The cold has most people staying indoors and drinking liquor to keep warm. This seems to be Dutch tradition, and until you’ve lived in this weather don’t judge it. I’ve decided to take a break from drinking and smoking for a while. I had already stopped smoking for months before I smoked "Trinity" in my last blog. Now, I’m quitting drinking too, and focusing that energy into music and snowboarding. That’s it for now avid reader, go buy a copy of "Grindin Muzik", check out the "Shredding Powder" clip and if you like it, leave a comment or tell a friend. I hope you had a happy holiday season and have a successful 2010 in whatever endeavors you undertake. We'll talk again after Midem. Until then be well.

Tha One an Only

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