Hip Hop’s newest conscience goes by the moniker Grace the Martyr. Grace meaning gift to the people, and Martyr in its original form means one who’s willing to stand up and possibly suffer greatly for what they believe in. Grace settled on his unique moniker as it was a testament to his past and what he believes his infinite purpose is on earth. “I’ve always known I have something I am supposed to give,” Grace says.
As a young boy born in Tallahassee Fla, he now calls Atlanta his home. As an early teen he recalls writing poetry to diffuse the pain and confusion he experienced after not having his Father around. Grace recalls showing the first poem he wrote to his teacher, who praised him and showed it to several other teachers and staff. As a result,his poem, which addressed missing family and beautiful memories of the holiday season, was read to the entire school at the tender age of 10. It was at this time he realized writing could be his savior. He continued to write poems and exorcise his anger and frustration through his pen. By the time Grace was a teenager he had written over one hundred poems.
In addition to his poetry, Grace was drawn to music, especially hip hop. He related to artists such as Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Common. Closest to his heart were 2Pac for his passionate approach and Andre 3000 for his creative yet clever wordplay. Soon Grace was putting his poems to beats and developing his own style as an emcee.
The first single off of Southern Odyssey is Grace’s introductory debut, “Times of a Martyr.” The autobiographical single tells Grace’s background with creative wordplay intertwined with a hip hop track laced with jazz and soul.
This album is about everything from the struggles life hand you, from being on the streets, making a way out of no way, heartbreak, partying, empowering and beating the odds,” Grace explains.“Good music influences everything,” he says. “I tell stories that everyone can relate to regardless of their gender or even age. They are my stories… his stories,her stories. Music has no boundaries.”
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