MF Grimm
Scars & Memories


4.5
superb

Review

by STOMP THE MUDS USER (5 Reviews)
June 24th, 2007 | 19 replies | 6,030 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the most consistent albums in recent times.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

"I live it, I breath it; it's all I know"

Percy Carey is a survivor. Also known as MF Grimm, he has survived several murder attempts and eleven gunshots, resulting in paralysis from the legs down. In 2000 he was sentenced to life imprisonment for narcotics and conspiracy, but Grimm was determined to study prison law books and get his sentence shortened. After being released in 2003, MF Grimm made a resurgence as one of the best emcees to come from the '90s hardcore scene, appearing on releases such as Digital Tears: E-mail from Purgatory and Special Herbs and Spices Volume 1. One of his most notable releases, however, is Scars & Memories. Although the majority of the songs were recorded the decade prior, the original song reels were stolen, forcing Grimm to re-record much of that material.

What separates Scars & Memories from the vast array of other hip-hop albums released is the inclusion of radio interviews, acting as a sort of chronology of where Grimm was at mentally, often in relation to the song which follows. These segments give insight into not only Grimm, but the music within the album, whether he is discussing inner city violence, hip-hop or his philosophies.

Hailing from Manhattan, New York, it's to be expected that much of MF Grimm's lyrical content revolves around the violence that surrounded him, much of which participated in at the time. In the classic "King of New York", he spits, "There's three rules I live by, boy: crush, kill, destroy" over a clanky, dark East Coast beat. In the vicious yet catchy "So Watcha Want?", he calls out the hordes of gangsta rap poseurs and boasts "I'll put the Starsky and Hutches in motherfuckin crutches". And he meant it.

Elsewhere on songs such as "Bloody Love Letter" and "Dedication", the pace and tone is mellowed in favor of introspection. "Bloody Love Letter" finds a much more heartfelt MF Grimm, as he reads out the fictional letter he writes after being, "Life is blunt, death is sharp as a blade. I hope you meet another love and all the pain will fade." Here his flow is like liquid as the words constantly flow; not once does anything seem harsh or typically hardcore in this ghetto tragedy of a song. In the latter, Grimm and Squeeze rap over light beats and some chorus trumpet, detailing camaraderie among crews and friends; "Some passed away, now they livin' up above, but not even death can separate the love".

The variety of producers here (including MF DOOM) enhance Scars & Memories to the point that one could not imagine how an album such as this would sound otherwise. The two aforementioned styles of thought appear throughout the rest of Scars & Memories, whether it be in nostalgic bangers like "Crumb Snatchers" and "The Original" or tracks that demonstrate, through perhaps Percy Carey's own attitude when the album was mostly written, how much more there is to life than living in constant fear and violence. Surrounded by death and the loss of comrades, family and friends, seeing MF Grimm stand so confidently on the cover only furthers the message.


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Tyler
Emeritus
June 24th 2007



7928 Comments


Very solid review, and yeah, it's badass seeing him stand.

The Jungler
June 24th 2007



4827 Comments


I don't know much MF Grimm other than some assorted singles. Maybe I'll look this up or something.
Good review.

Tyler
Emeritus
June 24th 2007



7928 Comments


MF Grimm rules. He ghost wrote Dre's "The Chronic" and he's just all around awesome.

slep
June 24th 2007



1604 Comments


I've heard good things about Grimm. I shall look into it.

Nice review.

The Jungler
June 24th 2007



4827 Comments


I heard the DOOM diss track off his new record a while ago and that song was pretty sick.

Tyler
Emeritus
June 24th 2007



7928 Comments


Yeah, Grimm > Doom. Doom is smooth and all, but he mostly just mumbles about bubblegum and robots, and sounds generally disinterested in his own music.

smokersdieyounger
June 25th 2007



672 Comments


I don't believe the rumour that he ghost wrote for Dre, doesn't sound like it was written by anyone outside the east coast, and grimm hasn't commented on it.

JumpTheF**kUp
June 26th 2007



2710 Comments


Good review.
I'm going to assume that blackmilk is Eliminator from now onwards.

pulseczar
June 26th 2007



2385 Comments


Eliminator died of alcohol poisoning back in 1968.
ima hafta check this out, this guy has always intrigued me, especially the ghostwriting for Dre.

FistfulOfSteel
October 1st 2009



894 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome album.

Psilocyanide
August 5th 2010



1823 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally got a hold of this album. It's great, definitely Grimm's best work imo.

HalfManHalfAmazing
February 4th 2011



565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Title track is so perfect.

LambsBread
February 8th 2014



3264 Comments


You won't step to Harlem when a brother's slain
to ease a mother's pain, but you can make it to a Rangers game.

ArmandoExchange
April 18th 2014



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cannot find this album anywhere

LambsBread
April 18th 2014



3264 Comments


Itunes...

ArmandoExchange
April 18th 2014



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Broke college student = torrenting machine.

LambsBread
April 19th 2014



3264 Comments


Broke legendary rapper = your fault

ArmandoExchange
April 19th 2014



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm sure they would rather have me listen to their music for free and appreciate their art than not listening to it at all. Too much good music out there for me to buy it all; just to be realistic.

LambsBread
April 20th 2014



3264 Comments


If you don't buy music you are assuming buying music is a form of charity and completely
disrespecting the art by not giving the incredibly meager amount the artist is asking for music you
can listen toforever. But nah not worth 6 bucks dawg.





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