We had the good fortune of connecting with GreyBeard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi GreyBeard, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Consistency has been a big factor in my success. There are times as an artist that I don’t feel inspired to create – especially this year being locked down in quarantine for the majority of the year. Most of the time I can work through it by forcing myself to make beats or write rhymes. And sometimes… it’s just better to sit still and let the inspiration come to me. It’s hard to balance out, but using this technique I’ve been able to create art, perform at shows, and release an album throughout the pandemic. Consistency can also mean that you keep your word. When I’m booked for a show, you can be sure I’ll be there on time and ready to go. Promoters know who’s serious and who isn’t. If you show you’re willing to do the work, you’ll get invited back because they know they can count on you.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been creating HipHop music since the late ’80s. I’m at the unique age where I’ve been able to watch HipHop grow from nothing to what it is today. I feel like this is what sets me apart from most rappers today. I have a deep respect for HipHop culture and in particular HipHop music. I got where I am professionally through hard work. It’s definitely not easy. As an artist, it’s common to be taken advantage of. There are a million people who will tell you they have the secret to make your dreams come true. Don’t believe them. Just keep grinding. if you have an excellent product and are willing to do what it takes to get your name out there, people will start to pay attention. Overnight success is usually the product of a lot of hard work. The world should know that GreyBeard brings HipHop that is true to the culture. If you’re looking for that gritty, boom bap sound with lyrical skills, look me up. I’m out here…
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Denver is a great place to visit. If I had a week with a friend visiting the area, we’d have to stop by the dispensary first to get them set up for the week. From there, we’re going to the mountains. Probably Guanella Pass to visit Mt. Bierstadt. Then up past Winter Park and Grand Lake to get to the Rocky Mountain National Park. By now they’re hungry. We have to stop by Bar Red for Chef Luke’s Seared Salmon. Also have to hit up Marco’s Coal Fired for their limoncello wings. We’ll walk down Larimer and stop at Biker Jim’s for some reindeer sausage. We’ll eventually have to hit up a HipHop show so I can show them all of the talent in this city. We can catch Eighty Spadez, Riaga, Toussaint Lorenz, Ill Se7en, or Spellbinder rock mics. Maybe catch a producer night and see what Gloomy Sxnday, _Chefsoul, Flowzz Rhymeswell, or Just Emcee have been cooking up. We can do the 16th street mall, but spots like LoDo and RiNo have better spots. On the last day we can grab some food and hit trees in City Park. They’ll be back…
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to shoutout everyone who has kept the Denver HipHop scene alive throughout this crazy year. I’ve been able to safely perform at venues such as Bar Red and Your Mom’s House thanks to their willingness to do what it takes to put on shows. I’d also like to shoutout the crews that have been doing their thing with online shows and interviews – the TurntUp TV crew, Callywood Productions, Grim Beard Productions, Native Son, and Joey Thunder. They have found new, innovative ways to continue to bring our art to the people. Without them, I would have been stuck in my studio all year. Big up!
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