Times of a martyr lets you know about my approach in hip hop and exactly what I stand for. This record is one of my most intricate records to date. When I first heard the beat it drew me in instantly. I knew what I wanted to say and the message I wanted to relay; but I had no idea how to say it on this particular record. This sound was so different from what I was accustomed to. It took me about 3 or 4 months to actually find the flow for it. Once I figured it out and recited the first 2 lines I wrote the song in about an hour; because I already know what I wanted to say. It was certainly a moment of growth for me. “We hung from the trees what you’ll know about that strange fruit. Fighting KKK’s and even now they haven’t claimed truce.”
G.R.A.C.E. (Giving Rap a Conscious Effort)
Arguably, one of Hip Hop’s greatest poets, goes by the moniker Grace the Martyr. Grace meaning (Giving Rap a Conscious Effort). Born in Tallahassee, Florida Grace spent his adolescent years in Merritt Island, Miami, and Boston, Georgia. Grace spent his early adulthood in Los Angeles until he relocated to Atlanta which he now calls home. As an early teen Grace began writing poetry venting and sharing his creativity through his pen. By the time Grace was a teenager, he had written over one hundred poems. He was drawn to music, especially hip hop and related to artists such as Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Common, Nas, Jay-z, Big Daddy Kane, Father MC, and Talib Kweli. Closest to his heart was 2Pac for his passionate approach and Andre 3000 for his creative yet clever wordplay.
Grace the Martyr makes creative hip hop music laced with jazz and soul that contains artistically powerful lyrics. His personality and vibe are a direct reflection of his raw talent. While Grace has been labeled a ladies man, he insists his music has something for all audiences. “Good music influences everything,” he says. “I tell stories that everyone can relate to regardless of their gender, race or age. They’re my stories…his stories…her stories…our stories. Music has no boundaries.”
Grace recently launched his own label “Gem Entertainment” and is determined to solidify his name as one of hip-hops greatest poets/storyteller.