Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles Deon Dirks, A.K.A. Young Grim grew up during the late 80â€™s and became a fan of hip hop the moment he was introduced to artists and groups such as the Beastie Boys, Fat Boys, LL Cool J, and Run DMC. However, it wasnâ€™t until he heard NWA that he fell in love with hip hop, because NWA spoke to his reality. They gave a voice to what was happening in his neighborhood. It is with that same realism, insight, and objectivity that Grim approaches his music.
Grim has been actively writing and performing for the past 7 years. His career began as part of the Pentagon, a well-known underground rap group. As a member of the group, he gained a very loyal fan base, valuable experience as an artist, and performer. Due to Grimâ€™s excellent musical ability he soon became the lead member. Despite the relative success of the group, Grim felt the need to produce music with greater substance verses primarily focusing on partying and clubbing. After much discussion, he decided to leave the group and began work on his solo career, with the intent to produce music with greater substance. It is with this determination that Grim brings forth his debut album â€œAs Grim As It Getsâ€.
â€œNot since the debut of Ice Cubeâ€™s Death Certificate has an artist painted a more realistic picture of what life is like in South Central Los Angeles, bringing even more versatility then his predecessors. This is something very few West Coast artists can offer, which is why; I jumped at the chance to work with himâ€. Exclaims Vic, owner and Cofounder of S&T Records, however, if you ask Grim heâ€™ll be the first to say he has much farther to go and this album puts him on the right path.
No stranger to the ills of South Central, Grim draws from his own experiences of growing up in poverty, and living in a drug infested community, plagued by gang violence, to produce â€œstreet bangersâ€ such as Westside, Do My Thang, and I Donâ€™t Wanna Die. But the show doesnâ€™t stop there, Burn Rubber, Iâ€™m the Shyt, Hey DJ, and Young Grim, features the type of music that made him a fan favorite, critics have already labeled his debut album an underground classic.
Check out Young Grim at http://www.s-n-trecords.com