Everyone knows RL Grime; whether it be his deep and dirty remixes or his creative, minimalist trap tracks, RL Grime is a staple in the trap scene. His success started in 2012 with his remix of Shlohmo‘s “The Way U DO” and quickly exploded with his remix of Rihanna‘s “Pour It Up” that same year. RL Grime has since seen his name get engraved in the foundations of trap music: he has multiple tracks with over 28 million plays and has played at Coachella, EDC, Electric Forest, and many other notable stages around the world. The last time the Twin Cities saw RL Grime was Mill City Nights three years back, but a lot has happened in his career even just within the year. Let’s check in on RL Grime and see what he’s been up to!
RL Grime‘s last visit to Minneapolis occurred right after his first album, Void, dropped on WeDidIt Records; it’s only fitting that his visit this Thursday orbits around his second album release. Last fall, RL Grime leaked that he would be releasing a new album in fall 2017 but included no additional details. In May of this year, he released his track “Reims” out of the blue. It was a completely different style approach than the standard RL Grime dirt and led to further questions about the anticipated album. Finally, in June, he leaked the name of the album through a zine: Nova. The zine includes pictures and features of the album itself as well as the creation of it and the influences RL Grime gained throughout the Nova project. In the zine, he states that the Nova project won’t just be “an album, or a show, or a single narrative…” and that it will allow fans to be a part of the creative process. There still has yet to be an announced release date, so fans will have to participate in the zines to gain the details of the album.
Halloween is one of the biggest party nights in the year, and RL Grime‘s Halloween mixes have become a staple in the EDM community’s Halloween celebration. Featuring celebrities such as Pharrell Williams and Hannibal Burres, RL Grime‘s Halloween mixes are listened to all over. This year was RL Grime‘s sixth year of producing this mix, and this year definitely took the cake as the best and most creative one yet! This year’s celebrity feature is Tony Hawk as he announces the start of the mix. It quickly turns into track after track of slashing sounds and frightening kicks. Unlike the previous other years, Halloween VI crosses genre lines and breaks into future bass, electro house, and heavy dub. This mix shows RL Grime‘s versatility and his shift in sound for his new album.
Perhaps the things that show how far RL Grime has gotten with his career in the past couple of years are the artists he has collaborated with. In 2014, he started producing tracks for rappers such as Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and Tory Lanez. While continuing to produce for hip hop artists, he started more actively collabing with other artists and eventually released “Waiting” with Whatsonot and Skrillex in 2016 and “Stay For It” featuring Miguel. He recently released a promotional video for his tour with a track that he and Redman collaborated on, and there is talk that he is in the workings for a collaboration with Flume. RL Grime has proved that he has what it takes to be a trap legend, and his collab list further proves it.
RL Grime has been up to a lot since his last Minneapolis stop, so make sure to see him this Thursday at Myth! Tickets are available here.