Greetings good people, hope everyone is having a great Tuesday. This week’s featured artist comes from right here in Chicago (West Side stand up!); he’s a producer by the name of Grant Parks. I first came across Grant Parks’ music while on Myspace looking for artist, I always make it a point to look for talent here in Chicago.
Grant Parks has worked with many artist over the span of his career, artist such as Grand Puba & Sadat X (Brand Nubian), Rhymefest, Crucial Conflict, KRS-One, QUE B.I.L.L.A.H, Pugs Atomz and many more.
Here the video to the song ‘Today’s Lesson” from Chicago artists’ Prime & QUE B.I.L.L.A.H. feat. Krs One
Honestly I could go on and tell you how great a producer Grant Parks is (which he is) but really what moved me to highlight him today was also his involvement with the Stop the Violence Movement. 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the original STV movement which spawned the single “Self Destruction” which featured an all star cast of emcees KRS-ONE, Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, and Public Enemy too name a few. Today there is a new movement and with the “Blastmaster” KRS-ONE still at the helm Grant Parks produced the track “Self Destruction 2009” which features Twista, Crucial Conflict, Syleena Johnson and many others.
I think this songs message is one that needs to heard, especially in this day and age (goggle search Derrion Albert). Young people are losing the sense of appreciation for the value of life and a song like this speaks directly to them. As a person who enjoys music of substance and as a parent I commend Grant Parks and all the other artist on this song for attempting to help to address this problem.