The journey towards Nick Grant’s debut project, ’88, has been nothing short of head0turning. He wowed a few of rap’s veterans with a killer Sway in the Morning freestyle, and followed up with a remix to his impressive single “Royalty” that includes verses from Big K.R.I.T. and Killer Mike.
With an aim to bridge the gap between cool and conscious, Nick finally premiers what’s being called an homage to the Golden Era of Hip-Hop. Upon listening to his releases, there’s no doubting his influences. He’s a fan of Nas, Jay Z, OutKast, Scarface, and others who have a knack for storytelling, and this inspiration comes through in his own music.
For ’88, fans can expect some gems, which he hinted at in an interview with STASHED back in January. “I don’t know why anyone else does music but I’ve seen a lot. I feel like those experiences make the music and if people appreciate it, that’s a blessing. You can never be afraid to say what you feel, and that’s how I felt at the time,” he said.
’88 is a 13-track mixtape with collaborations from Young Dro, BJ The Chicago Kid, Stacy Barthe, and more. “As a rapper, he’s got verses, he knows how to choose beats and put songs together, but what I now see is someone that has the potential to grow beyond just the music,” said Nick Grant’s manager Jason Geter in a press release.
Catch the talented emcee on the road this spring. Courtesy of DatPiff, ’88 can be found in its entirety below.
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