After surprising listeners with a handful of new music and videos earlier this year, Grieves disappeared from the regularly scheduled releases with as much pomp and circumstance as when the drops first started. While he was out on tour, fans were left wondering if – or more accurately when – the loosies would find an album to call home. Well, the wait is over.
The Collections of Mr. Nice Guy saw the light of day this week, featuring five previously released records as well as three new tracks. And, man, the latest from Grieves is a welcomed addition to what appears to be another summer chalk full of fresh sounds. Serving as the first project from the Rhymesayers emcee since Running Wild, the 8-track tape calls attention to Grieves’ growth and passion while highlighting the clever prose that has helped him attract such a loyal audience. From start to finish, The Collections of Mr. Nice Guy runs the gamut in regards to production, while Grieves weaves his wordplay in between the eclectic instrumentation.
Accompanying the release of the new EP is an official visual treatment for “Perspective.” According to Grieves, this joint sparked overwhelming interest from individuals who happened to hear it while he was on tour. And, after you let it run through once, it’s no surprise why.
“Perspective” is a fun record that finds a wonderful balance between good energy, self-love and quick-witted braggadocio. At the risk of calling upon an outdated member of our lexicon, the track and video pretty much radiates with swag. Like, real swag – what swag could/should be, before it was kidnapped and held ransom by pop-culture. Throughout “Perspective,” Grieves couples a confident and relaxed delivery with plenty of silly fuckery, using a sense of self-love to rise above the shade that inevitably comes from haters and armchair quarterbacks.
How’s he about to interrupt the track with a tongue-in-cheek serenade to moms and mini-vans? Wild.
Directed by Ryan “Pants” Gross and animated by Jake Adler, “Perspective” comes to life with slick edits and an engaging demeanor by our protagonist throughout the flick. Like the track itself, the visual experience is fun and silly yet still filled with enough brash content to elucidate the essence of “Perspective.”
The Collections of Mr. Nice Guy is available now on all your favorite streaming platforms. In addition to the new music, Grieves has announced the 24-stop Mr. Nice Guy Tour, with the festivities kicking off in September. For tickets and info, head here.
Press play on “Perspective” below.