Grand Hall

Grand Hall

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When Gr& Phee and Rhyson Hall are together, if cameras aren't rolling, they should be. It's been an arduous and uplifting, hilarious and humbling time, the the two ambassadors for th eBuffalo, NY Hip Hop scene are still here, and still on the cusp of whats fresh and groundbreaking in music.

Biography

Gr& Phee and Rhyson Hall

When Gr& Phee and Rhyson Hall are together, if cameras aren’t rolling, they should be. It’s been an arduous and uplifting, hilarious and humbling time, but the two ambassadors for the Buffalo, NY Hip Hop scene are still here, and still on the cusp of what’s fresh and groundbreaking in the world of music.

The two met in 2004 while on their former label, DeepThinka Records. Phee was the veteran emcee and staple in the Hip Hop scene, and Rhyson was the hungry newcomer, making noise in area colleges. Over the next two years, Rhys and Phee shared the stage with Little Brother, Inspectah Deck, Planet Asia, Afu Ra, Jeru The Damaja, DJ Dopey, Snoop Dogg, Elephant Man, Cassidy, Raekwon, Kool G Rap, RA the Ruggedman, DJ Architect, Sean Paul, Clipse, Kelis, Cam’ron, Ghostface, Isis, Eternia and Swollen Members.

Rhyson’s first single “Still Raw” topped the college radio charts and Phee’s single “The Gr& Buffet, reached #8. Both singles are from the album “Detained @ The Border” which took the two from San Francisco to Buffalo and all points in-between on the aptly titled “Guy on the Couch Tour.” To save money, the traveling musicians slept at the houses of show promoters, ex-girlfriends, hospitable weirdo’s and fans that came to see their show, most of whom they had just met. The trend continued on the “Code Brown Tour” where sleeping arrangements varied from a living room in Detroit, to the floor of a Weed House in the midwest. Needless to say, shit was real.

The common thread throughout both tours was this; complete strangers became instant fans by nights end. Phee’s comedic outbursts and Rhyson’s nonstop energy combined to reintroduce crowds across the country to real showmanship is. The workload doesn’t stop with just performing and recording though. Rhys & Phee were integral parts of the planning and booking of the tour, merchandise sales and local event planning for the label. In an age where an artist can’t just be an artist, they are way ahead of the curve.

Taking their talents up north, the two lived, albeit it illegally, in a soon to be rented apartment in downtown Toronto. With no furniture to speak of, they slept on the floor, waking up everyday at the crack of dawn to investigate the Toronto music scene. By the end of the month, both had jobs, and were working on albums with up and coming beatsmiths Mad Scientist and Gigz. Now back in Buffalo, the dream of escaping the Rust Belt has faded for the moment, but with their knowledge of the independent music industry, new contacts and new music, the two have high hopes for 2008.

Discography

Detained @ The Border

Set List

Crowd Participation Freestyle session
Rockin' With the Best
Still Raw
Bad Man
The Movement