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Grand Skeme


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First Full-length LP Entitled - "Gimme"


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Born and raised in San Jose, California, Maurice D. Sharp (Grand Skeme) has been writing Hip Hop music for over eleven years. Raised primarily on the east side by his mother, Maurice experienced first-hand the struggles of surviving inner-city life. Born to teenage parents in 1975, he is the oldest of seven children. When his father left home in 1983, Maurice's mother turned to poetry as an escape from the harsh realities of single motherhood. She was only 22 years old at the time. He credits her with being the first "Hip Hop Head" he has ever known because of her love for the art form, even way back then. Her musical and poetic influences inspired Maurice to explore his artistic side.

As one's art is usually a direct reflection his own life experiences, most of Maurice's early poetry was filled with anger and frustration. Growing up, his mother struggled constantly to keep her family housed, clothed and fed. She moved the family to Colorado in 1986 hoping for a fresh start, but ended up homeless after a fall out with relatives. Meanwhile, she battled drug addiction, depression and even quit writing poetry. The following two years saw Maurice's family move back to California, where they spent the greater part of that time in several different homeless shelters and living with family members. With no fatherly guidance, he found it difficult to maintain. By the age of 14, music was Maurice's only escape.

As his relationship with his mother became more strained, Maurice started to search for ways out. The pressure of serving as a father figure to his siblings and dealing with his mother's substance abuse was too much. At age 16, he left home. In order to get money, he was primarily involved in illegal activities. Bouncing around between the homes of different friends and relatives, music was the only constant in Maurice's life.

Once Maurice got better at writing rhymes, he began to open up artistically. He embraced Hip Hop as a culture, lived it, and developed a style all of his own. His music evolved from being an escape from life to being life itself. Over the course of the five years subsequent, he formed a group called Illism with a fellow emcee/producer, Eclectic; was approached by a label called Triad Music to record a solo album, and was a featured artist on the Triad Music-released Bay Area compilation titled "24 Carat Black". During this time, he went by the stage name, Smartz.

In 1999, Maurice left the Bay Area after getting engaged and having a son. He resides in Fresno, California where he and his wife Joscelyn now own a home and have two sons. The year 2001 is when he was introduced by a family member to Tracy, CA native Francisco Ruiz (Versatyle), a college student and producer. By that time, Maurice's focus was on his family, although he still wrote music out of love for the art. The two quickly realized their mutual passion for music and decided to start a label of their own, Way2Vicious Productions. It was at that time which Maurice changed his stage name to Grand Skeme to reflect his multitude of styles.

Two years later, in 2003, Way2Vicious Productions has been official. With Grand Skeme's first full-length LP, titled "Gimme," complete, the label is set to follow up with even bigger and better projects. Skeme's as-yet-untitled second LP is nearly finished. With the ultimate goal of securing a distribution/venture deal for Way2Vicious Productions, Grand Skeme has worked diligently with Versatyle to create a fresh new sound. Intricate lyricism coupled with Versatyle’s trunk-crackin' beats has helped bring his dreams closer to a reality. From tales of street life and personal struggles to fierce battle-style rhymes, Grand Skeme is ready to make his mark on Hip Hop now forever.