MF Grimm, American Hunger

Hua Hsu

By Hua Hsu

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

American Hunger

MF Grimm
If there were ever an MC able to fill up a triple album…

Every rapper claims to have withstood hard knocks on the way up, but few have inspired their own graphic novel. In September 2007, DC Comics 'Vertigo imprint issued Sentences: The Life of M.F. Grimm. The New York rapper's career has been interrupted time and again by violence (he is currently confined to a wheelchair, with a dulled sense of hearing), cosmic bad luck (he once got into a car accident on the way to signing with a major label) and beef (he disses one-time friend M.F. Doom on the scathing "Book of Daniel"). All of this has resulted in one of rap's darkest minds: it's as though his music sets out to suffocate the listener in filth and ugliness. American Hunger — to my knowledge, rap's first triple album — is the place to start, a three-hour exercise of bleak wit and wheezy soul — though it might make you think twice about leaving the house to go trick-or-treating.