Grades of aBsolute Truth
A couple of years ago I attended a voter registration rally as a co-director of Register To Speak Out. That day there were a few performances; one of which was a rapper I had never really seen before. Given the type of event, you can imagine this wasn't your typical hip-hop crowd. The way he commanded their attention, however, says something about his ability to perform as well as the quality of music. His style is a blend of rock, blues and hip-hop; a blend of music that has never really been properly explored before. That was before the emergence of Grades of Absolute Truth.
For the past few years, Dallas native G.O.A.T. has remained very consistent on the music scene in the city. Since the first time I saw him perform at that voter registration rally, G.O.A.T. has added a few layers to his live performance, namely a full 6-piece band. The collective known as Grades of Absolute Truth have pulled musical inspiration from everywhere from the Dungeon Family and Brother Ali to Guns-N-Roses and Jimi Hendrix. Grades of Absolute Truth have opened up for musical veterans such as Everlast, Bubba Sparxxx, Paul Wall and Devin the Dude. Recently the band released a project entitled, The Senseless EP. The project was inspired by a 40-day cleanse G.O.A.T. designed for himself where he refrained from listening to music, watching TV and talking on the phone. The 6-track EP, which was largely produced by band mate Justin "Double J" Jones, features an eclectic mix of musical efforts like the blusey, hip-hop tune "Lead" and to the more rock infused "Hands Around My Throat". While continuing to perform with the band and work on a new project, G.O.A.T. plans to return to his underground hip-hop roots with a collaborative project in the works with Jack Rabbit James and Hologram Dagger.
In the ever-changing music scene, artists these days have to be able to adapt to keep up. The artists that are able to prosper in today's market are the ones who are able to carve out the own niche musically and build up a core audience. 'Creatively speaking, Grades of Absolute Truth have carved out their own lane and as long as they stay consistent musically they'll have no problem pulling in an audience for their unique blend of music.
G.O.A.T. - Lead