Benjamin Laub was born on February 23, 1984 in Chicago Illinois. In his early life, Ben's
father would take him to Jazz and Blues clubs to listen to the music. Naturally this instilled
music into his life at a young age. He later moved to Fort Collins, Colorado with his family and
began to explore other music genres incuding Punk Rock and Hip Hop. At the age of 19, Benjamin
moved to Seattle, Washington to pursue a career in music. Seattle, being known for it's diverse
music scene, would propel Benjamin Laub (later to attain the stagename Grieves) into his career in
In Seattle, Grieves began honing his craft of Hip Hop music. In 2007, Grieves was successful in
self-releasing his own debut album titled Irreversible. With the success of Irreversible, Grieves
began to fund and book his own tours in order to grow his fan base all across the US. While in
Seattle, Grieves paired with a producer and multi-instrumentalist known as Budo. Together, Grives
and Budo produced 15 tracks of sample-free, melody-driven songs comprised into an album titled 88
Keys & Counting in 2008. Grieves' unique combination of singing and rapping, combined with Budo's
addition of guitar, horn, and keyboard sounds, 88 Keys and Counting was met with outstanding
reviews praising the talent that they brought to the table. 88 Keys and Counting was released by
Grieves and Budo as a digital release as opposed to a CD.
On February 1, 2010 the well known group Rhymsayers Entertainment, (famous for acts such as Atmosphere and P.O.S.) announced that they had signed Grieves to their label. With the help of Rhymesayer's Entertainment, 88 Keys & Counting was re-released as a CD along with a new EP titled The Confessions of Mr. Modest. Both the re-release and new EP were released on March 2, 2010.
After two years of touring to support the album 88 Keys & Counting, Grieves encountered a
horrible tragedy in his life. With the loss of his older sister Rebecca, combined with the
dwindling high of his CD's success, Grieves was enduring a great deal of pain in his life. Grieves
used this pain in his life to produce a deep emotional sound. He began to conceptualize a new
album that would address the bond that music creates between individuals and how it brings us all
together, as well as the strength that this bond has despite any emotional or physical distances
After relocating to New York in the end of 2008 Grieves, with the help of Budo, co-produced Together/Apart. Budo's perfect instrumental support of Grieves' chilling lyrics
made for deep sound to the album. Some of the songs of the album were recorded in Colorado (when
Grieves had returned home to be with family) and Washington. By recording the songs of the album
in three different regions, Grieves and Budo were able to instill vastly different regional
influences in the album. The songs of the album covered the bond of music as originally planned, as well as subjects such as trust, addiction, and self-reflection. Released on June 21, 2011,
Together/Apart was Grieves' most emotional and most personal album to date.
The newest album from Grieves and Budo, Together/Apart, debuted at #112 in the Top 200 Album
Sales chart. This was Grieves' first appearance in the Top 200 chart, marking a huge success in
his musical career. Most of the songs on the album solely feature Grieves' raps and singing.
However, fellow Rhymesayers Entertainment artists Brother Ali and Krukid are featured in the
tracks "Tragic" and "No Matter What". The opening track "Lightspeed" opens the album with a very
mellow but heartfelt tone with lyrics that express the importance of just stopping and enjoying
life. As the album progresses, the tracks get deeper and more emotional. SPIN magazine wrote
about the second track, "Bloody Poetry", in which they wrote "Part inspirational pep talk, part therapy session, and part crooning song of devotion, the track shows off Grieves' lyrical
dexterity and a bleeding heart." The unique combination of rapping and singing, combined with
lyrics deeply rooted in emotion, aid in Grieves' success.
With the success of Together/Apart, Grieves and Budo were invited to start performing on much
more prestigious venues. In 2011, Grieves and Budo performed at the South by Southwest music
festival. In the Summer of 2011 they also performed at the Vans Warped Tour, a nationwide tour
that spans two months of dates, boasts 40 or more well known bands, and has been running every
Summer since 1995. The unique sound and feel that Grieves' brings to the table makes him one
of the best rap artists to come out of Seattle in the past decade. Grieves music has been
featured in SPIN, Seattle Weekly, and The Washington Post, and his success is not about to end.