Bear started rapping after being influenced by the U.K garage group So Solid Crew and started writing his own lyrics. Later, he joined a group of rappers called the ‘Underdogz’ who eventually renamed themselves as ‘Gritty Kidz’. As well as So Solid crew, Bear names Giggs, Ghettz and the Notorious B.I.G as his main influences.
Gritty Bear started engineering and running his own studio from the age of 16. He worked in a youth organisation for six years where he worked with a lot of up and coming artists such as Moeolgo, Fixdotm, Murdock and Prynce Mini. On many occasions, he featured on the songs of such artists and showed them how to record themselves and make the best music possible.
In 2005, ‘Gritty Kidz’ eventually disbanded and from this, Gritty Bear formed the label and brand called ‘Gritty Musik’. Two years later, Bear supervised the release of the label’s first mixtape ‘Gritty Love’ which featured the label’s artists. The mixtape is based on love songs and was downloaded by thousands. He and Gritty Nat, a member of the label, burnt the mixtapes themselves and gave them out to everyone that contacted them for a CD.
Bear took a brief break from music to go to university. He studied Music Technology and Sound Design to better his craft as an engineer. Once he graduated, Bear released his first solo EP entitled “Bear & Bars”. He is now performing regularly and has dropped his first solo visual on GRM Daily for a fan favorite song called ‘She Deh Do Me’.
Gritty Bear is now working on more visuals for the future with Brother Bear Creations and is continuing to work on new music everyday!
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