The Midwest rap movement known as United Grind is heating up with the release of their latest slick video for “United Grind Cypher.” This track is a distilled dose of rhyming from six emcees who are at the forefront of the United Grind movement. It’s a preview of what’s to come with their upcoming collaborative album, “Grind or Die (Vol. 1),” set to drop this spring.
The cypher is led off by Ohio’s Play Havoc (HiJinks & Vice Souletric) and Detroit’s Game Changers, and everyone gets a chance to showcase their skills over the Neptunes’ seminal instrumental, Clipse’s “Grindin’.” The beat is one of the genre’s most well-loved instrumentals, and it’s the perfect choice for this showcase.
With DJ Nu ERA holding it down on the decks, we get to watch as HiJinks, Vice Souletric, Nu Face, Sand Man, Lee Harvey, and Juggernaut June (in that order) tackle the beat with precision and style. While everyone involved has been in the game for a minute, this track really feels like a proper reintroduction to their talents. There are plenty of wordplay, punchlines, and autobiographical bars to unpack in repeated viewings, and the video captures the energy and charisma of these talented emcees.
United Grind is a movement that represents the hard-working, blue-collar spirit of the Midwest. Their music is gritty, honest, and unapologetically raw. The United Grind Cypher is a perfect example of this, with each emcee bringing their unique style and perspective to the table. It’s a reminder that the Midwest has always been an important part of the hip-hop landscape, and United Grind is leading the charge for the next generation of Midwest rap stars.