Grip Plyaz, a beloved Atlanta rapper and pioneer of the city's independent scene, passed away on Thursday afternoon after a battle with a rare form of cancer, friends and family announced on social media.
Born and raised in Atlanta's Old 4th Ward neighborhood, Grip Plyaz released his first solo project CUMGITSLUM in 2005. His distinct and explicit style earned him a loyal fanbase in Atlanta, and he soon became a fixture at underground rap nights in venues around the city. He would garner attention online with tracks like "Died In Yo Pussy" and "Fuck That Hipster Shit." In recent years, Grip served as a mentor for artists in his city's burgeoning underground scene like KEY! and other members of Two-9, as well as Trinidad James.
In 2015, Grip was diagnosed with stage three pleomorphic sarcoma, an aggressive and rare form of cancer. A GoFundMe campaign set up after the diagnosis raised over $17,500 for his medical expenses. Earlier this week, Grip went into cardiac arrest and slipped into a coma, according to Hip-Hop Wired.
Due to his illness, Grip's output slowed in recent years. In 2012, he released the Purp, Wind & Fire mixtape, followed by ReTurnt to Sender> in 2014. Find more of Grip Plyaz's discography on his Bandcamp page.
Atl Rap underground legend and one of the many backbones the Current Atl art & Music scene has transitioned to be with the ancestors. His name #GripPlyaz his claim to fame #FuckThatHipsterShit and a treasure trove of underground classics! He was a drunken unicorn staple and lived in the music, art & street wear world daily. We loved him and he knows. ****************************************With all that said I wanna inform y'all to make sure nothing is planned in his name without his family being included and involved. I wud hate to even appear that we on the scene wud use him for any personal or selfish reasons. He was a good man and deserves to be buried with positive energy around him. Hit up @berettascottking sis has the answers y'all may need as she is in connect with his family. Grip I'm glad u knew we love u while u were here and since energy does not die we know u are with the ancestors watching out for us still. 💯 #FuckThatHipsterShit
This is @_therealzaid the son of @gripplyaz . His Father means so much to the culture of Atlanta underground music. His Father was the first person I ever heard say "F*** That Hipster S***"!! If you wasn't a part of the scene you will never understand how much those words affected Us. His Father made it cool for me to be the confident artist that I came out as in 2012 and still am till this day. Grip is an Atlanta Underground Music Legend. I'm happy to have sold him clothes before I did music and to have done music with him when my time came. I've lost a lot of real ones recently. I refuse to let it put me down. Only make me stronger. They wouldn't want us to quit. Do it for your culture. Die for your culture. Stay up Young man. Yo Daddy is worth living for 🤜🏿🤛🏿🙏🏿 #JAMES #FuckCancer #ATLHoe
RIP to the brother Grip Plyaz. "Members Only" with Hollyweerd & Proton will forever jam.— Phonte (@phontigallo) June 8, 2017