Gravediggaz “Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide”

Gravediggaz “Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide”: “Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide” released on September 6th, 1994 was the second single from the debut album by Gravediggaz “6 Feet Deep” solely produced by Prince Paul. The crew of 4 that made up the Gravediggaz decided to adopt alter egos when together. Arnold Hamilton also known as Frukwan became “The Gatekeeper” , Prince Paul aka Chest Rockwell became “The Undertaker “, Anthony Ian Berkeley aka Poetic became “The Grym Reaper” , and finally Robert Fitzgerald Diggs aka the RZA became “The RZArector”. Their group name means “digging graves of the mentally dead” and it stood for resurrecting the mentally dead from their state of unawareness and ignorance. The group is known for pioneering a style called “Horrorcore” which combines violent content/imagery with Hip-Hop. It pushes beyond the realm of realistic violence to the point that the lyrics become gruesome.

Their 1st album dropped on August 9th 1994 by Gee Street Records/Island/ PolyGram Records. Production for the album was handled by Prince Paul, Frukwan, RZA, RNS, & Mr. Sime. Originally titled Niggamortis the album title was changed to appeal better to the American fans. It spawned some big singles with “Diary of a Madman”, “1-800 Suicide” and “Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide”. It has been over 2 decades since “Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide” dropped which used samples from “Jagger the Dagger” by Eugene McDaniels, “Funk Talk” by Southside Movement, “Season of the Witch” by Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Stephen Stills”, “Synthetic Substitution” by Melvin Bliss, “Buffal Gals” by Malcolm McLaren and lastly a skit from Richard Pryor.

They dropped their second album in September 1997 “The Pick, the Sickle and the Shovel”. Prince Paul appeared on the cover and inside booklet, but other than producing the outro and 1 other skit he wasn’t involved. In the following years the group lost 3 of its original members : The RZA and Prince Paul left the group then Grym Reaper lost a 2 year battle with colon cancer in July 2001. The next year the group released “Nightmare in A-Minor” in April 2002. The next album came 4 years later from a group that had many new faces, “6 Feet Under” was a compilation album that was released in March 2004. The last track the group recorded was “2 More Cups of Blood” in 2010, and the next year it was announced that new tracks from the Gravediggaz were on the horizon involving Shabazz The Discipline & Killah Priest but we are still waiting for the songs to drop.

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Johnny V

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