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GRiZ has announced his sixth studio album, Ride Waves, along with an accompanying US tour and released a fresh single off the album, “I’m Good,” to boot. In classic GRiZ style, the multi-instrumentalist has announced the upcoming work in a fluid and mindful process.
“I’m Good” serves an appropriate catalyst to the hype that GRiZ is capable of accumulating. The funk-fueled track has everything familiar with a party with GRiZ at the helm: fluid sax, a collective singing soulful positive messages, and drops that gives listeners time to get down. “I’m Good” is a track that is uniting, and considering the fact that GRiZ meticulously fleshes out his ideas and projects, unity will be a major theme in the full album The 14-track LP—judging from his features and past releases—will delve into hip-hop, soul, funk, all tied together with that curated GRiZ electronica. However, Ride Waves could be something completely new.
The artist has accomplished a lot in the past two years. He embedded himself in an array of communities and relationships, including his own creative exile, as well as philanthropic endeavors. He came out via a HuffPost op-ed in 2017, which led him to be named Michigan’s Face of Pride in 2018 by USA Today and partnered with Dan Savage’s Foundation, It Gets Better. The Guardian praised him for his efforts with GRiZMAS, which has raised more than $100,000 towards Detroit public school students.
Ride Waves will feature DRAM, Wiz Khalifa, the legendary Bootsy Collins, Muzzy Bearr, Matisyahu, The Harlem Gospel Choir, Chicago’s South Side’s Chicago Children’s Choir, and more. Be it musically or emotionally, there is sure to be something for everybody in this LP. Even Snoop Dogg sent in a verse from his studio in Long Beach.
With the mindful realization that not only his music but also his place as a public figure can be used as a force of intrinsic good, GRiZ’s Ride Waves looks to serve as an honest personal expression and a call to action towards the force of kindness, responsibility, and unity.
The US tour will kick off in March, hitting Costa Rica’s Envision Festival, New Orleans for Buku Music & Arts Project, Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, and touch down in Brooklyn, Philly, St. Augustine, Minneapolis, and more. See the full list of tour dates here.
Ride Waves track list
1. Can’t Get Enough
2. I’m Good
3. My Friends and I Pt. 2 ft Snoop Dogg & Prob Cause
4. Cruise Control ft BXRBER
5. A New Day ft Matisyahu
6. The Prayer
7. It Gets Better ft DRAM
8. Bustin’ Out ft Bootsy Collins
9. Caught Up ft Muzzy Bearr
10. Maybe ft Yoshi Flower)
11. The Escape
12. Mercy ft Valentina
13. Barrel Of A Gun ft Leo Napier
14. Find My Own Way ft Wiz Khalifa