Longtime Atlanta rapper Grip Plyaz (born Quentin Hood) died on June 8th, succumbing to pleomorphic sarcoma, a soft tissue cancer which he’d battled for two years. He’d suffered a heart attack a few days previously, falling into a coma.
A major figure in Atlanta’s underground hip-hop scene since the late ’90s, Grip released three full-length albums – CUMGITSLUM (2005), GRIP HOP (2008) and Purp, Wind and Fire (2012), along with a pair of EPs.
Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike, who featured Grip on his 2009 compilation Underground Atlanta, posted on his Instagram page: “ATL rap underground legend and one of the many backbones of the current ATL art & music scene has transitioned to be with the ancestors. He was a Drunken Unicorn staple and lived in the music, art & street wear world daily. We loved him and he knows.”