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MF Grimm
Background information
Birth name Percy "DRUNK TANK" Carey
Also known as GM Grimm
The Grim Reaper
Superstar Jet Jaguar
Genres Hip hop, underground hip hop, alternative hip hop
Occupations Music producer, rapper, comic book writer
Years active 1993–present
Labels Day By Day Entertainment
Associated acts Monsta Island Czars
The Gravediggaz

Percy Carey, also known by the stage names MF Grimm and originally Build and Destroy, is an American underground rapper, music producer and Eisner Award-nominated comic book writer from New York City.



Percy Carey grew up in the Upper West Side section of Manhattan. His neighbor, Morgan Freeman, helped arrange for him to be cast as a child actor on Sesame Street, which he did for four years.[1]

"One episode, I lost my tooth, and me and Big Bird had to go through Sesame Street and try to find it," Carey remembers.[2]

While a high school student, Carey followed his passion for rap and hip-hop, doing his best to pursue a career path in music, using his talents to propel him forward.

Early in his career, he formed a DJ/rapper group called The Gravediggaz, not to be confused with the group of the same name formed by Frukwan, RZA, Prince Paul and Too Poetic. He also collaborated with hip-hop legends like Kool G Rap and KMD.[3]

In 1993, Grimm placed at the World Supremacy Battle, already known as an experienced battle rapper.[citation needed] That year, he released his first 12" single, So Whatcha Want Nigga? and performed at the Jack The Rapper convention on Execution Night, sharing the stage with Lady of Rage, Tupac, and Dogg Pound, in Atlanta. Grimm was soon approached by several major labels.[citation needed]


Murder attempt

In 1994, Grimm survived a murder attempt which killed his stepbrother. He was shot seven times in that incident[4] and three times in an earlier murder attempt in 1986. As a result of the 1994 attack, he was deafened, blinded, and paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors predicted that he would suffer nulled senses and be paralyzed for the rest of his life. Grimm recovered full vision, hearing, and speech ability, but is still confined to a wheelchair.[5]


Grimm went on to release several 12" singles on the Fondle 'Em label and also collaborated with MF DOOM on an EP released by Brick Records entitled MF EP.

Grimm founded label Day By Day Entertainment in the late-1990s. At around the same time, he put together his Godzilla-inspired MC collective, the Monsta Island Czars.

Life in jail

Facing narcotics and conspiracy charges, Grimm was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2000. He paid a one-day bail of $100,000, recording The Downfall of Ibliys: A Ghetto Opera in those twenty-four hours.[6] During his stay in jail, Grimm studied law. After filing many counter-suits, he was able to reduce his sentence to three years and he was released in 2003.


He has since completed his second album Digital Tears: E-mail from Purgatory under his Monsta Island Czars moniker Superstar Jet Jaguar.

MF Grimm has the alias GM Grimm, for Grand Master Grimm. He stated in an interview that "Grand Master is a title that not everyone gets. Roc Raida and I were in a group and each of us were awarded that title. It's a major honor in the hip hop community. " Both Roc Raida and Grimm have earned the Grand Master title, an award given only to the best of the best in the hip hop community, so when writing out full names, it reads, "Grand Master Roc Raida and Grand Master Grimm."[7]

Grimm's life story was retold in a comic book autobiography, Sentences: The Life Of MF Grimm, which was released by DC Comics' Vertigo imprint in September 2007.

In 2008, MF Grimm, under his real name Percy Carey, was nominated for two Eisner Awards for Sentences, Best Reality Based Work and Best Lettering. He was also nominated for, and won, two Glyph Awards for Best Cover and Story of the Year.

MF Grimm has recently appeared on National Public Radio to relate his life story and future plans.[8]



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