Beef (rapper)

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Clifton Grefe (born October 12, 1989), also known by his stage name Beef or Beefy, is an American mover, rapper, record producer, author and journalist from Madison, Wisconsin.

Career[edit]

Growing up in Madison, Wisconsin, Beef began writing poetry, performing spoken word, singing, whistling and dancing at a young age. He started rapping over industry tunes during his early teens.[1][2]

Grefe attended University of Wisconsin–Madison in the Fall of 2008.[3] During his time in college, he also worked for 93.1 JAMZ as a part-time on-air personality and producer, for the Badger Herald as a staff writer,[4] for Wisconsin Union Theater as a marketing intern,[5] and a bartender for several bars in downtown Madison. He would graduate in the Spring of 2013 with degrees in Sociology and Spanish.

Grefe received national notoriety for his debut single, "Coastie Song (What's A Coastie)."[6] The record, although intended to be flirtatious towards coasties, offended many.[7] Some called the song "xenophobic" and others – "anti-Semitic."[8][9][10][11][12][13] Beef and producer Quincy Kwalae adopted the name Zooniversity Music,[1] following their premiere. The group's following release, "My Biddy," was also met with questions.[14][15] Rich Albertoni of The Isthmus said that some would find the love song to the lesbian chancellor "funny," while others would see it as "offensive."[16] Zooniversity would eventually drop their debut mixtape, The Red Zebra Exhibit, on May 17, 2010.[17]

Later that year, the group premiered their first music video "Teach Me How To Bucky" during the 2010 UW Homecoming game. The song itself was a remix to Cali Swag District's popular "Teach Me How to Dougie" song.[1] After deputes within the group, Zooniversity came to an end.

Grefe launched the website for Basement Made, his production and publication company, in mid-August 2012. He coined the slogan "it all started in the basement..." at this time.

Grefe dropped his first solo mixtape "Chapter 1: The Sun & Moon" on October 31, 2011. He followed it up with "The GRIME TAPE" on April 8, 2013.

Grefe relocated to California in early 2015 for an editorial internship at HipHopDX. After 3 months, he was offered a freelance contributor position there (#1 contributor).[18] Shortly after, Grefe re-launched his publication and production house Basement Made, which has since become one of the most popular organizations in America for independent Hip Hop and working class culture.

From March 2015 to March 2017, the artist resided in Los Angeles, working, and gearing up to release his 27-track concept album Chapter II: Double Major, along with other music.[19] Clifton announced that he'd be releasing the project as separate EP's that compose the full project – one every month. The first called Chapter II: The Hustle premiered on January 15, 2016. The artist then debuted his Chapter II: The Fall In a month later on February 22, 2016.[20] The next project, called Chapter II: The Depression, was released on April 16, 2016, and Chapter II: The Bars followed on June 9, 2016. About a year later, the artist dropped the rest of the EPs. Beef released the full album on July 5, 2017.

Grefe published a critical article about Midwest Hip Hop on November 9, 2015 called Madison Hip Hop Needs Renaissance To Pop. Then another on March 24, 2016 named The Wisconsin Soul: The Best Rappers Out Of The Badger State. The artist became an author on January 20, 2017, when he published his first book through Basement Made, entitled Why Wisconsin Voted For Donald Trump: The Coastie Privilege.

Shortly after the release, Grefe returned to his hometown, where he started writing his second book and autobiography The Life of Cliff G: Dog. The artist and webmaster published his progress live to his website for several months. Grefe currently works as a mover for 2 Men and a Truck.[21]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Title Album details
The Red Zebra Exhibit

(with Zooniversity)

  • Released: May 17, 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: digital download
The Hustle
  • Released: January 15, 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: digital download
The Fall In
  • Released: February 22, 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: digital download
The Depression
  • Released: April 16, 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: digital download
The Bars
  • Released: June 9, 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: digital download
The Fall Out
  • Released: July 2, 2017
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: digital download
The Producer
  • Released: July 3, 2017
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: digital download
The Move Out West
  • Released: July 3, 2017
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: digital download
The Home State
  • Released: July 5, 2017
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: digital download
The Remixes
  • Released: July 5, 2017
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: digital download

Mixtapes/Albums[edit]

Title Album details
Chapter 1: The Sun & Moon
  • Released: October 31, 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: digital download
The GRIME TAPE
  • Released: April 8, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: digital download
Chapter II: Double Major
  • Released: July 5, 2017
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Zooniversity's UW-themed hip-hop is a social networking smash". Isthmus Newspaper. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Beef f. Anthony Lamarr - "Outer Space" [Prod. Michael Cooper]". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  3. ^ "University of Wisconsin Jewish groups irked by 'Coastie Song'". USA Today. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Cliff Grefe, Author at The Badger Herald". The Badger Herald. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  5. ^ "The Green Room • The Street Team". The Green Room. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  6. ^ Cisar, Katjusa. "Dane of My Existence: 'What's a Coastie?' song circulating on campus". Madison.com. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  7. ^ "'Coastie Song' stirs up U. of Wisconsin campus". Boston.com. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  8. ^ "'Coastie Song' stirs up U. of Wisconsin campus". Theguardian.com. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  9. ^ "What's a Coastie? -- the latest "JAP" attack | Jewish Women's Archive". Jwa.org. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  10. ^ "Help! I Don't Want My Daughter To Be a 'Coastie' - The Bintel Brief". The Forward. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  11. ^ "'Coastie' song, video spark debate at UW". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  12. ^ "Depends on Who's Offended". The Washington Monthly. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  13. ^ "Community Post: 40 Signs You Went To The University Of Wisconsin-Madison". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  14. ^ Deborah, Ziff. "On Campus: Student group serenades UW chancellor on YouTube". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  15. ^ "Baby be my Biddy: Student song serenades chancellor". The Badger Herald. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  16. ^ "Class acts: UW-Madison bands are back in a big way". Isthmus Newspaper. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  17. ^ "Zooniversity, Quincy Kwalae, Clifton Beefy, Sam Petricca, JK, Brice Fox - The Red Zebra Exhibit". DatPiff. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  18. ^ "Clifton Grefe". HipHopDX. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  19. ^ "UW alum Beef takes on West Coast with poetic hip-hop". The Badger Herald. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  20. ^ Taylor, Denzel. "Clifton Grefe brings Beef to the West Coast". The Daily Cardinal. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  21. ^ "Clifton Grefe Resume". Linkedin.