Injury Reserve

Injury Reserve is an American hip hop group formed in 2013 in Tempe, Arizona by rappers Stepa J. Groggs (Jordan Groggs), Ritchie with a T (Nathaniel Ritchie), and producer Parker Corey.[3]

Injury Reserve
OriginTempe, Arizona, U.S.
Genres
Years active2013–present
Labels
Members
  • Ritchie with a T
  • Parker Corey
Past membersStepa J. Groggs
Websitehttp://injuryreserve.online/

HistoryEdit

2013–2014: Career beginnings, Depth Chart and Cooler ColorsEdit

Injury Reserve was formed in 2013 by producer Parker Corey and rappers Stepa J. Groggs, and Ritchie with a T after Groggs was featured on Ritchie's mixtape produced by Corey. Ritchie first met Corey through a mutual friend in high school after looking for producers, and met Groggs in middle school when Groggs was working at a Foot Locker store in Phoenix.

In 2013, the group released Depth Chart, their 15-track debut concept mixtape. There was a music video released for "Harvey Dent" to promote the project.[4] Most tracks were based on the premise of a basketball player being drafted. It was released through digital platforms such as Audiomack, but was delisted after the subsequent media attention from 2015's Live from the Dentist Office. It was a relatively unknown release with very little press or media attention, garnering them not much of an audience.

In 2014, the group released Cooler Colors, a 7-track EP, led by singles, "Black Sheep", "Groundhog Day", and "How Bout You".[3] It was released through digital platforms such as Audiomack, but was delisted in the same fashion as Depth Chart. The group doesn't refer to these projects as their debuts, and instead refers to Live from the Dentist Office as their debut.[5]

Cooler Colors was mostly us trying to replicate our favorite artists, and we found that really corny. When me and Parker critique people, we’ll say “Oh that guy sounds like this guy” and then we were realized we’re total hypocrites. Live from the Dentist was us finding our own sound, and that’s why we call that the first actual Injury Reserve project, because the music’s original and it gets at our personalities.

Ritchie with a T, in a 2016 interview with The Daily Texan[6]

2015–2016: Live from the Dentist Office and FlossEdit

In 2015, the group self-released Live from the Dentist Office, their 11-track breakout mixtape with features from Chuck Inglish, Curtis Williams, Glass Popcorn, and Demi Hughes.[7] The mixtape was released through multiple digital platforms such as SoundCloud, iTunes, Tidal, and Spotify.[8] Physical copies of the project were later sold through Injury Reserve's online store.[9] Live from the Dentist Office generally received acclaim from music critics.

On December 15, 2016, Injury Reserve released their second mixtape titled Floss, released again through a variety of digital platforms to similar acclaim. The mixtape featured Vic Mensa and Cakes da Killa. Both projects were actually recorded in a dental office belonging to producer Parker Corey's grandfather.[10]

2017–2019: Drive It Like It's Stolen, signing to Loma Vista, Injury ReserveEdit

On September 29, 2017, the group released an EP titled Drive It Like It's Stolen, preceded by the singles, "North Pole" (featuring Austin Feinstein), "See You Sweat", and "Boom (X3)". All of the singles were released with accompanying music videos. They joined Ho99o9 and The Underachievers on separate tours in 2017. In 2018, the group embarked on their first headlining tour, accompanied by Baltimore artist JPEGMAFIA for its second half, and were featured on the Aminé single "Campfire".

On September 6, 2018, the group released a statement through their social media, stating they signed a record label with Loma Vista, helmed by A&R, Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua, and they'd be releasing their debut album under the label.[2] On May 17, 2019, the group released their self-titled debut album to generally favorable reviews. Following their debut album, the group embarked on a world headlining tour.

2020–present: Death of Stepa J. Groggs, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, future of groupEdit

Stepa J. Groggs died on June 29, 2020, at age 32. The group announced his death on their Twitter account, mourning "a loving father, life partner and friend."[11][12] No cause of death has been released.[13] Since Groggs's death, the group has been featured on songs by Dos Monos,[14] Tony Velour and Aminé.[15]

On September 15, 2021, the group self-released their second studio album, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, led by the singles, "Knees", and "Superman That". The album features Bruiser Brigade rapper ZelooperZ, and was engineered by Zeroh.[16] Shortly following the release, the group embarked on a worldwide tour, alongside Slauson Malone and Colloboh on the US leg. Initially, Zeroh was the supporting act alongside Slauson Malone, but was replaced with Colloboh due to unforeseen circumstances.[17]

In an interview with Huck Magazine, interviewer Thomas Hobbs asked Ritchie with a T if the group could continue without Stepa J. Groggs, responding that, "I can imagine him joking and saying: 'Y'all better still do this shit!'. But then I can also imagine him saying: 'You better not step on a stage without me!'. We're still figuring it out... We've not had an explicit conversation about continuing the group, but me and Parker will continue to create together [in some capacity]."[18]

MembersEdit

  • Ritchie with a T – vocals, recording (2013-present)
  • Parker Corey – production (2013-present)

Former membersEdit

  • Stepa J. Groggs – vocals (2013-2020; died 2020)

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Title Album details
Injury Reserve
By the Time I Get to Phoenix
  • Release: September 15, 2021
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download, vinyl, CD, cassette, streaming

MixtapesEdit

Title Album details
Depth Chart
  • Release: April 30, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Live from the Dentist Office
  • Release: July 22, 2015
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download, vinyl, streaming
Floss
  • Release: 15 December 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download, vinyl, streaming

Extended playsEdit

Title Album details
Cooler Colors
  • Release: June 18, 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Drive It Like It's Stolen
  • Release: September 29, 2017
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download, vinyl, streaming

Guest appearancesEdit

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other performer(s) Album
"Campfire" 2018 Aminé Non-album single
"Talkin' Greezy (Remix)" Cakes da Killa
"745 sticky (Injury Reserve Remix)" 2019 100 Gecs 1000 Gecs and The Tree of Clues
"Fetus" 2020 Aminé Limbo
"Robert" Jockstrap Wicked City
"Aquarius" Dos Monos Dos Siki
"TED TALK" Tony Velour 3M

ToursEdit

Headlining

  • Injury Reserve Arena Tour (2018)[19]
  • Injury Reserve World Tour (2019)[20]
  • By the Time I Get TOuring (2021)[21]
    • North American leg (2021)
    • European leg (2022)[22]
    • Australian leg (2022)[23]
  • Injury Reserve & Armand Hammer & AKAI SOLO Joint Tour (2022)[24]

Supporting

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Injury Reserve Insist They Are a Rap Group". FLOOD. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Injury Reserve [@InjuryReserve] (September 6, 2018). "Injury Reserve coming soon ❤️ t.co/pHoNUwU4kF" (Tweet). Archived from the original on December 28, 2021. Retrieved May 30, 2022 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ a b "Injury Reserve - Cooler Colors [EP]". OK-Tho. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  4. ^ Stechnij, Tanner (March 30, 2018). "The Rise of Injury Reserve". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved October 2, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Q&A: Rap trio Injury Reserve discusses how they found their sound and separate themselves from the pack". September 18, 2021.
  6. ^ "Q&A: Rap trio Injury Reserve discusses how they found their sound and separate themselves from the pack". September 18, 2021.
  7. ^ "Live from the Dentist Office by Injury Reserve on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "Live From The Dentist Office". livefromthe.dentist. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  9. ^ "Physical Copy". Injury Reserve. Archived from the original on March 12, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  10. ^ Becker, Olivia (June 1, 2017). "Injury Reserve Are the Latest Weirdo Internet Rappers — But They're Actually Good". Complex.
  11. ^ Injury Reserve [@InjuryReserve] (June 30, 2020). "REST IN POWER Jordan Alexander Groggs a loving father, life partner and friend. (6/1/1988-6/29/2020) t.co/tYUa4nnebV" (Tweet). Archived from the original on April 29, 2022. Retrieved May 30, 2022 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ DeVille, Chris (June 30, 2020). "Jordan Groggs Of Injury Reserve Dead At 32". Stereogum. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  13. ^ Kent, Sara-Aisha (July 1, 2020). "Jordan Groggs' cause of death a mystery as rapper dies suddenly". mirror. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  14. ^ Dos Monos [@dosmonostres] (July 24, 2020). "Thank you Injury Reserve @InjuryReserve for joining us on "Aquarius". RIP Stepa, we're honored to have met you" (Tweet). Archived from the original on December 28, 2021. Retrieved May 30, 2022 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Aminé [@heyamine] (August 7, 2020). "My sophomore album Limbo, out now. t.co/F40WRoHPkS t.co/V8EqQMDn0Z" (Tweet). Archived from the original on December 26, 2021. Retrieved May 30, 2022 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ "By the Time I Get to Phoenix | Bandcamp". Bandcamp. September 16, 2021. Retrieved September 16, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ Injury Reserve [@InjuryReserve] (October 4, 2021). "BtTIGtouring starts this friday in Chicago, unfortunately Zeroh won't be able to join us anymore so @colloboh will now be playing in Chicago and Philadelphia and @slausonmalone will be playing New York as well ! t.co/k457tiFS3d" (Tweet). Archived from the original on October 13, 2021. Retrieved May 30, 2022 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ "'He was the heart of the band': Injury Reserve on a future without Groggs". Huck Magazine. September 15, 2021. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  19. ^ Injury Reserve [@InjuryReserve] (January 12, 2018). "TICKETS ON SALE NOW. INJURY RESERVE ARENA TOUR 2018. 🎫 t.co/bmtXe0CYXr t.co/2kdSpRlfAm" (Tweet). Archived from the original on May 28, 2022. Retrieved May 30, 2022 – via Twitter.
  20. ^ Injury Reserve [@InjuryReserve] (June 3, 2019). "INJURY RESERVE WORLD TOUR. US/EUROPE TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS FRIDAY. AUSTRALIA/NZ/JAPAN RUN STARTS THIS THURSDAY IN CHRISTCHURCH. t.co/iz3B9M6QZf" (Tweet). Archived from the original on May 28, 2022. Retrieved May 30, 2022 – via Twitter.
  21. ^ Injury Reserve [@InjuryReserve] (September 7, 2021). "BtTIGtouring us & euro dates this fall/winter, tickets go on sale friday at 10am local time. V thankful to have @slausonmalone joining us again and excited to play w @_zeroh ofc after mixing this new record w him <3 t.co/6MXqdstYN0" (Tweet). Archived from the original on January 22, 2022. Retrieved May 30, 2022 – via Twitter.
  22. ^ "Sorry to announce bttigtouring euro dates have been postponed to this summer and fall, now w added dates in Glasgow, Pohoda & Budapest, all tickets will roll over to these dates unless refunds are specifically requested, stay safe <3". Twitter. Retrieved June 16, 2022.
  23. ^ Twitter https://twitter.com/injuryreserve/status/1521385320641617920. Retrieved June 16, 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  24. ^ Injury Reserve [@InjuryReserve] (March 2, 2022). "Joint tour this May w Armand Hammer & AKAI SOLO, tickets will be available this Friday at noon est. t.co/5de7P5Akon" (Tweet). Archived from the original on March 2, 2022. Retrieved May 30, 2022 – via Twitter.
  25. ^ Injury Reserve [@InjuryReserve] (May 12, 2017). "NORTH AMERICAN TOUR w/ Ho99o9 t.co/r0h4X3Trfy" (Tweet). Archived from the original on May 28, 2022. Retrieved May 30, 2022 – via Twitter.
  26. ^ Injury Reserve [@InjuryReserve] (September 19, 2017). "North American tour with @THEUALIFESTYLE Tickets available now at t.co/bmtXe0CYXr t.co/SB9M5hHFq9" (Tweet). Archived from the original on May 28, 2022. Retrieved May 30, 2022 – via Twitter.
  27. ^ "Announcing we'll now be joining @bmblackmidi for 4 of their shows next April in Seattle, Vancouver, Portland & Berkeley". Twitter. Retrieved June 16, 2022.
  28. ^ "We'll be supporting IDLES @idlesband from August 30 to September 17 in Phoenix, Dallas, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Detroit, Toronto (2x), Cleveland, Newport (KY), Pittsburgh, DC, Brooklyn & Boston". Twitter. Retrieved June 16, 2022.