Mike Schpitz and Pete Sayke are Grumpy Old Men
Age ain’t nothin’ but a number according to the late, great Aaliyah. However, Hip Hop doesn’t seem to be very kind to it’s elders. Although artists like Jay-Z, Kanye West and Nas have managed to survive with the times and stay on top of the charts, most “legends” cannot manage to sustain a career into their thirties and forties, at least not putting out new music. While artists like Drake, Nicki Minaj, and B.O.B. have captured mainstream success in their early to mid twenties, one hip hop act is starting on the other side of the coin. Grumpy Old Men, the group that consists of emcees Mike Schpitz and Pete Sayke, came together to form the duo in their late twenties and are releasing their debut album, Sunday Skool as “Senior Citizen.”
Although both Mike Schpitz and Pete Sayke have been making music and performing for over a decade, they are still considered “newcomers” or “up and coming” by most unfamiliar listeners.Despite their senior status, Grumpy Old Men bring something fresh and new yet a sound that is nostalgic and reminiscent of hip hop’s “Golden Days.” Although the underground label will undoubtedly be cast over these Old Men, they have a certain crossover appeal that can be seen in their personalities and heard in their lyrically potent yet catchy songs. While most older artists are set in their ways or trying to reinvent themselves, the seasoned emcees are simply making great music. Sunday Skool will not only serve as an Grumpy Old Men’s introduction to hip hop but will certainly solidify these old timers as seasoned professionals that are only getting better with age.