I guess after hearing that new Living Legends EP (The Gathering) I should have guessed I wasn’t going to be too thrilled with The Grouch’s latest effort. But, seeing as how he is, by far, my favorite Living Legends MC, I guess I still expected something dope. This album seems to fit into the general direction that his last couple have followed…with more and more of a hyphy, West coast gangster bounce to the beats and sound in general. Lyrically, The Grouch is still bringin some fresh, well thought out, socially conscious stuff, but these beats are killin me. Overall, I can’t say that I like this album much at all. My favorite track is definitely “Mom And Pop Killer” which is about big business (i.e. Walmart, Best Buy, etc.) destroying a lot of what is cool about you-name-it town U.S.A. With lyrics like:
“I’m gonna do a Wal-Mart exclusive, with Hallmark rhymes and Fisher Price gonna produce it
Oh. You ain’t hear? Weak lyrics. That’s the new shit, like all over print ain’t and tellin’ the truth is”
…it’s kinda hard not to dig. *Unless you’re one of the many that still haven’t open those eyes.
Another cool track (lyrically) is “Artsy”. It’s great how he sums up almost every kid that I used to see in the Art Dept. that thought they were so ‘Artsy’…hehehe. Once again though…the beat leaves me wanting to either read the lyrics of get the acapella to make a remix. (good idea?)
The biggest let down for me is the track “God Bless The Elephant” which features Abstract Rude. With two of my favorite MC’s, this track shoulda been the banger of the year.
So, get the album to listen to the lyrics. There’s a lotta smart shit on here and I think it could only help our society if more people paid attention. Who knows, maybe the beats’ll grow on me. (probably not)
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