At a time when the norm is one good track on any given album, Bay Area act Zion I and Living Legend's front-man The Grouch have created something different: a record comprised of 15 varied, soul-drenched, equally impressive tracks. The latest effort from these two formidable hip-hop acts, 'Heroes in the City of Dope,' will have heads hyphy, uplifted, and pondering social ills-all within one album.
Tracks like "Current Affairs" calls for heads to reject sensationalistic news and mind control by the mass media. "Trigger" tackles the issues of the Homeland Security Act and the diminishing rights of everyday citizens. But Zion I and The Grouch never stick a formula. Take "Hit Em," featuring Bay Area Hyphy emcee Mistah F.A.B. Simple and bangin,' the track demonstrates both these west coasts acts are too raw and versatile to be relegated to underground hip-hop.
"Our past collaborations—Silly Puddy and Flow—were always fan favorites," explains emcee Zion of Zion I of why the two acts decided to collaborate, "and the creativity just flows when we get together in the studio."
"We all share a strong connection with Oakland," adds The Grouch of the title that he says is also a spin on the Too $hort track on the 1989 Life Is...LP "A lot of beauty and hope has come out of the struggle here."
Guests on the record includes emcee Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, soul and funk rocker Martin Luther, the multi-talented singer Esthero. Production on Heroes in the City is handled by Amp Live. Guest producers include Headnodic (Crown City Rockers), Eligh (Living Legends), and The Grouch.
With Heroes.., The Grouch and Zion I give fans an entire album of inspired tracks, proving again that they're consummate artists and here to stay for the long hall.
Watch the "Hit Em" video here
On tour with Crown City Rockers & Visionaries, Hanger 18, Bicasso & Deuce Eclipse and Pigeon John.
Friday, Nov. 3rd - Albuquerque, NM @ The Sunshine Theatre
Saturday, Nov. 4th - Phoenix, Az @ TBA
Sunday, Nov. 5th - Tucson, Az @ Club Congress
Monday, Nov. 6th - Flagstaff, Az @ Orpheum
Tuesday, Nov. 7th - San Diego, Ca @ The Casbah
Wednesday, Nov. 8th - Los Angeles, Ca @ The Knitting Factory
Canada (all dates w/ Deuce Eclipse)
Friday, Nov. 16th - Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon Theatre
Friday, Nov. 17th - Red Deer @ TBA
Saturday, Nov. 18th - Edmonton @ Sidetrack
Monday, Nov. 20th - Calgary @ Hi-Fi
Tuesday, Nov. 21st - Fernie @ Royal Hotel
Wednesday, Nov. 22nd - Nelson @ Hume Hotel
Thursday, Nov. 23rd - Karmloops @ TBA
Friday, Nov. 24th - Whistler @ TBA
Saturday, Nov. 25th - Victoria @ TBA
East Coast/Mid West (all dates w/ Deuce Eclipse, CX and Zeph & Azeem)
Tuesday, Nov. 28th - Alliston, Ma @ Great Scott
Wednesday, Nov. 29th - Burlington, Vt @ Nectar's
Thursday, Nov. 30th - Baltimore, Md @ Sonar
Friday, Dec. 1st - Brooklyn, Ny @ Southpaw
Saturday, Dec. 2nd - Philadelphia, Pa @ The Fire
Tuesday, Dec. 5th - Hamilton, On @ Casbah
Wednesday, Dec. 6th - London, Ontario @ Call the Office
Thursday, Dec. 7th - Ann Arbor, Mi @ TBA
Friday, Dec. 8th - Chicago, Il @ Abbey
Saturday, Dec. 9th - Madison, Wi @ Annex
Sunday, Dec. 10th - Minneapolis, Mn @ 7th St. Entry
Hit 'em feat. Mistah FAB
Too Much feat. Chali2na
Make U Fly feat. Esthero
"This album proves that Zion I and The Grouch will continue to shine by delivering powerful messages and thought provoking subject matter through their diverse sound." — The Source
"Keeping it transcendental, Oakland's Zion I and The Grouch ride some sublimely breezy Fender Rhodes textures courtesy of producer Amp Live and drops some disarming populist rap philosophizing." — Vibe
"Producer Amp Live continues to expand the group's sonic boundaries by adding live instrumentation to his mix, while MC Zion digs deeper into his lyrical knapsack." — XXL