LIVING LEGENDS-“The Gathering” (EP)

Posted: March 25, 2008 by dillion in Uncategorized

“Too many rappers overrated” begins the title track of “The Gathering,” the long-awaited new release from the Living Legends collective, and truer words were rarely spoken. It’s rare that a group of this size contains so much talent. The best known (and smoothest) of the group, is Murs, but the rest of them are underground legends in their own right: The Grouch, Luckyiam, Eligh, Scarub, Sunspot Jonz, Aesop (not Aesop Rock), and Bicasso. You also may have heard of their earlier groups, which included Mystik Journeymen and 3 Melancholy Gypsies.

Each member of the crew spits bars on every single one of the seven tracks, making every tune a pass-the-mic exercise in various styles, so it’s never tedious, never repetitive, never boring. You might think that this would make for overstuffed tunes, but there’s not a weak link in the bunch. All of the verses are funny, tough, and even occasionally moving. The production is top notch. The hooks are fire. I’m told this EP is just a prelude to a proper ’08 full-length. I can’t wait.

  1. Ryan says:

    Yo, have you ever heard any of the original Legends work? This EP is just trying to hard to get into the Hyphy movement and the Legends need to get back to what made them the best West Coast Hip Hop crew of all time! Listen to Classic and then come back and tell me that this comes anywhere near that!

  2. Nick says:

    ryan- if you’re going to pretty much come out and say this effort sucks, at least don’t cite “Classic” as “original legends work”… have you heard the UHB volumes? the “crappy old shit lp”.

    I was hopin’ this album would be a step up from classics cause that shit was pretty half assed.

  3. Mo says:

    This album rocks…. I love the ending of ‘after hours’ . If you downloaded this….your never gonna get laid :-p

    Forgive me for being ignorant but how is this HYphy in any way?

    Atmosphere’s coming to Rasputun…
    too bad the tickets to the Friday show in SF were sold out.

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