The Grouch of Living Legends

Thursday, May 22

The Grouch may have just become a father a couple of years ago, but

his style has always been grown-up. One of the founding members of the

Bay Area crew Living Legends (now based in L.A.), the man's slung more

rhymes and delivered more records (seven solo records, five

collaborations) than, to quote Everlast, "the Bible's got songs." He's

deadly to the touch, his beats and lyrics as lapidary as a diamond

cutter's most precious creation. No wonder he's long existed as a main

man of the West Coast's gangsta-eschewing independent hip-hop

movement. For his latest album, Show You the World, released in April,

the Grouch tapped a slew of guests, including neo-soul crooner Raphael

Saadiq and fellow Legends member MURS, to help him figure out the

whole fatherhood thing, a topic that, if not front and center on one

of the 15 cuts, looms in the background like a blessed omen. With

Xperience, Mind Movers, and DJ WD40. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St.,

632-2020. 8 p.m. $12. All ages. KEVIN CAPP

Thu., May 22, 8 p.m., 2008

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