The Grouch, Fuck the Dumb

Hua Hsu

By Hua Hsu

on 05.22.11 in Reviews

Fuck The Dumb

The Grouch

If you passed through a Bay Area record shop in the late ’90s, there’s a good chance a member of the Living Legends tried to sell you one of their tapes. Proof positive that you could travel the world with little more than some perseverance and a suitcase full of CDs, the Legends turned their status as “unsigned and hella broke” into a rallying cry. While their most successful member has proven to be the enigmatic MURS, the rest of them are worth checking for as well. Among their classic late-1990s releases, the Grouch’s Fuck the Dumb (featuring production by Eligh) is, as the title suggests, an immersive chronicle of the mellow Oakland rapper’s misanthropic pride.