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.
By John Morthland on 05.17.11 in Icons
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By Douglas Wolk on 03.03.14 in Interviews
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By Douglas Wolk on 11.19.13 in Who Is...?s
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