Zion I & The Grouch
Mohawk Patio (912 Red River St)
Artists: Zion I & The Grouch
About: At a time when fans have come to expect only 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. "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 creativity, it just flows when we get together in the studio." "And, though I live in LA, 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."