April 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: The Grouch & Eligh – The Tortoise & The Crow: 333

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The Grouch & Eligh

The Tortoise & The Crow: 333

Self-Released

Street: 02.18

The Grouch & Eligh = Deltron + Sweatshop Union

Hip-hop fans: Place this high on your listening priority. The Grouch & Eligh got their start the DIY way, and have been able to keep a steady fanbase without being attached to a label. As if to prove that it’s possible to rise to the top being selfmade, 333 was produced by legends such as Ant (from Atmosphere), Pretty Lights and Zion-I’s AmpLive. Using futuristic samples and slick beats, this album solidifies their style more than it digs into new territory. Each track has a unique spin—“ANX” ft. Prof has a satisfying drum intro while “Hella Fresh” is rhythmic and tribal like an M.I.A. song. A three-disk mega-release featuring guest appearances by Slightly Stoopid, Kreayshawn, and Pigeon John may seem like a gimmick, but rest assured that all of the tracks are worthwhile. –Kia McGinnis
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